Romney Hopes for Home-Field Advantage
By Juliet Eilperin
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Speaking in an office furniture warehouse here this morning, Mitt Romney told roughly 100 supporters he was counting on Michigan voters like themselves to help jump-start his presidential campaign.
"We're going to do it today," Romney declared, standing below blue-and-white "Washington Is Broken" placards. "We're going to get it going today."
The former Massachusetts governor -- who came in second in both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary -- is counting on Michigan to deliver him his first major primary win despite the serious challenge he faces here from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Romney has consistently highlighted his Michigan roots while campaigning here over the past week, and today his wife Ann introduced him by saying that as they watched the snow fall this morning, it reminded them of growing up in the state.
"I remember so many snowy mornings," she said. "This is our home, and this is our heritage."
Today's event, conducted in a storage facility for a company owned by Michigan's former lieutenant governor Dick Posthumus, was aimed more at rallying Romney's allies than at winning over undecided voters. Peggy Adams and her husband Jerry, who live in St. Louis, traveled to Grand Rapids to make calls on his behalf today.
Adams, who also volunteered for Romney in Iowa, said she viewed her candidate's chances of winning the GOP nomination as "awesome," despite the fact that he came in second place in both Iowa and New Hampshire. "You just keep working and keep the faith," she said, moving away to sign up more volunteers.
Romney, wearing a casual blue-and-white plaid shirt and matching blue jacket with khakis, delivered his usual stump speech before the crowd, saying he wanted to fix a failed federal government. He pointed to the "to do list" he said he compiled after listening to voters on the campaign trail, and declared, "You'll see number thirteen was taped on. That was added at the last meeting." In fact, he made that same comment on Jan. 7 in New Hampshire.
"We have real problems in this country and real opportunities, and Washington is just fiddling and diddling, as an old announcer from Boston would say," he told the group. "I will go to Washington to stop the bickering, the sniping, the partisanship and the score settling. I will go to Washington to get the job done for America."
Romney generated his biggest applause line of the morning speaking not about Michigan specifically, but of his commitment to curbing illegal immigration to the U.S. "There's no special pathway for illegals," he said, eliciting cheers.
And then, after speaking of how Americans are united in their support for the troops and joking to supporters, "make sure you vote once or twice, three or four times, whatever it takes," Romney left the stage, to the sounds of the Forest Hills Northern High School jazz band.
Posted by: nicklan | January 15, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: rat-the | January 15, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: jeffboste | January 15, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: akbriskwood | January 15, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: marinepatriot | January 15, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: rat-the | January 15, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.