Romney energizes supporters in Basalt


— Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney assailed President Barack Obama’s record Thursday during a campaign stop at Basalt and touted his own plan with a little help from his friends.

Romney and 11 GOP governors energized a crowd of about 500 people while talking about what Romney would do differently in the White House and how they think Obama has failed.

“By his own measures, this is a president whose policies have not been successful,” Romney said, citing the current administration’s inability to reduce unemployment, reduce the federal deficit or spur small business start-ups.

Romney’s appearance at Basalt High School attracted more supporters and curious onlookers than could fit in the school’s gym. A long line snaked out the school’s door and into the lawn. Volunteer Shellie Roy, of Aspen, said she thought scores of people waiting to get inside would be turned away.

Romney entered the gym to the song “Born Free” by Kid Rock, then delivered a 12-minute speech. He was enthusiastically greeted by the crowd even though his arrival was delayed by 45 minutes from the scheduled start of the event.

Romney drew some of his biggest applause when he declared the country’s budget must be balanced and the U.S. must end its reliance on foreign oil.

After Romney’s speech, each of the 11 governors accompanying him gave presentations on why they felt Romney is better-equipped to lead the country than Obama. The governors were Chris Christie, of New Jersey; Nikki Haley, of South Carolina; Bob McDonnell, of Virginia; Bobby Jindal, of Louisiana; Rick Perry, of Texas; Matt Mead, of Wyoming; Gary Herbert, of Utah; Mary Fallin, of Oklahoma; Susana Martinez, of New Mexico; and Jan Brewer, of Arizona.

Romney and the governors were scheduled to attend a major fundraiser Thursday night at the Little Nell Hotel. Numerous top donors to the party were expected.


captnse 3 years, 4 months ago

Do you think Romney will have senior citizens arrested for using medical marijuana? We don't want to get high we want toe ease our aches and pains of old age. I'm concerned and Romney won't talk about his war on medical cannabis.


jerry carlton 3 years, 3 months ago

Steve I am 68 and I use Ibuproppen to ease my aches and pains. How old are you and how long have you been smoking pot? Not long I am sure since it is not addictive.


rhys jones 3 years, 3 months ago

Jerry -- That will give you liver cancer. My brother died of liver cancer at 48. Prescription pharmaceuticals. Your liver was not made for manmade drugs. I've been medicating naturally for over 40 years, and my BP is still under 110/80, heart rate 60+/-. No medical issues. Cheers!!


captnse 3 years, 3 months ago

Ibuproprren makes my stomach feel bad. I dont take any pills. Hard to tell what pharmaceuticals company might put in their drugs. Did you see where Mekesson got sued for 150 million? There is no ethics in the drug buisness. Grow your own produce so you know what you are getting.


jerry carlton 3 years, 3 months ago

Steve I agree that drug companies are scum, but ibuprofen helps my lower back and does not bother my stomache. Still interested in your age and how long you have been smoking? I do have a garden but it is outside and has stuff like lettuce, potatoes, etc. Since it sounds like you are growing your own pot, look out for the burglars!


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