Thursday, January 17, 2008

Romney- "Together We Will Fix Things"

Romney vows to 'fix things'

By: Gina Smith
The State

"Fresh off a much-needed win in his native Michigan and itching to build on his momentum, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney rallied supporters Wednesday in Columbia.

"Wearing no tie and no jacket, Romney appeared more casual than usual as he spoke to a crowd of about 400 at USC's Russell House on his plans to strengthen the economy, bolster the military by 100,000 troops and lower taxes for the middle class.

"An estimated 100 more were not allowed into the ballroom because of fire codes, according to Romney's campaign.

"'What I've heard is Washington is broken,' Romney said. 'Together we will fix things.'"

... Anne Buchanan and Kim Becker of Columbia, Romney supporters who attended Wednesday's rally. ..

"'All of his values are those of a true conservative,' said Buchanan, who supports Romney's education plan.

"'He's a very honest candidate,' Becker added. 'He's very down-to-earth.'"

"Wednesday, Romney attempted to distinguish himself as the candidate with business experience, an attribute that gave him a big boost in Michigan, according to exit polling.

"'It makes sense to fight for every single good job,' he said, noting that embracing innovation is key.

"'Anytime you see an industry that's struggling, you say ... "Is there some way of investing in technology, in innovation? Is there some new idea? Is there some way that America can keep its hold on this industry?"' Romney said to the crowd. 'If I'm president, I'm going to fight to keep every good job in this country.'"

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