JACKSONVILLE, Florida — One skipped school to be there, another took time out from her college courses and working at her two jobs to drop in, and both liked what they heard from Mitt Romney on Monday (January 30).
One day before the primary in the pivotal swing state of Florida, which could finally cement his status as the leader of the pack in the Republican presidential nominating contest, a pumped-up Romney took the stage at a Caterpillar equipment dealership to speak to an enthusiastic crowd.
His message of "real hope and change" resonated with Amy Gallogly, 23, a community college student who works at a tax service and an alarm company in the area. "I just really want to see some hope restored in American," she said after the event wrapped as Romney shook hands and signed autographs while Kid Rock's "Born Free" blasted from the speakers. "I'm just really pushing for any Republican candidate. ... The one reason I really am pushing for Mitt Romney [though] is because I think he's the one candidate who can beat Obama."
High school senior Tori Reiman, 18, came with her mom, who works in the real-estate business in the state with the nation's highest foreclosure rate. "I'm kind of over Obama," she said. "He's not doing his job. He's raising the taxes on the richer side of American, which I don't believe is fair." Asked why she came out to the event, Reiman said, "I believe in Mitt Romney and I believe in America."
Law student Eric Bast, 24, definitely picked up on Romney's message of change, saying that he's energized to participate in his first election. "I want to change it back," said Bast, who recently registered to vote.
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