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Romney Rallies St. Pete Supporters

A campaign visit by GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney draws thousands of supporters. Local GOP leaders urge the crowd to get 'Romney in the White House.'

Pledging not to raise taxes on middle class Americans, presidential hopeful Gov. Mitt Romney is receiving a rock star welcome at a downtown rally tonight in St. Petersburg.

"I will not raise taxes on small business, and I will not raise taxes on middle income families," the GOP candidate told a crowd that shouted, "Romney! Romney!"

"I will champion small business," Romney proclaimed, as he started his campaign speech.

With Tampa Bay as a backdrop, Romney is rallying thousands of enthusiastic supporters at a presidential campaign stop in downtown St. Petersburg. Although the candidate was about 90 minutes late for the 5:45 p.m. rally, the enthusiastic crowd does not seem to notice.

Part of the delay may be that scores of people continued to pour into the downtown park until 6 p.m. Early estimates put the turnout at 5,000.

An all American-style event seems to be the theme of the Romney rally. Before the candidate took the stage, the campaign showed family movies on a giant screen, children sang the National Anthem and the crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a prayer.

Margaret Good of St. Petersburg arrived three hours early to make sure she could find a good viewing spot to see the GOP presidential hopeful. Good said she is a Democrat who "switched" her vote for Romney. "He's going to get us back on our feet," said Good.

The pre-event speakers included Florida GOP leaders known to locals.

U.S. Rep. Bill Young lauded Romney's performance at Wednesday night's debate against President Barack Obama. "We heard the truth," Young declared to the appreciative crowd.

Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker said Romney "saved the Olympics. He knows what we need to do."

South Pasadena Mayor Kathleen Peters, who's running for a House seat in the Florida Legislature, urged supporters to "help us get Mitt Romney in the White House."

EJ Otero, who's running for Congress, compared Romney to President Ronald Reagan.

The former Massachusetts governor is visiting Florida, a key battleground state, after his strong performance Wednesday in the first of three televised debates against Obama.

Romney's campaign is working hard to maintain that energy and momentum. An article posted by Boston.com described Romney's performance as "aggressive, crisp and confident," reinvigorating a campaign that had appeared lagging.

Supporters seem to share in the renewed excitement. They are decked out in red, white and blue as well as Mitt Romney for President T-shirts and even costumes of Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam. Two small planes, with protest banners trailing, circle overhead. They just seem to add to the theatrical atmosphere and excitement.

Marshall Adams, who came out to the rally, was adamant in his support for the candidate. "Realistically, I don't believe this country will survive four more years under Obama."

Friday's event is being held at the picturesque Pier Park, 550 Second Ave. NE. Although the event is free attendees had to obtain tickets in advance.

Gates opened at 3:45 p.m.  for the outdoor event, but people started arriving as early as 2, with some folks gathering at local outdoor restaurants.

Romney was just in Florida's Tampa Bay area two weeks ago, when he stopped in Sarasota for a rally that drew 4,000 people.

Ann Romney, the candidate's wife, spoke in St. Petersburg during the Republican National Convention. She cut the ribbon on a new therapeutic playground for disabled children getting therapy at All Children's Hospital.

