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Romney Calls for Return to American Values

During stop in Leesburg, Romney continued pressing his case against Obama.

While Republican candidate Gov. Mitt Romney ended his campaign stop in Leesburg Wednesday with comments that he wants to bring America together, one of his supporters kicked off the event by seemingly questioning President Barack Obama’s faith.

“I know who Romney prays to. That’s the same god that I pray, too,” said musician Andy Griggs, adding that he wasn’t so sure about other folks in Washington, DC.

An estimated 8,000 people showed up to see Romney speak at Ida Lee Park in Loudoun County. Both presidential candidates and their wives have each made at least one stop in Loudoun, considered a bellwether of Virginia. And Virginia is one of the key swing states in this year’s campaign, pitting challenger Romney against the president.

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A who’s who of Loudoun Republicans took the stage for parts of the ceremony, including Delegates Barbara Comstock, Randy Minchew and Joe May, and U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf.

Griggs was not the only entertainer tapped to pitch for Romney in Leesburg. Comedian Dennis Miller helped warm the crowd as well. Miller said you might actually hear the word “gosh” pop out of Romney’s mouth.

“We had the hipster president. Isn’t it time for the ‘gosh’ president,” Miller said, offering his reason for why many people have said Romney looks presidential. “It has little to do with his appearance and it has everything to do with the way he has lived his life.”

Character was a theme throughout the evening. Minchew said Romney “has the mind, the intellect, the character, the grace to be an outstanding president.”

Wolf introduced Romney and said, “America is in trouble” because of its $16 trillion in debt.

When Romney took the stage, he said Obama’s strategy was misguided and has run out of steam.

“The president’s policies are operating on fumes,” he said. “It’s time to get a president who can get this country to work again.”

Romney warned that Obama’s policies will increase taxes for everyone and cut Medicare for seniors, assertions denied by Obama’s camp. On the contrary, Obama’s campaign says Romney’s policies call for lower taxes and more spending, which equate to higher deficits or higher taxes.

“There’s one place he’s willing to cut spending, and that’s for our military,” Romney said about Obama, raising concerns about that position. “I don’t think the world’s a safe place. America’s military must be second to none and so strong no one will ever test us.”

Romney also touched on government regulation indirectly, suggesting the government can get in the way of progress.

“Our economy is driven by freedom, by people pursuing their dreams,” he said. “I want to brink that back. It’s also driven by patriotism. I want to bring America together. I want to restore the values that make Americans what we are.”

And like everyone who has stopped in Virginia, Romney made it clear that every vote here counts.

“It’s up to you guys in Virginia. You could make the difference,” he said.

The stop came one night after Romney and Obama faced off in their second debate. The third and final debate is set for Monday.

