Romney urges Roanoke County crowd to convince 2008 Obama voters to switch (with Storify feed)
By Mason Adams
A fired-up Mitt Romney rallied a crowd of just under 3,000 in Roanoke County this morning at the first of three stops in Virginia.
Romney played off one of President Barack Obama’s slogans of four years ago – “Hope and change” -- by arguing that he offers “real change.”
After a few days of relative political truce for Hurricane Sandy and its fallout, Romney was back on the offensive while speaking at Integrity Windows in the Bonsack area of Roanoke County, contrasting what he sees as two different paths for the American people.
If Obama is re-elected, the Republican candidate said, American debt will reach $20 trillion in four years. Romney said the United States will follow a “road to crisis” similar to that that has affected debt-stricken European countries like Greece and Spain. And he predicted that seniors will have trouble getting Medicare coverage for specialists, as it will be cut to fund the health care reform law, or Obamacare.
But Romney said he will create 12 million jobs by cutting taxes, streamlining government regulations and freeing “below-the-ground” energy resources like coal, oil and natural gas.
Romney spoke for about 24 minutes, with U.S. Senate candidate George Allen standing beside him and a banner reading “Real Change on Day One” behind him. Romney urged the enthusiastic crowd to seek out friends who voted for Obama in the last election, and convince them to vote for him.
Doors opened at 7:30 a.m., and Romney took the stage at about 10:20 a.m. See highlights and photos in our Storify stream below.