Harborite October 06, 2012 at 12:40 AM
You know Romney is lying when his lips are moving. He tells millionaire donors at a private fundraiser about his contempt for 47% of the population and then at the debate states that he is the champion of the middle class. While Governor of Massachusetts, Romney supported unversal health care, abortion rights, gay rights, and gun control. Now as the Republican nominee, he strongly opposes all of those issues. During the debate, Romney suddenly became a moderate on all issues. Romney's only consistent belief is that he is entitled to become the President. His constant flip flops and contradictions show that he will say anything to win.
EC October 06, 2012 at 02:47 AM
If Romney's so popular why did only 5,000 people show up? Out of St Pete's population alone at 245,000, only 0.02 percent showed for the rally. Seems like there would have been more. 11,000 people gathered at St. Petersburg College in Seminole to see Obama in September.
Awake in Clearwater October 06, 2012 at 03:18 AM
These are the most pathetic comments I have ever seen. Deal with it people! Emperor Obama has no clothes and people, thank God, are beginning to recognize that.
daniel frey October 06, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Stop all your crying !!!! Deal with it ...We will have a New President. God Bless America !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And bye the way ,,,Big bird will still be around for you
TransPlant October 06, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Hey Joey, get a life
TransPlant October 06, 2012 at 12:59 PM
WE know you are bored, so get a day job
TransPlant October 06, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Because some of us work genius
TransPlant October 06, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I knew it in 2008
Richard C Joyner October 06, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Joe funny CNN is taking the o camp to task for his whoppers. Delusion is when reality is changed to suit a political belief. For help getting back to reality here is the clip of cutter lying about the 5 trillion tax cut. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg0BmPhz2Dw&sns=em
Richard C Joyner October 06, 2012 at 03:48 PM
No joke!!!
Richard C Joyner October 06, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Please pray for the 23,000,000 out of work under o!!!
Carolo October 06, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Too important to just ignore people. Paul Ryan said he will get rid of Medicare as we know it. But even worse is that Romney lied at the debate stating "pre-existing conditions will be covered under his plan." THIS IS A LIE. His plan does NOT cover pre-existing conditions and will leave 86 million without coverage, many of them seniors and children. Check out the facts yourself and don't listen to the spin! This staffers stated after the debate that pre-existing conditions would NOT be covered but Romney doesn't seem to want to man-up here and tell the truth. This is NOT THE TIME to ignore facts and educate yourself.
Joseph Robert October 06, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Read about the 27 lies, distortions and inaccuracies that Romney told at the first debate. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/10/04/958801/at-last-nights-debate-romney-told-27-myths-in-38-minutes/ This guy will say anything in order to try to get elected! We simply can't trust him! Learn more about these Romney lies at the Washington Post's Fact Checker Blog, MediaMatters.org and FactCheck.org.
Joseph Robert October 06, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Richard and ClearwaterGal- This may be of interest.... Read about the 27 lies, distortions and inaccuracies that Romney told at the first debate. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/10/04/958801/at-last-nights-debate-romney-told-27-myths-in-38-minutes/ This guy will say anything in order to try to get elected!
Richard C Joyner October 07, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Joe you gotta do better than an ubber left site! The delusion still stands. The argument format you are using is called straw man. Set up the argument "Romney lies" and then go get the proof to support your argument. Its false logic. If you decide to be concerned with o's misleading campaign comments read sbout stephanie cutter's lie on cnn that o repeated.
Joe King October 07, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Joseph Robert said: "This guy will say anything in order to try to get elected!" Oh, you mean like 0bozo did 4 years ago? All the promises he failed to follow through on? Is that the guy you speak of ????
mike gardiner October 08, 2012 at 01:15 PM
The American people need to look at the real facts and not sound bite ads or two-minute response debates. Look at the policies. The Republicans are for tax breaks to the richest, eradicate Medicare,eliminate student loans, cut Social Security, cut worker safety, send more jobs overseas, cut environmental and health protection laws including food and drug inspection cutbacks, eliminate all pensions, eliminate minimum wage, cut back oversight of Wall Street. The Democrats just the opposite.
Joseph Robert October 08, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Republican Leaders Agree that Mitt Romney Cannot Be Trusted “We are going to cut taxes on everyone across the country by 20 percent, including the top 1 percent. “ (This is contrary to what Romney said in his first debate.) – Mitt Romney, Republican politician and presidential candidate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJzUQwJFW7k “This is someone (Romney) who doesn’t have a core. He has been on both sides of almost every single issue in the past 10 years. “ –Rick Santorum, Republican leader and former Republican Senator http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av3q7-a-ayc&feature=player_embedded#! “He’s certainly beings dishonest about his own record? When he says that he had the endorsement of the NRA, he did not. When he says he didn’t raise taxes, and in fact, there were $500 million in fees raised during this time. When he talks about my record or John McCain’s. “He’s making up stuff, it’s just incredible. In Arkansas, we call it DISHONESTY.” - Mike Huckabee, Fox News commentator and former Governor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av3q7-a-ayc&feature=player_embedded#! (P.S - Sound familiar with Romney’s dishonest tactics in his first debate?) “This is someone (Romney) who will say anything to get elected.”- Rick Santorum –Rick Santorum, Republican leader and former Republican Senator http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av3q7-a-ayc&feature=player_embedded#! Republican leaders agree – Romney Can't Be Trusted! Most voters agree!
