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Mitt Romney in Ames Promises Big Changes

Romney addressed a shivering crowd of thousands outside Kinzler Construction.

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney addressed thousands of people Friday outside Kinzler Construction in Ames, promising big changes, bipartisanship, and to create 12 million jobs if he is elected president.

“We recognize this is a year with a big choice, and the American people want to see big changes. And together we can bring real change to this country,” Romney said.

Photos: Romney Speaks at Kinzler in Ames Friday

Romney, who is statistically tied in the polls with President Barack Obama, drew loud applause on several lines including when he discussed why the election matters to young Americans.

“It matters to the college student, graduating this spring, with $10 to $20,000 in student debt, who now learns that she also will be paying for $50,000 in government debt, a burden that will put the American Dream beyond her reach," he said.

One of those cheering to that line was Ben Cash, a political science major at Iowa State University who supported Obama in 2008 but will vote for Romney on election day in Warren County.

“Gas prices have doubled, food prices have gone up… (Romney) will roll back regulations, champion small businesses and make it more appealing for entrepreneurs to come here,” Cash said on why he switched parties.

Jeff Cesler, of Ames, said he already voted for Romney and liked his promise of big change but seemed most excited that he was able to shake Romney's hand.

“It's the first time I touched a president's hand, I hope I can say that,” Cesler said. ”I hope and pray we get the change that he talked about today.”

Hours before Romney's appearance about a dozen people protested across the street, some wearing Romney masks.

Progress Iowa, which organized the protest, said Kinzler Construction received $650,000 in stimulus funds, undercutting everything Romney had to say. A sign outside the insulation business read, "Now Hiring."

Members of Romney's campaign stood in front of the protesters holding large Romney and Ryan signs to deflect passerby’s attention.

Elsewhere in Ames, Sen. Tom Harkin, Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak held a press conference to refute Romney's economic speech. 

Harkin said Romney has an unbalanced worldview and touched on his Bain Capital corporate buyouts.

"Romney is trying to hoodwink the American people into believing that he’s in this for the middle class, but he’s not being honest. The truth is that he’s in this only for folks at the top, and that’s not what Iowans want in their President," Harkin said.

The Huffington Post reported Friday that Romney seems to be taking a slim margin in national polls, but Obama still leads in Iowa.

State Sen. Jerry Behn, U.S. Rep. Steve King, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Gov. Terry Branstad and Sen. Chuck Grassley spoke before Romney came to the podium. 

Grassley seemed to make a misstep in his introduction of Romney. 

“We will put America on a new path to a new day with a new President Obama,” Grassley said, pausing. “A new president Obama? Pardon me, I want to forget that word.”

Paula Birch, of Wyoming, was visiting her daughter in Ames and said she will vote for Romney.

“He brings up everything this nation needs right now,” she said, “We are excited to be here to support him.”

