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Published: Friday, 11/2/2012

Etna crowd reminds Mitt Romney 'four more days'

BY FEDERICO MARTINEZ
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves to supporters as he takes the stage to speak at a campaign event today at Screen Machine Industries in Etna, Ohio.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves to supporters as he takes the stage to speak at a campaign event today at Screen Machine Industries in Etna, Ohio.
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ETNA, Ohio - A raucous crowd greeted Mitt Romney with loud chants of "four more days," during the presidential hopeful's latest visit to Ohio today in this small central Ohio community.

But it's not like Mr. Romney needed reminding that Election Day is Tuesday.

"I've heard some of you say, "four more days," Mr. Romney responded to the tens of thousands of supporters who gathered in Etna, a suburb about 19 miles east of Columbus, to hear him speak.

"You're right. It's a few more days before people can make a decision about who they think can actually make America great again."

Mr. Romney's emphasis on creating more jobs and fixing the economy played well to the crowd gathered at Screen Machine Industries.

"Four years of not making a big difference is what it's about for us," said Mayor Steve Butcher, referring to the blue collar town. "But, no matter who is president, it's going to take the House and Senate getting on the same musical sheet."

Mike and Jessie Mann of Thornville, Ohio, east of Etna, say they're lives have been destroyed under President Barack Obama's leadership.

Mike was laid off more than one year ago and Jessie, a retired health-care worker had to use her retirement fund to pay the couple's way out of bankruptcy.

"It's been tough for quite awhile," said Mrs. Mann. "I'm like most people, I just want to be able to pay the bills and I don't want to eat dog food."

Mr. Romney challenged the crowd to compare his success as a businessman and President Obama's "failure" to improve America's economy.

Under President Obama's leadership, "23 million Americans can't find jobs, or jobs they need," Mr. Romney said. "Unemployment is higher than when he took office.

"Talk is cheap," said Mr. Romney, referring to the President's latest campaign promises.



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