Tens of thousands of supporters turned out despite cold weather last night as Mitt Romney and his wife addressed an outdoor rally at a farm near Yardley on the final weekend of their campaign for the White House.
The couple arrived at Shady Brook Farm aboard a blue and white campaign bus shortly after the theme from Rocky blared from the loudspeakers. As supporters waited – the Romneys were a little more than an hour late – they waved American flags and Romney-Ryan signs under the floodlights, and chanted “U.S.A.”
Ann Romney told the faithful that their votes were needed on Tuesday “to save this country.”
“I’m standing with the man I have stood with in 42 years of marriage. I have seen him be exceptional in every way, and I can tell you he will not fail,” she said to cheers.
Romney then took the microphone and urged people to donate to the Red Cross, the Salvation Army or other organizations that are helping fellow citizens recover from last week’s devastation from Hurricane Sandy. The Republican candidate and former governor of Massachusetts lauded the actions of the governors of the hard-hit states for their work in helping in the recovery, and mentioned New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by name.
“We appreciate his hard work,” Romney said.
Christie, a Republican, made political waves last week by touring his flood-ravaged home state with Romney’s Democratic opponent, President Obama.
Both presidential candidates have been largely absent from Pennsylvania for most of the campaign, and public opinion polls have consistently put the state in Obama’s column. But Romney predicted that he would win Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes on Election Day.
“The people of American understand that we are taking back the White House because we’re going to win Pennsylvania,” he said.
A surrogate for Obama, former President Bill Clinton, is planning a campaign stop at Montgomery County Community College this afternoon.
Last night, Romney blasted Obama’s record over the last four years, deriding Obamacare and pointing to the budget deficit, both of which were greeted with loud boos from the crowd.
Romney said Obama had “fallen so very short” of the promises he made when he ran for president in 2008. Romney said the president had failed to deliver on those promises. “He hasn’t. I will,” Romney said to loud cheers.EndFragment