The front-runner among the Republican candidates for president has turned his sights on Pennsylvania in advance of the April 24 primary. Mitt Romney visited the Philadelphia suburbs for a campaign stop Wednesday evening.
Romney came to a spiral-stair manufacturing facility in Broomall, Delaware County, acting as if he had already won his party’s nomination. In his remarks, he took direct aim at President Barack Obama.
“This president’s failures have cost a lot of people their confidence in the future. We have got to have a president who understands how to create jobs in the private sector,” Romney said. “I do and I will.”
One of his listeners, Charlie Venini, says he believes Romney is the Republican to beat Obama.
“He talks from the heart I like him, he’s doing a good job, he’s going to do a good job. A good man, he’ll stand up to Obama,” said Venini. “Santorum’s a little bit mushy”
Romney never mentioned his chief opponent, Rick Santorum, during the stump speech.
The former governor of Massachusetts said he does agree with the president on one thing, that the election will be a defining one in the future of the country.”I watch him and I’m convinced that he believes that we should have a government-centered society and I believe that we should maintain America as an opportunity society led by free people and free enterprise,” Romney said.
His remarks energized those in the hand-picked crowd. Many applauded loudly throughout the speech.