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Romney: ‘We live for something bigger than ourselves’

photoTimes-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny Mitt Romney waves to a crowd of about 7,000 supporters at a rally at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg Oct. 17.

As he plans to do with a white Palladian mansion in Washington, D.C. in January, Republican Mitt Romney took over Ida Lee Park in Leesburg Wednesday, telling a crowd estimated at 7,000 he’s the presidential candidate that will “get this country right again.”

“Twenty days, we have 20 days,” Romney shouted as a chilly fall night fell . “We have 20 days. We need to take back America – it’s up to you guys in Virginia, you can make the difference. You’re going to make the difference. We’re taking back America, we’re going to remain the powerhouse of the Earth.”

Republicans and Democrats alike have stated Virginia, and Northern Virginia specifically, may very well determine the winner of the 2012 election.

Fresh off his second debate Tuesday against President Barack Obama, Romney said he wished the president would talk about his own policies and plan rather than focusing on the Republicans’ proposal.

“I love these debates we’ve been having, you know that, those have been a lot of fun,” Romney said. “I think it’s interesting, with two presidential debates gone, the president still hasn’t found an agenda for a second term. We have an agenda for our term, and our agenda’s going to get this country working again.

“He seems to spend most of his time in these debates talking about why my plans aren’t going to work. I wish he’d spend a little more time explaining why his plans have not worked,” the former Massachusetts governor said.

Speaking for 22 minutes, Romney criticized Obama’s budget proposals, notably a cut to military spending, and his failure to push for immigration reform during his first year in office. The ailing national economy and a debate comment the president made – saying gas prices are high because the economy is stronger than it was when he took office – were also targets for Romney.

“The president’s policies are running on fumes. It’s time to finally get a president that’ll get this country working again,” Romney said.

If Obama is re-elected, Romney said the nation’s federal debt, currently tabbed at approximately $16 trillion, will hit $20 trillion. The “American dream” will be crushed,”he added.

The GOP candidate touched on his “five-point plan,” which includes utilizing and unleashing all of America’s energy sources; expanding trade; focusing on education and training skills; balancing the budget; and championing small business.

Romney said he doesn’t want to drastically transform America into “something we wouldn’t recognize.”

“I don’t want to make America like Europe … I want to restore to America the freedoms that drive our economy – our economy is driven by freedom, by personal freedom, by people pursuing their dreams.”

The American strength, Romney noted, can be seen through single moms who save up cash each day to feed their kids; by the dad who works two job to buy his son new clothes; by parents who won’t exchange gifts over the holidays so their children have a happy Christmas; and young men or women who put their careers aside to serve in the U.S. armed forces.

“This is the nature of our American spirit. We live for something bigger than ourselves,” Romney said.

On foreign policy, there are too many potential threats to the U.S. to reduce military spending, Romney believes. Whether it’s North Korea, the Middle East, Pakistan, North Africa, Romney doesn’t “think the world is a safe place,” he said.

The Democratic president hasn’t exactly hidden from his first-term record. Obama and his surrogates often note that the private sector has added jobs for more than 30 consecutive months. When speaking on the economy, spokesmen for the left are quick to remind voters the economy was losing approximately 700,000 jobs a month when Obama took office. In recent months, the U.S. economy has been adding around 100,000 jobs per month.

Obama often references ending the war in Iraq and killing Osama bin Laden as two important foreign policy and national security achievments, as well.

Late in his 2008 campaign, Obama himself addressed a crowd of more than 10,000 people at Ida Lee Park. Four years ago, the president was the first Democrat to win Virginia in 44 years.

Before the speech, Democrats held a small event outside the park to respond to the Romney campaign. Brian Moran, chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party, and Leesburg Town Council Member Kelly Burk spoke to reporters with a batch of high school students campaigning for Obama serving as the backdrop.

The Democrats said a Romney-Ryan administration would try to raise taxes on the middle class, turn Medicare into a voucher system and cut investments in education and services for veterans. It’s the Republican plan, an Obama spokesman said, that will raise taxes on the middle-class.

“Mitt Romney tried tonight to move on from his debate defeat by paying lip service to middle class families and small businesses,” Danny Kamer, an Obama campaign spokesman, said in a prepared statement. “But the problem for Romney is that he’s still selling them the same sketchy deal that he has been for months: $5 trillion in tax cuts skewed toward the wealthiest and $2 trillion in new military spending the Pentagon’s not asking for with no plan to pay for it without raising middle class taxes.”

Middle-class taxes and entitlements continue to be key focuses for both campaigns, with each claiming the other side will slash Medicare and raise taxes on the average American.

photoTimes-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny A crowd of about 7,000 supporters listen during a rally for Mitt Romney at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg Oct. 17.


Raise the voting age to 30. The reason all those people are at GMU is cause they do not know enough yet to vote sensibly.

It must have been easy to bus Romney fans in from Prince William and Winchester on Wednesday to Ida Lee.

10,000 at GMU on Friday for Obama - what say ye now? Gotta love real math.

“Won’t it be interesting to see how the right behaves after Obama wins the electoral college and Mitt racks up a slight win in the popular vote… “
This is the best sign that you’re off the mark, and that you have no clue what you speak of.
Romney is on target to win the Electoral vote count. Obama has the best chance of winning the popular vote. Even that comes to a screeching halt after Monday’s debate. The State Dept. communiques have come to light, and the Obama Administration doesn’t have the plausible deniability that it did yesterday. Romney is going to drive a Mack truck thru the holes in their stories after the timeline is put together.

