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Huge crowd for Romney shocks officials in Ohio town
standard.net ^ | 10/11/2012 | Rachel Lloyd

Posted on 10/11/2012 10:43:37 AM PDT by Signalman

SIDNEY, Ohio -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney received a warm reception on a cold evening at the Shelby County Fairgrounds Wednesday as he addressed a crowd estimated at more than 8,500 people, more than eight times the number expected to turn out.

Josh Romney, one of five sons, introduced his father, describing the former governor of Massachusetts as "my hero and the next president of the United States."

As the elder Romney took the stage, the sea of people rose into a breaking wave of cell phones and cameras to capture the momentous event, chanting "four more weeks, four more weeks!" Romney told the crowd he’d been watching President Barack Obama’s rallies hearing the chants of "four more years, but said, "I’ve been looking at my calendar and I think ’four more weeks’ is more appropriate."

Romney, who will face the incumbent Obama at the polls in just under four weeks, appealed to his largely rural and working-class audience with his focus on jobs, health care and the estate tax. He commented several times on the size of the crowd and thanked everyone for coming out.

"The median income in this country has dropped by $4,300 per family," Romney said of the past four years. "And with median income around 50 thousand bucks, that’s a huge drop."

Romney said health care premiums are up $2,500, while Obama promised they would drop by that amount.

He pointed out the increase in gasoline prices: "double since he’s been president, or more."

"These are tough times. The president’s answer to this is to say he’s going to save Big Bird," Romney said to a laugh from the crowd. "My view is it’s better to have a president that’s going to save the American family and help people across this country." The laughter turned to rousing cheers.

The candidate said the country "can’t afford another four years like the last four years have been," adding that re-electing Obama would mean continued rising prices and falling incomes.

Romney brought up last week’s presidential debate and said he and the president have interests in common but they differ in how they would resolve problems.

"We both care very deeply about helping the middle class of America and helping get people out of poverty and into the middle class," Romney said. "Our process for doing that couldn’t be more different."

Romney said the president wanted to raise taxes. "I want to lower taxes on small business," Romney said.

The candidate said he wanted to eliminate the estate tax, which he said was an impediment in passing farms down within a family.

Romney also expressed his support for energy independence, including taking advantage of all of the nation’s resources and technology from oil to natural gas to nuclear to wind energy. He said he wanted to double the number of licenses for drilling on federal land and open up drilling in Alaska.

Romney pointed out the cuts Obama has made to military funding.

"I will not cut the military," Romney said. "Our military must be second to none."

Romney also supported opening up trade to support American manufacturing, particularly in Latin America, and reducing federal spending to balance the federal budget.

Small businesses, Romney said, too often see the federal government as "the enemy," stating that he wants a government that "champions small business," and passes regulations that support rather than suppress a free market system. He said he also wants to get "Obamacare out of the way of creating jobs."

Romney said the president has failed in his leadership and has failed to bring Congress together.

He shared anecdotes of the people he has met along the campaign trail and how they have inspired him, including a war widow who held no hard feelings against the protesters at her husband’s funeral.

After leaving the stage, Romney walked along the edge of the crowd, shaking hands and posing for pictures with his eager supporters. Even as he approached his motor coach, he turned and ran back to shake more hands before proceeding on his way.

Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart said of the event that everything came together smoothly.

"I can’t think of anything that fell through the cracks," he said. He complimented Sidney’s police force and said there were no problems from anyone in the crowd.

Lenhart said the sheriff’s office had about 15 personnel working the site, while the Sidney Police Department provided an additional 11 people. No mutual aid was called in for other county law enforcement agencies. The Sidney Fire Department provided fire and medical support, but there were no problems.

Chris Gibbs, chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party, said the event was a "huge undertaking" but was an undeniable success.

"The Romney team was meticulous in organizing, and the ability to put on a production like this in such a short amount of time is fantastic," Gibbs said.

Attendance far surpassed the initial projection of about 1,000.

"I was initially concerned there were still folks outside when the program started," Gibbs said. The line stretched several deep the whole length of the fairgrounds and most of the way around the racetrack as the thousands patiently moved in.

"I believe everyone got to see (Gov. John) Kasich and certainly everyone got to see Romney," Gibbs said, adding that the last few hundred people in line were not fully screened through security and were instead directed to a site outside the fenced area enclosing those who had gone through screening.

Gibbs said he was able to spend some time with Romney before he took the stage, and found the candidate to be "very confident. He was truly impressive to me."

Gibbs also said Romney seemed "very appreciative of what Shelby County put together."

"The help and support from the city of Sidney, Mayor (Michael) Barhorst, the Sidney Police Department, the sheriff’s department, the fairgrounds staff and (Sidney City Schools) Superintendent (John) Scheu was far beyond the call of duty," said Gibbs, who spearheaded the drive to bring the candidate to Shelby County.

"That shows what kind of community we have here," Gibbs said. "We put our shoulder to the wheel and we get things done."


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: crowd; oh2012; ohio; rally

1 posted on 10/11/2012 10:43:43 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Signalman

2 posted on 10/11/2012 10:45:06 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Signalman

“The Sidney Fire Department provided fire and medical support, but there were no problems. “

Republicans are sooo boring.


3 posted on 10/11/2012 10:47:45 AM PDT by RitchieAprile (Gentle but bold...)
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To: Signalman
Local news in OH will report this tonite.

I predict Romney moves ahead in OH based on the fact that people want to vote for a winner.

