Romney emphasizes jobs, less debt, smaller government at Toledo rallyWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stopped in Toledo on Feb. 29, bringing a mantra of “more jobs, less debt and smaller government.”
About 150 people gathered at the American Posts factory, a manufacturer of metal fence posts, to see Romney, who won Arizona and Michigan primaries the day before. In Michigan, Romney won by about 3 percentage points over former Sen. Rick Santorum who was in Perrysburg on Feb. 28.
State Auditor Dave Yost kicked off the rally with an endorsement and “How ’bout that win last night?” He praised Romney’s experience and ability to turn around economy and deficit before handing the microphone over to Romney’s wife, Ann.
When the couple’s five sons were growing up, Romney would tell his wife she had a more important job than him raising their sons. Now, she said, “His job might be more important than my job.”
She said she had declared four years ago when her husband was running for the Republican seat against John McCain that she didn’t want to go through the process again. However, when she asked Romney about the country, “Can you fix it?” and he replied that he could, she decided to support him.
“He’s a turnaround guy,” she said of her spouse.
Romney spoke next and said of his wife, who he met in elementary school, “I was in the fourth grade and she was in the second grade and so I did not pay any attention to her, but when she became a sophomore I started to pay attention to her.” He then lauded his victories the night before talking about President Barack Obama.
“This president has made some promises he’s not been able to keep,” Romney said, later adding “It’s amazing he’s been such a failure.”
Romney cited the trillion-dollar deficit as one of Obama’s failures. If he is elected, Romney said he would cutback or eliminate unnecessary government programs to cut back on that deficit. In order to determine what to cut he’d ask himself if the program was worthy of borrowing from China for.
Later in his speech, Romney said “on day one, I will declare China a currency manipulator,” saying that China doesn’t play fair when it comes to patents and keeps currency at falsely low levels.
“This president has sat idly by and watched that happen. Oh, he complains; he says he would take them to the mat, but they’ve walked all over him,” Romney said.
He praised American Posts for keeping jobs in the U.S. The subsidiary of Toledo’s Universal Metals is the last remaining manufacturer of metal fence posts in America. “I love businesses like this,” Romney declared.
Romney also said if elected, he would send programs like food stamps, housing vouchers and Medicare to state governments to deal with instead of the federal government.
The co-founder of Bain Capital briefly addressed energy, saying if elected he would bring the Keystone Pipeline in from Canada. Romney then launched into his plan to cut taxes by 20 percent to create jobs.
He also criticized Obama’s plan to cut military spending by $500 billion over the next decade. “You know our troops were stretched to the breaking point in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Romney said.
In the end, “This is really a campaign about differences,” he said. “For me, this is all about more jobs, less debt and smaller government.”
Sylvania Township resident Sherri Burton, who attended both the Santorum and Romney rallies, said if she had to vote today, she’d choose Romney.
She said she believes that Santorum is more for the “backbone of America” while Romney is more for “job creators.”
“He gets it,” she said of Romney, comparing him to the man on Flight 93 who said “let’s roll.”
Before the rally, Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher aka “Joe the Plumber,” a Republican candidate for in the primary to represent District 9 said he didn’t favor either candidate yet. However, either would be preferable to Obama, he said.
“I’ll go grab a guy off the street and he’d be better than Obama,” he added.