Richard C Joyner October 08, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Joe sorry to say but you are really reaching to come up with this stuff. But what we can say now is that the 5 trillion tax cut O and crew are saying during the debate the princeton professor said they are using his research and that what he said was being twisted. Your post is commical and sad at the same time. Please everyone pray for the 23.2 million of our friends, neighbors that are unemployed under Os regime.
Richard C Joyner October 08, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Mike, Dems are always for bigger government, and more taxes. Why is that? Well it means power. They have more spend. More to throw out to their contributors... think solyndra and 90 billion. Under O more agencies blew money on conferences. Fact, 23,000,000 are unemployed. And you still give this guy a pass? Come on? Open your eyes. 5 trillion of spending and additional deficit. AKA uncontrolled spending? What is he trying to do create revolution by bringing down the economy? Who knows? But in any other situation this would be called gross neglience and any CEO would be fired. You don't spend more money to get out of debt? That is insane. FDRs treasury secretary (which you guys hail (sp?) as a hero said the same thing. It doesn't work. This whole thing is obscene and you support this guy? 1. Cut spending 2. Lower taxes for everyone (not the governments) Pretty easy formula unless you strongly believe in socialism (redistribution of wealth). Is that what you stand for? If you do then there is no debating you but I have a sense that we may see one term as well as we should. This guy had no experience coming in, and played more golf than most CEOs do in 10 years!!!
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Michael D. October 23, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Richard, So by your agrument the Republican don't spend money and are for smaller governmental control. So the Patriot Act which has call centers to review citizens phone calls for key words, doesn't cost any money? So the expansion in Military is about cutting spending? Republicans are going to expand the government system just as much, just in different areas. How is the revenue to offset the spending going to go up with Romney? Is he going to create government jobs? Because he has no control over companies to create jobs, and the last time we gave more corporate tax breaks, the jobs per capa was still flatlined. So what is the plan to create more jobs? Is he going to cure the global recession, because countries without the proper culture decided to go with a system that wouldn't work for them? The plan that Romney is putting out there is just as ludicious as Obama's plan. But Obama can say he is currently showing an increase in jobs. Romney as governor of Mass was 47th out of 50 states in job create per capa. Does that sound like a job creator? As far as blowing money are you not going to comment on Bush and his "retreats"? Why aren't you pointing a finger at the Republican legislature, they create policy. Too many holes in your agrument.
Richard C Joyner October 23, 2012 at 06:00 PM
You guys on o's side meed to spend time taling off your left wing glasses. Citing prople who only agree with you is dopey. Anyway have more productive work to do like convert the undecided to dump this guy who cant do the job but instead golfs. Please pray for the 23,000,000 who are unemployed and suffering under obama's policies. .
Michael D. October 23, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Richard, Or suffering from a job bubble that was created in 2005 due to tax laws made to spur the economy and loan legislation from the 1970's. Oh, but we can look at the real causes of issues. As far as left wing glass, that is an assumption on your part. For which I do not fit, I just take facts and information. But you are taking a number that has not core to it, and then trying to sell your opinions as fact. May I ask were you got your figure of 23 Million, instead of the 12.1 million report by the BLS on October 5th?
Richard C Joyner October 23, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Oh you mean the tax incentives and threats to banks that Clinton started? The one that started the bubble? Pointing fingers and blaming isn't working. I think we are all tired of it. In fact, your spirited defense shows that there is a bit of panic on the Left and Dem side. There is a real possibility with polls at 50/50 that Obama loses. So the country will be voting to reject the blame and failed policies of this administration.Perhaps we have caught on to distribution of wealth concept which punishes the producers to give to people who are not. This is also called theft. Perhaps we have decided we don't want to be Europe which is crashing due to their social policies and taxation and we don't want the government to grab our money that we worked for and distribute to programs we don't like. I think that is why 40% of union members voted for Scott Walker! Pray for the 23,000,000 that are unemployed under Obama's policies. Time for a change when the employee (in this case obama) doesn't do the job. Time for stockholders aka stakeholders aka Americans to vote to fire this guy and his left wing socialistic lite agenda.
Michael D. October 23, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Richard, Wow, you like going to the "you disagree with me, and I think you are wrong so you must me a leftist". Is that your go to move on every agrument?. I like how you like to show only what fits your agrument, not the changes that were made by a Republican Congress in the late 1990's (contract with America along with Clinton). Also the tax incentives by George W. Bush, the Bush tax cuts to get business moving forward after the .Net bubble and 9/11 (or are you going to blame those on Clinton too?). Then you follow the usually conservative agrument about distribution of weath and about the few European countries that are doing socialism poorly. I like how you are going with the usually conservative standards. I guess I should assume you are a conservative since you are so quick to label me a liberal. I like how you didn't explain your 23 million, but that is a tool used by both sides if you don't want your "facts" challenged pretend no one challenged it. If you have seen me post on here, parties are to blame for mess we are in. I just am presenting the other side, since you are conviently forgetting the Republican Influence of this problem. Then again, you could just be one of those conservatives who like to blame everything on liberals, and you sound just as extremist as the liberals who blame everything on conservatives.
Richard C Joyner November 02, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Jean that was the saddest most immature post from an adult i have ever seen. No use talking to you socilaist lites and theives of producers income. On my way to the voting booth to oust this left wing nut job.
Lynda November 02, 2012 at 03:40 AM
RCJ, I hope you find an open voting booth this time of night! I just hope you are walking and not driving.
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