Chas Holman October 26, 2012 at 07:11 PM
The Governor said in his 'big speech' today 'I know what it takes to lead, I am a leader. How silly.. The Governor has NOTHING to say to concerned women. The Governor has shown us time and time again what kind of leader he would be when the going get's tough. EVERY TIME there seems to be an issue that is 'hard', he avoids it like the plague. His mode of operation seems to be that if he just avoids anything 'tough' people just give up and move on to something else. That is not leadership, that is extremely weak and spineless. This is a man HE ENDORSED this week for high office and will oversea womens health legislation, and NOW he has 'no comment'. 'Gods Will' has NO place in the same sentiment as 'rape'. Not even in some abstract Lenny Bruce joke. My boy just returned in August from whatever it is they are still doing in Iraq, and we SEND kids overseas to combat extremism brought around by the 'Gods will' mentality. It has ZERO place here at home in the US Government. Governor Romney is a disaster, you can not like the President, but at least he takes stands and you know where he stands on stuff like this. The Governor is acting like a pathetically weak and spineless chicken. Expect for Governor Romney to continue him to exhibit ZERO leadership when it is needed.
Julie Kirby October 26, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Well said, Chas. Thank you.
Jean Hoffman October 26, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Want a Better Economy? History Says Vote Democrat! Personal disposable income has grown nearly 6 times more under Democratic presidents Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown 7 times more under Democratic presidents Corporate profits have grown over 16% more per year under Democratic presidents (they actually declined under Republicans by an average of 4.53%/year) Average annual compound return on the stock market has been 18 times greater under Democratic presidents (If you invested $100k for 40 years of Republican administrations you had $126k at the end, if you invested $100k for 40 years of Democrat administrations you had $3.9M at the end) Republican presidents added 2.5 times more to the national debt than Democratic presidents The two times the economy steered into the ditch (Great Depression and Great Recession) were during Republican, laissez faire administrations http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2012/10/10/want-a-better-economy-history-says-vote-democrat/
maxine weimer October 26, 2012 at 09:54 PM
You say Romney has no leadership, well what Obama exhibits is total arrogance and hasn't done anything for the last four years and dosen't deserve to have four more.
Jean Hoffman October 26, 2012 at 10:29 PM
IF MITT WAS SUPPOSEDLY SUCH A GOOD GOVERNOR, WHY DO MASSACHUSETTS VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY FAVOR OBAMA? Romney is behind 20 to 25 points in the polls in the state. Those Massachusetts residents are trying to tell us something, I do declare! http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2012/10/25/deval-patrick-says-mitt-romney-lack-support-mass-should-telling-national-voters/ptkiIbWjYcDE3pUQe3znHJ/story.html
Jeff Klinzman October 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM
When he was governor, Mitt Romney fought for a constitutional amendment to the Massachusetts constitution outlawing same-sex marriage. He failed. What he DID succeed in doing was, if anything, worse: he refused to allow county recorders to change birth certificate forms to accommodate same-sex couples. From the link: "after gays and lesbians in Massachusetts won the right to marry in 2003, Governor Romney wouldn't allow the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics to revise birth certificate forms for babies born to same-sex couples. The plan was to have the box for 'father,' for example, relabeled 'father or second parent.' But according to documents obtained by Waas, Romney rejected the plan, demanding the agency continue using old forms. Romney then demanded hospitals get permission from his office each time a child was born to a same sex-couple in order to cross out, with a pen, the label 'father' or 'mother,' and write-in, with a pen, 'second parent.' (Romney also required gay male parents to get a court order before any birth certificate was issued.)" Mitt's action stigmatized those children, and made it more difficult for them to obtain the services one needs by producing a birth certificate. Mitt Romney is a sociopath who lacks empathy for other human beings. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelangelo-signorile/romney-some-gays-are-actu_b_2022314.html
Greg October 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM
All of the great Democrat Presidents and yet you have the total failure of Obama. ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!!!!
Paul Sears October 27, 2012 at 04:33 AM
It is truly unbelievable how Romney can continue to change positions, outsource jobs / businesses to China, close companies through Bain Capital for profit, the 47% statement, have assets in Cayman - Swiss accounts, strive to reverse Roe vs. Wade to criminalize abortion and just outright lie to Americans….. This is not only not American it is not Christian. Oh right he's Mormon… Voters supporting such blatant actions are not reading or watching news or are truly letting insanity run their decision process.
Keith Best October 27, 2012 at 05:07 PM
What makes Obama supporters think a First-term senator who spent most of that first term running for another office, knows anything about overseeing the world's largest economy? He never even ran a corner lemonade stand. If you want to see the American economy come roaring back, you'll need to vote for Romney/ Ryan.
Colter95 October 27, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Consider these facts before you vote: 1. Is the economy better off now than it was four years ago? Based on the evidence, I'd have to say no. Wages are down, the the prices of everything we buy is up. The price of gas has doubled. Good jobs are scarce. 2. Are the slight "up tics" in the economy a solid trend in the right direction? I don't think so. First, the gains are very slight. Second, I believe they are the result in the temporary stimulus by the Federal Reserve, in which they printed a lot of new money. It provides a slight bump now, but the cost will come later - after the election. Ben Bernanke is trying to save Obama's job, along with his own. 3. The continual misrepresentation of Romney on the auto bailout by the Obama administration. Obama appears to be taking complete credit for the bailout, while simultaneously saying that Romney was for liquidation of the auto industry. This is an absolute falsehood. It was Bush who initiated the bailout and TARP. Obama continued it and then expanded it, to his credit. However, Romney was one of the first to say that the industry needed to go through bankruptcy reorganization, and eventually they did exactly that. He also said that any needed loans should come from the private sector. He never said that the industry should be liquidated, or that he would deny federal funds if he were president, and private sector funds were not available. Obama lies! 4. The Benghazi coverup and lies.