Shellie October 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Romney will win and I can't wait to see America's potential realized! Governor Romney was so inspirational, it was magical! Last night I felt proud to be an American (haven't for 4 years) and the crowd was energized! It truly was AMAZING!
Dan M October 18, 2012 at 01:25 PM
It's a true shame what a President Romney will do to the already decimated middle class. I used to hope that my children would be able to achieve the same level of success that I have (living in a nice house and sending my kids to a quality public school in Loudoun). With Romney the the Republicans in charge, I can only hope they find a nice rich person to work for. For now, it's critical that folks make the positive choice to keep Obama in the White House and keep the middle class on the right path.
Bob October 18, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I read a comment from someone who said he "fears" what Romney will "do to the middle class and how it will hurt my children". Seriously? Does this commenter pay any attention at all to what the current administration policies have done to the middle class the past four years? By ALL measures, people are much worse off; due in part to electing a president who had no idea how the economy works because he was unqualified for office. Romney is a successful businessman who brings a real track record that can be measured. Obama brought hope. You decide.
Colter95 October 18, 2012 at 02:29 PM
And the middle class is decimated because of Obama's policies the last four years... There are few jobs, those who are lucky enough to have jobs are earning less than what they did four years ago, and the price of everything has gone up... The price of gas has doubled... I just don't understand how anyone can objectively look at the last four years and be sincere in wanting four more years of the same... Obama has added $6 trillion to the national debt in less than four years, and has shown little concern for a balanced budget... With the economy, jobs, and debt control being the most important issues facing the country, I want a person with a lot of experience in business, finance, and budgets... That's Romney!!
Independent Businessman October 18, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Before voting for President, everyone should read this Washington Post article -- that quotes Romney's inner circle of advisors on how they came up with their forecast of creating 12 million new jobs (and in a much longer period than 4 years with a different set of policies than Romney articulates): http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-romneys-facts-are-curious-things/2012/10/17/11157cc6-189f-11e2-9855-71f2b202721b_story.html
Bob October 18, 2012 at 02:39 PM
May we all assume that you got your "nice house" by working a job that was created by an entrepreneur who is likely wealthier than you are (i.e, maybe...horrors..."rich"?)? Or did someone give it to you? How about the concept of teaching your children that, with a free enterprise mentality, they don't have to rely on government or ANY "rich guy" to provide. They can start a business and make it on their own. What a novel concept --- that your kids will not hear in any quality public school because that concept is not taught there. But Romney lived it and his example can actually show it to ALL young people. That's real hope, not the kind we were sold in 2008.
Dell October 18, 2012 at 04:02 PM
This is completely backwards. Romney will restore a future for your kids. You really want them to keep living the life of these past four years? Obama is taking the middle class down the path to ruin. We'll all be equally poor with no opportunity to rise.
Dell October 18, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Yes, it was an incredible experience. We were all so excited at the thought of a strong, free, and prosperous America being restored!
VA_in_VA October 18, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Read? Facts? no, no... that's crazy. I know he's a Muslim. I know he's a socialist. I don't need facts. Facts are like science, and science is bad news That's UnAmerican... and I'm a better American than you are because I follow exactly what Sean Hannity and Rush tell me rather try and reach out a learn about things on my own. After the proper phrase is "mega-ditto's" because its so much easier than doing it yourself. Just let Rush tell you what to think and everything will be fine!
Bob October 18, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Funny that everyone brands anyone who listens to or watches conservative media gets branded like VA_in_VA's diatribe. Also funny that conservative media bludgeons liberal media collectively; I have always wondered why. I've talked with many people who hammer Hannity and Limbaugh et al; but it turns out they don't listen to either one (they'd rather tune in to Holllywood entertainers, waste-of-time TV, and hip hop music), but they "know" what they say somehow. The "fact" is that conservative media list facts more often than columnists like Dana Milbank; but liberals like Dana's facts better, and their only recourse is to slam their opponents with typical big brushes. So I say, vote for more of the last 4 years and be happy with your vote.
Bob October 18, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Romney was "apparently" running behind Obama until recently. Funny that the more people see Romney live and unfiltered the more his numbers go up. Fast. Women fleeing the Obama team in droves. I love sunlight.
VA_in_VA October 18, 2012 at 07:31 PM
As an engineer, I am someone who has to observe reason and science everyday. I have no time for anyone that dismisses it as wrong because they don't like the answer, whether it be climate change or evolution. I believe in college. I believe in education. Don't lecture me like you know me. I enjoy many conservative columnists such as Krystal and George Will. But I don't give the time of day to those who will ever use Rush or Hannity as an authority on anything. Both are ignorant blowhard college dropout entertainers that are damn lucky to be employed.
VA_in_VA October 18, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Yes, as he chances his stance on all issues on a daily basis and has his staff issue quiet press-releases stating that "oh, you know that that thing he said yesterday, forget it" Old Mitt the Windsock!