4 posted on 10/11/2012 10:49:04 AM PDT by what's up
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To: Signalman
"can’t afford another four years like the last four years have been,"

They would be even worse. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

As in re-electing this loser.

5 posted on 10/11/2012 10:51:52 AM PDT by Kenny (<p)
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To: Signalman; Cincinatus' Wife

Bump!


6 posted on 10/11/2012 10:52:48 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: All

video of the event:

http://www.rightspeak.net/2012/10/mitt-romney-campaign-rally-in-sidney-oh.html


7 posted on 10/11/2012 10:53:10 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: txrangerette; Signalman

.....”Gibbs said he was able to spend some time with Romney before he took the stage, and found the candidate to be “very confident. He was truly impressive to me.”

Gibbs also said Romney seemed “very appreciative of what Shelby County put together........”

BUMP!


8 posted on 10/11/2012 11:01:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Signalman

The Romney campaign also probably paid the full costs of extra security, unlike the obastard campaign...


9 posted on 10/11/2012 11:16:11 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: piytar; All

More photos "Romney Crowd in Sidney, Ohio is “Obama Size” According to Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times"

10 posted on 10/11/2012 11:36:45 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Signalman
Sydney Oh is in Shelby County. This is right smack dab in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE!

8,500 people is more than 20% of the entire county population.Only 23,000 people voted in Shelby county in 2008. more than 2-1 for McCain.

This is a huge crowd for a city of 20,000 and a county of 40,000.

11 posted on 10/11/2012 12:07:31 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: what's up
Local news in OH will report this tonite.

And I suspect it will be along the lines of, "More than one-hundred supporters showed up at the Romney rally...."

12 posted on 10/11/2012 12:13:27 PM PDT by kevao (Is your ocean any lower than it was four years ago?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Great turnout — BTTT Hooray for Sidney, OH!


13 posted on 10/11/2012 12:38:30 PM PDT by Angelwood (FReepers are Everywhere! We Support Our Troops! (NEVER TRUST DEMOCRATS))
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To: Signalman
Sydney Oh is in Shelby County. This is right smack dab in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE!

8,500 people is more than 20% of the entire county population.Only 23,000 people voted in Shelby county in 2008. more than 2-1 for McCain.

This is a huge crowd for a city of 20,000 and a county of 40,000.

14 posted on 10/11/2012 12:41:28 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Signalman
Sydney Oh is in Shelby County. This is right smack dab in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE!

8,500 people is more than 20% of the entire county population.Only 23,000 people voted in Shelby county in 2008. more than 2-1 for McCain.

This is a huge crowd for a city of 20,000 and a county of 40,000.

15 posted on 10/11/2012 12:41:36 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Jim from C-Town

Shelby County Ohio has nearly 50k in population.

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/39/39149.html


16 posted on 10/11/2012 12:53:23 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
Yes, not exactly a huge county by any measure. That means close to 20% of the population and close to fifty Percent of the electorate was at the rally.

I assume SOME people have jobs they have to go to in that county.

It is a very large crowd and very telling!

17 posted on 10/11/2012 1:02:07 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Jim from C-Town
Sidney is in Ohio, USA.

Sydney is in New South Wales, AUS.

Sidney is in the middle of farm country ... good people.

18 posted on 10/11/2012 1:08:40 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Jim from C-Town
About an hour to Dayton with ~150k population.

40 minutes from Lima with ~40k,

If you want to see what the middle of nowhere is, you should try some states that have over 100 miles to the nearest Walmart.

19 posted on 10/11/2012 1:15:04 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
For Ohio that IS the middle of nowhere. Ohio is a large population state with over eleven Million people. People from Dayton generally DO NOT drive sixty + miles to go to a political rally. Same with Lima.

It is a smaller county, certainly in the smaller half of the populations of Counties in the state. However, it is on the I-75 Corridor. that makes it within reasonable distance to several other areas. Noe the less, it is an impressive turn out for a county of less than fifty thousand TOTAL population and less than 24,000 people voted in this county in 2008.

It is an impressive showing and I believe it bodes well for the Romney campaign.

20 posted on 10/11/2012 1:30:43 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

People will say what they say, but this guy is looking more presidential every day. I’m lovin’ it.


21 posted on 10/11/2012 1:31:15 PM PDT by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
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To: Signalman

Thank you Signalman, fantastic and inspiring video.

:)

http://www.rightspeak.net/2012/10/mitt-romney-campaign-rally-in-sidney-oh.html


22 posted on 10/11/2012 1:31:46 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: thackney
Also there are about 500,000 people in the Dayton area and about 100,000 in Alan county, where Lima is the County Seat.
23 posted on 10/11/2012 1:34:45 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Jim from C-Town

Great speech. Romney / Ryan is WWWAAAYYYYYYY better than McCain, Dole, or W on the stump and in the debates.

He looks and acts like a leader.

I never wince when he is in a debate or representing us and most of all - HE LOVES THE COUNTRY!


24 posted on 10/11/2012 1:52:34 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Jim from C-Town

I am not trying to put down the turnout. It was a very good showing.

I grew up in Ohio, since then I’ve lived in Texas, Alaska and Yemen.

If you are looking for the middle of nowhere, you won’t find it in Ohio.

It was an impressive showing and it does bode well for the Romney campaagn.


25 posted on 10/11/2012 2:04:11 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

You are correct, Ohio doesn’t have middle of nowhere like TX, OK, or NE do. I agree. For Ohio =, however, it is the middle of nowhere.


26 posted on 10/11/2012 2:06:05 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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