David Nova October 27, 2012 at 08:25 PM
@colter95 no, your memory is flawed. 4 years ago the economy was in recession, GDP was falling and was about to fall much faster in the 4th quarter, and the country was losing hundreds of thousands of jobs per month. i don't know what you think the word 'evidence' means, but here's what i mean by evidence: http://www.econbrowser.com/archives/2008/10/real_gdp_fell_s.html in may 2009, when obama had been in office just over 3 months, job losses began to fall dramatically. if you were at all objective, you'd see the dems turned it around: http://www.barackobama.com/jobsrecord
David Nova October 28, 2012 at 01:59 AM
what makes us think he knows about overseeing economy is that he turned it around. private sector monthly job losses began feb '08, grew throughout year, plateaued at 658K-839K per month for 6 months, then plunged in may '09, a bit more than 2 months after obama signed recovery act. recession ended one month later. check out data at links i gave in my reply to colter95. stagnation you see now is mainly due to GOP stonewalling, whose aim is to make obama and dems look bad so GOP can get back in power. they use rules of house and senate to slow down action and block anything that doesn't agree with their agenda. romney's knowledge of business appears limited to venture capital and private equity. what does that have to do with running a govt? myths widely circulated by RW think tanks compare govt to business and even to families, but it's not much like either of them. how is a govt budget like a family budget? how are govt operations like business? both families and businesses try to make money to cover expenses and get ahead of game. most businesses sell goods and/or services. families usually sell labor. in most cases, the higher their income, the better off they are. most govts sell little and give away most services. they get revenue mainly from taxes, not sales, and they try not to profit, because taxpayers would complain too loudly if they did. if romney so good, why didn't he serve a 2nd term in MA? why is obama leading him there by 2 to 1?
David Nova October 28, 2012 at 02:08 AM
@maxine: u wrong. just ask how much of this a GOP prez or congress would have done: - lilly ledbetter fair pay act - recovery act ended jobs hemorrhage by may 2009 - saved 1M+ auto industry jobs - obamacare (needs tweaking, but this isn't 1994 anymore) - ended don't ask, don't tell - first years of manufacturing job growth since 1997 - defending women's rights against those who would deny contraception coverage
David Nova October 28, 2012 at 02:22 AM
thanx, jean. took liberty of copying n pasting to my fb timeline. hope u don't mind. https://www.facebook.com/novadust oh, greg, u wrong, pal. recovery act turned economy around. read my other replies for lots more obama did. GOP playing u for sucker.
maxine weimer November 03, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I'm with you Keith, people who can't see what bad news Obama is just dosen't have the courage to understand the other side. Obama will take us the rest of the way down, and we can't let that happen..............Vote Romney/Ryan
Jeffrey Williams November 03, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Obama has been one big fraud upon America. He said his administration would be transparent, yet it's been the most secretive in history. His many broken campaign promises are ignored by his supporters, and he continues to lie and besmirch an honest businessman in Romney. Obama has had no budget for four years and no plan to get us out of this mess. This is high time to vote for a real president again. Go, Romney/Ryan!
Jeffrey Williams November 03, 2012 at 04:35 AM
The Democrats are running this nation into the ground. I've never been so ashamed of my nation for electing someone with relatively NO experience in business or high-level government. Worse than that, this Obama is a far-Left Marxist-type, who believes in BIG government and not in the liberty of the common man. Obama is one major clown, but a dangerous clown.
Jeffrey Williams November 03, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Those liberals in Massachusetts never vote for a Republican at the presidential level. They are like sheeple who can't think for themselves. Meanwhile, those liberals up there are losing businesses left and right to the lower-tax, non-unionized Red States, such as North Carolina, Georgia, and Texas. They are only hurting their state by not voting for more conservatives and adopting more conservative fiscal policies.
Jeffrey Williams November 03, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Jeff, you spew the typical liberal nonsense. This election is about the economy. Your and Obama's attempts to soil an upstanding businessman, who has more real world experience than Obama ever thought of having, will not work. Romney ate Obama's lunch in the debates, and he showed the nation what an empty suit Obama really is. Obama can't string together one original thought without his teleprompter and/or the media covering for him. Obama looks like a joke, and even Crowley's throwing him a life-line in the second debate will not help him.
Jeffrey Williams November 03, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Well said, Colter. Obama is a fraud. He hasn't kept 95% of his campaign promises. He even said he wouldn't run again if he didn't cut the debt in half. He called Bush unpatriotic for running up some debt, and this Obama clown has run up more debt than all his predecessors combined. I'm so tired of the lies from the Obama administration about everything, especially Benghazi. They knew those poor men needed more security on 9/11. They even requested more and were denied. They left our people in Benghazi to die, while they watched it in real time. Obama deserves a trip home to Chicago.
Jeff Klinzman November 03, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Glad to see you don't care how Romney's acts as governor of Massachusetts made life more difficult for same-sex couples and their children. Jeff. Glad to see that you think money trumps human rights. Glad to see you never read John McCain's opposition research, which showed that Massachusetts' economy performed poorly under Romney, that Romney hiked taxes and fees on the middle class as governor, and left his successor a $1 billion state budget deficit. Glad to see you choose to ignore the real indicators that the US economy is on the upturn, thanks to Obama's policies. Glad to see your vision of American excludes people who aren't like you.

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