“If Obama doesn’t have to collect a bunch of binders, why have women been earning less and holding down fewer jobs under his royal arrogance?  Time Obama took his chin down from the clouds and started digging in to help women.  Criticizing Romney will not help women put food on the table.  Neither will giving them free contraception.

“Obama speaks with a forked tongue.  I suppose that’s so he can dig it into the taxpayers’ pie and eat our lunch.  And as for
“Obama’s saying that he doesn’t “have to collect a bunch of binders,” then how does he plan to get them employed?  Whatever he is doing now isn’t working.  Throwing stones at Romney won’t feed the hungry.

“Rhetoric is not pizza.  Don’t fill us up with Obama’s speeches.  Feed our women.”

- David Lawrence

Has anyone noticed that all the W A R signs are white?

joe said it best, the middle class is being buried.

My wife and I voted for Obama in 2008 for change. he failed so we’re voting for Romney. Obama fails the leadership test because he consistently blames others. He had no clue what went down in Benghazi. It’s a shame because I really thought he was an outsider willing to change DC….

You guys accepted Obamas win in 2008? Really? I seem to remember his win giving rise to the “birther” movement, then there was his swearing in oath, tea party, etc.
Strange that we remember that so differently.

@spark, Obama is going to cut military big time. Last time I checked there are a lot of federal workers involved with the dept of defense. Looks like you lack common sense and logic in your choice for Obama….

mephisto, we will accept the result and not whine about it like the lefties did with Gore. It’s how the process is suppose to work, it’s the law, and we wll accept the law, unlike the lefties in 2000.

Well, Spark, at least you’re honest—and we finally get to the heart of the matter.  Just because a job exists doesn’t mean it should.  The waste and size of the federal government is appalling.  No, it won’t be easy for so many folks to lose their jobs.  I would eliminate the entire Department of Education for starters.  But if those employees truly provide value, they will find other jobs.  I remember when I was graduating from college and my mother telling me, “Get a job with the federal government.  You will always have job security.”  Even then as young as I was I remember thinking, “that’s not why our government exists—to provide me a job.”  Jobs should exist because there’s something that needs to be done—and a person willing to pay for it.  I challenge one person in the Dept. of Education to tell me why their job needs to be done… and why I should pay for it.

Won’t it be interesting to see how the right behaves after Obama wins the electoral college and Mitt racks up a slight win in the popular vote…

Jeanne T., what year do you and Romney think this is, 1960? Obama and his administration use computers. No one “collates” and files things in binders anymore.

And besides, you missed the point of the problem with that phrase anyway. Romney’s gaffe played right into the fears of many women, that in a Republican administration, they’ll be viewed as interchangeable, amorphous units, such as pieces of paper in a binder, rather than individuals.

You didnt comment on all the people doing great under Obama (like all of Northern Virginia).  And if companies do drop people from insurance, it will be cheaper to buy in the market bc of Obama.  Win!
Unemployment is lower than when he took office- you know when we were losing 700k a month bc of Bush.
I think the GOP people have to come back to reality, stop watching FOX, and see what the real world has to offer.  Yes, its tough, but Bush policies done by Romney wont change things for the better.
Romney says he will create 12 million jobs (the current projection under Obama policies) and yet Romney say Government doesnt create jobs.

At least we can trust Obama (when we arent obsessing about Obamaphones and Solyndra).

Obama needs to win just to break the fever of the GOP, maybe a beat down by Obama will bring them back to the center.

And those who think Romney is crushing Obama in the polls arent lookin at the states polling numbers where it matters.

Whether Obama wins the popular vote doesnt matter.  He just needs to win Ohio.

Don’t we just love tweeking conservatives (or are they moderates today)… Romney’s lack of a consistent record and fairness speaks for itself.  Gotta love his pronouncement on NFIB to employers about the legality of intimidating workers to vote for him.

I just love tweeking Liberals… Obama’s record speaks for itself. Higher unemployment, fed quantitative easing artificially pumping up market, today’s unemployment numbers up over last week, welfare spending up 32% in four years, Steve Winn (a Big Dem) telling Obama to not lecture him about business last week, yaddah yaddah yaddah. Just wait until your employers dump your healthcare, let’s see how “wonderful” life will be. 
BTW, @waya, I’m happy for you, seriously.  We used to be happy when people made money, now it’s treated as being evil.  Good for you.  But please don’t kid yourself that it’s due Obama’s policies.

Romney talks about war like he is going to the store.  I’ve had enough war.  No more of our youth coming home in boxes. No more spending trillions that needs to be spent HERE.  Israel has nukes and everyone knows it. Let them take care of themselves for a change!

Lots of Federal Workers in the area, self included.  There is no way I can vote for Romney - even if I wanted to.  He’s about downsizing.  And while people will whoop and holler about how great that is, and how good it looks on paper, the fact is, those job cuts could be your neighbors or they could be mine.  I can’t vote for a job-cut.  Would you ?

“Obamaphones?  What about Binders Full of Women - Women as objects, got an image of paper-dolls?”

How, exactly, did and does Obama decide who to appoint to over 3,000 non-career positions in his administration, including his senior positions?  How does his Office of Presidential Personnel recruit candidates?  How does it process and collate resumes and present options to the president for selecting candidates for top posts?

And if President Obama is not presented with a binder of qualified candidates, exactly how does he make his decisions?

Someone should wake up the Obama zombies, it’s not 2008 anymore….we’ve had 4 years of American decline under Obama…welfare up, unemployment up, gas prices up, food prices up, al-queda on the move, mideast burning, bows for all, fast and furious, cash for clunkers, stimulus, OBAMACARE taxes on the way to hit the middle class hard….yea, I can see why Obama numbers went from 15k to 3k in 4 years….

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