Posted on | November 3, 2012 | 17 Comments
A Romney supporter in West Chester, Ohio, Nov. 2, 2012 (Photo by Ali Akbar)
The presidential race returned to Ohio for the final push Friday as GOP challenger Mitt Romney held a massive rally in the Republican heartland north of Cincinnati and President Barack Obama cut a swath through central Ohio.
“The question of the election comes down to this: Do you want more of the same or do you want real change?” Romney said Friday night in West Chester Township. “I promise change, and I actually have a record of achieving it.”
Romney spoke to a crowd of 30,000, according to West Chester Fire Chief Tony Goller – making it the largest rally of the campaign, said Romney spokesman Chris Maloney.
The fire chief is cited by name, whereas I have not yet seen any official’s name attached to the false claim that the crowd was only 18,000, promoted by Associated Press’s DNC operative, Steve Peoples, among other lying swine in the press corps. But enough about that, for now. Unquestionably, the highlight of the evening was what CNN called a “fiery” speech by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani:
With new numbers showing the unemployment rate had ticked up to 7.9%, Giuliani said the Obama administration should be “ashamed of themselves” for framing the figure as a positive sign. . . .
“He should resign! He told us he would resign if he did this poorly,” Giuliani said, referring to a 2009 interview in which Obama vowed to turn the economy around in three years, otherwise there would be a “one-term proposition.”
Giuliani continued to fire off: “He lied. He has been a disaster. The worst president for our economy in our lifetime. He doesn’t want a second term. He wants a second chance, because he screwed it up the first time.”
The former mayor, who also ran for president in 2008, pivoted to Romney’s business experience, saying it should be considered a strength and blasted Democrats for making it a target on the campaign trail.
“They tried to humiliate him because of that. You know something, if Governor Romney can have the success for America that he had for Bain Capital, Thank God! Our people would be working again,” Giuliani said . . .
Giuliani received perhaps his biggest applause of the night when he focused on the Benghazi consulate attacks, which killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, in September. . . .
“Maybe if we had a president who was paying attention, we wouldn’t be going through all this investigation of what’s being covered up about Libya,” he said.
Here are more photos from the rally by Ali Akbar (click on any photo to see full-size):
The Next President of the United States, Mitt Romney.
America’s Comeback Team takes the stage in West Chester.
Mitt Romney greets the cheering crowd.
Supporters wave Ohio and U.S. flags over the crowd-control railing.
America’s Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, slams into Obama’s record of failure.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
Dave Weigel of Slate amid the crowd, interviewing a Romney supporter.
House Speaker John Boehner speaks at the rally in his home district. Butler County just happens to be the largest Republican county in Ohio.
The next Vice President of the United States, Paul Ryan.
Myself and Ali Akbar with Michael Zak, who blogs at Grand Old Partisan and is author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party. Zak is in Ohio as a volunteer with the RNC’s get-out-the-vote operation, and has been walking precincts and knocking on doors for the GOP.
- Nov. 2: WEST CHESTER, OHIO: MASSIVE CROWD FOR ROMNEY-RYAN RALLY
- Nov. 2: FOUR MORE DAYS: Kid Rock Tonight in the Only County That Matters
- Nov 1: Fred Thompson Makes News With Benghazi Comments at AFP Event
- Oct. 31: BREAKING NEWS FROM OHIO: REPUBLICAN WOMEN ARE HOT
- Oct. 31: FROM OHIO: POLLS, POLLS, POLLS
- Oct. 30: FROM OHIO: GROUND GAME REPORT
- Oct. 30: Mark October 30 on Your Calendar: Democrat Panic Hits Pandemic Stage
- Oct. 29: SCENES FROM ROMNEY-RYAN RALLY
- Oct. 29: FROM OHIO: Schedule Scrambled; Obama, Romney Cancel Campaign Events
- Oct. 28: FROM OHIO: ROMNEY GAINS IN STATE POLL, NOW TIED WITH OBAMA
- Oct. 27: STORM CANCELS ROMNEY VIRGINIA EVENTS; OHIO, HERE WE COME UPDATE: BOOM! Mitt Romney Endorsed by Des Moines Register