VA_in_VA October 18, 2012 at 07:38 PM
He's a Used Car Salesman. I feel dirty just listening.
Bob October 18, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Just b/c you are an engineer doesn't tell me anything b/c I have 2 engineering degrees. I don't bring that up in discussions. used-car salesman. I love the name-calling to which people resort. He's a businessman. But go ahead and vote again for the one-term senator who was elected b/c of what he did to his Democrat challenger. Community organizer...good at that, but it didn't prepare him to be the Chief Executive. And were paying for that. And just to be accurate, I never brought up the names Rush or Hannity. You did. I just responded, my friend. Friendly suggestion: I recommend proofing and spell-check; and stop misquoting press releases. If you want to quote someone, do it.
Shawn October 18, 2012 at 08:11 PM
America will move forward under the administration of PRESIDENT OBAMA. I am anticipating a bright future for my children and my children's children. Remember, this election will determine the future of our children, their children and our parents. Governor Romney is full of it! TEAM OBAMA MOVING FORWARD!!!
VA_in_VA October 18, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Yes, a business man. Someone who will say anything to anyone to close the deal. For clarity, I was quite conservative about 10 years ago. The neocons under Bush put an end to that one. Once Chaney started to threw fellow Intel folks under the bus because he didn't like hearing the truth, I got disgusted and left. I wished and hoped that someone in the GOP would stand up to the religious right and present a reasonable alternative. I'm sorry this guy isn't it. He's just the last guy standing. Finally, please don't try to insult me and call out "spell check" or "proof-read" as if your posts are equivalent to Thoreau or something. Go read some other posts on this site from your right-wing tea party folks and dare tell me mine are incoherent. We disagree, I am civil so try to civil as well. That's American.
KEL October 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM
If you are female and support Mitt the Glove, then I really feel for you. By the time he is through, SCOTUS and the Republican Party will own your body. Hope you are ready to abdicate your rights.
KEL October 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM
The women that are supposedly fleeing the Obama team were never on his team to begin with. These are mainly low-information voters who are easily swayed by the Noise at Fox. We'll see where they end up after all the debates are in and the ads quit running and the vote is in.
KEL October 18, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Hey, I have 3 engineering degrees but that doesn't mean anything more than you having two or the VA_in_VA having one. What is important is that you are too lazy to read the Republican platform that debunks sciences as biology, chemistry, climatology to name a few. Too deny tons of data and history has been shown to be dangerous in the past; electing Mitt the Glove and the Retropubs during this cycle will surely be catastrophic.
KEL October 18, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Again Colter95 and Dan M are too lazy to read or research history. The middle class has been in a slide starting with the Ronny Rayguns administration. Retropub congresses have been in control for 20 of the last 32 years; what if anything positive has been done by Congress during this period? We need to be able to assign tariffs to goods produced by countries that manipulate their currency like China and penalize the U.S. headquartered multinationals that have shipped just a few million jobs overseas and now withhold over $2T of bounty.
Independent Businessman October 19, 2012 at 03:01 PM
My post was not referring to "Milbank's facts" but to quotes from Romney's closest advisers that were presented in full context in Milbank's article. It was Romney's own people who disputed their candidate's assertions on the campaign trail because they could not make the numbers add up.
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I saw Obama yesterday claiming the new job numbers are proof that his policies are working and that we are in an economic recovery... Fact is, that is not the truth, or even close to the truth... First, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% and the year-to-date monthly average of 157,000 payroll jobs is barely enough to keep up with population growth -- much less make up for the 8 million jobs lost during the Great Recession. Second, the so-called real unemployment rate (U6) remains elevated at 14.6%, albeit down from 14.7% the prior month. Similarly, the labor participation rate is at 63.8%, up from its multi-decade low but still incredibly weak. Third, average hourly earnings fell a penny in October and average hours worked fell to 34.4 from 34.5 in September. Stagnant wages means "we're not generating income," Reinhart says. "That's a problem in terms of the durability of an economic expansion, which is usually fueled by consumption. To get consumption you've got to generate income." Also, just look at your checkbook. We are paying a lot more for everything now than we did in 2008. The price of gas has doubled. At the same time, wages have gone down, and that's if you're lucky to have a job. In 2008, 25 banks went out of business. In 2012, 48 banks have gone out of business. Almost double the amount. Does that sound like recovery to you? Don't believe the Obama lies!! Romney/Ryan 2012
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Please don't let Obama sweep Benghazi under the rug... Lets not forget those four who were left to be slaughtered in Benghazi... Every voter needs to read this excellent article... Very well worth your time... http://spectator.org/archives/2012/11/01/benghazi-obamas-core-deceit/ These are pretty good as well: http://www.gazette.com/opinion/romney-146793-obama-benghazi.html http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/benghazigate-obamas-many-lies-about-libya/ http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50657 http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/10/25/CBS-Busts-Obama--and-Itself-Hidden-60-Minutes-Clip-Proves-White-House-Lied-About-Benghazi Romney/Ryan 2012

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