Romney in Stratham: Don’t Settle for Disappointment & Decline
One year after officially announcing his presidential campaign at the Scamman Farm in Stratham, Mitt and Ann Romney returned to the same venue to frame “the great divide in this campaign.”
“The president thinks we’re on the right track and his policies are working,” Romney said. If you agree, vote to re-elect him. If you disagree, vote for Romney.
Romney spoke of “a failing presidency” and said that “mainstream Democrats” including Bill Clinton are “revolting against this administration.”
“We don’t have to settle for years of disappointment and decline,” Romney told the crowd, rebutting President Obama’s speech made yesterday. Of those struggling in the down economy, Romney said, “They aren’t statistics. They are our fellow Americans.” He asked them to “hold on a little longer”- until a President Romney can help. Unlike the Obama Administration, Romney would “recognize job creators as our friends, not our enemies.” Earlier he spoke of an America “where free enterprise is valued, not attacked.”
The Romney campaign couldn’t have asked for a better day – or a much bigger crowd. Perhaps 2,000 people basked under sunny skies in comfortable temperatures in the low 70s and a light breeze. Plenty of staff and volunteers made the logistics of dealing with a large crowd go smoothly; this is a well-organized operation. The advance team went all out, affixing a huge banner to the roof of the Scamman barn and setting up hay trucks loaded with bales for prime seating. Staff handed out American flags and Romney pennants. Golf carts ferried attendees whose cars filled acres of freshly hayed fields.
The campaign filmed the event for use in commercials. At times, the bright sunshine appeared to make it difficult for Romney to read from teleprompters, causing him to slow his delivery and at least once revert to a written copy of the speech. Two airplanes circled the field, one towing a pro-Romney banner and the other an opposing message.
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte introduced the Romneys, who arrived exactly on time riding a campaign bus embarking on a tour of what Romney called “the backbone of America” – Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, and Great Lakes states. Romney’s speech lasted 10 minutes, and then he worked the rope line for about 15 minutes.
Fergus@ferguscullen.com, June 15, 2012