A fired-up Mitt Romney rallied a crowd of thousands in Roanoke County this morning on the first of three stops in Virginia.
Romney played off one of President Barack Obama’s slogans of four years ago –“Hope and change” — by arguing that he offers “real change.”
After a few days of relative political truce for Hurricane Sandy and its fallout, Romney was back on the offensive, contrasting what he sees as two different paths for the American people.
If Obama is re-elected, he said, American debt will reach $20 trillion in four years. Romney said the United States will follow a “road to crisis” similar to that that has affected debt-stricken European countries like Greece and Spain. And he predicted that seniors will have trouble getting Medicare coverage for specialists, as it will be cut to fund the health care reform law, or Obamacare.
But Romney said he will create 12 million jobs by cutting taxes, streamlining government regulations and freeing “below-the-ground” energy resources like coal, oil and natural gas.
“Just under 3,000″ people attended the rally, according to a Romney campaign official.
Romney spoke for about 24 minutes, with U.S. Senate candidate George Allen standing beside him and a banner reading “Real Change on Day One” behind him.
You can read more about the visit in a story on the front page. You can also read my live tweets (they drop out when George Allen took the stage, as I took to pen and paper to take notes on his and Romney’s speeches) or the live tweets of Roanoke County reporter Annie McCallum, who covered the whole thing at the Roanoke Times LIVE twitter account.
– Mason Adams