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Clips from Romney rally in Cincinnati on Thursday
Cincinnati, Ohio - Former Governor and Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney today chided President Obama for fussing about Big Bird while introducing his new campaign theme, “Big change.” He said the Obama campaign is talking about, “smaller and smaller things” while America has such huge challenges.
He asked the approximately 4,000 supporters gathered at jet Machine, a Bond Hill manufacturer, “Do you want real big change in this country? I’m counting on Ohio to vote for big change.”
Jet Machine fabricates parts for the military, aerospace, oil and gas industries. According to a report in the Cincinnati Business Courier in August, the company has expanded under the Obama administration. The news story said, "CEO Rick Wulfeck said the company is in the running for a substantial defense contract."
Romney laid out his five point plan to create jobs in the country, repeating his goal of creating 12 million new jobs.
Speaking about education reform, a big change would be coming if elected. He said that because his campaign contributions don’t come largely from teacher’s unions, “I don’t have to do what the teacher’s unions tell me to do.” He will take all federal education dollars and give it directly to the child, allowing parents to choose the school their children will attend.
Romney was introduced by Ohio Sen. Rob Portman who said, “Hamilton County looks an awful lot like Romney-Ryan country to me this morning.” Pointing to Jet Machine employees behind him he said, “They did build this.”
The Obama for America campaign issued a statement shortly after Romney spoke. Ohio press secretary Jessica Kershaw said, “Mitt Romney’s visit today was just another attempt to try and convince Ohio workers that he stands by their side and will stand up to China - when in fact it’s just the opposite.” She called Romney a corporate buyout specialist, because he invested in companies that pioneered the practice of shipping jobs to places like China, shutting down American plants and firing workers.
Romney did not speak about two issues that are making national headlines, the terrorist murders in Libya and developing news about what the White House knew during and after the attack, and a story that broke Tuesday embarrassing his campaign. Romney just this week made his only TV ad endorsement of a senate candidate. The candidate is Richard Murdock who Tuesday during a debate with his opponent for the senate race in Indiana said that if a woman is raped and becomes pregnant, that the pregnancy must be the will of god. Reporters dogged Romney today during his Cincinnati visit asking him if he still supports Murdock. He ignored the questioning. (Read IndyStar.com)
Romney rounded up his speech today asking the crowd, “Do you want real big change in this country?”
The crowd roared, “Yes.”
“Well you’re going to get it on November 6,” he said.