RADNOR – Hundreds of people packed into Mellon Hall at the Valley Forge Military Academy Friday morning to listen to Republican Mitt Romney discuss why he believes he would do a better job than President Barack Obama.
“If elected, I will get this country back on a road of prosperity and strength,” Romney said while addressing a standing-roomonly crowd.
Romney said Americans should not give Democratic President Barack Obama another four years in office.
“The President’s slogan is ‘Forward,’” Romney said. “I call it forewarned. We know where it’s headed.”
Romney said he would not cut funding for the military. His plans include taking advantage of energy sources and creating training programs that help workers succeed. He also wants to improve public schools for children and calls on teachers to put unions behind them.
Romney also said he would fight for small businesses and repeal Obama’s health care law.
Before Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, took the stage several officials pumped up the crowd.
“Welcome to Delaware County, better known as Romney-Ryan country, come on!” yelled Springfield Republican Party Chairman Michael Puppio, a former Delaware County councilman.
Puppio called on people to support Romney and Republican candidates on the ticket in the Nov. 6 election. “We not only need your votes – we need your help,” he said. “This election is not going to win itself… this is about everybody in this room.”
Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley stumped for several candidates, including Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith and U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-6, of Chester County.
“Do you want to continue down a path of bigger government?” Cawley yelled into the crowd, which booed back. “Do you want to continue down a path of higher taxes? Do you want to continue down a path of less freedom?”
Smith, who is running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said candidates on the GOP ticket would fight for jobs and personal freedoms.
Gerlach, who is running against Democrat Manan Trivedi, said Obama “has the audacity” to ask for Americans to elect him for another four years. “We need a serious leader now and that leader is Mitt Romney.”