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Romney done addressing the crowd in Youngstown



Published: Mon, March 5, 2012 @ 2:07 p.m.

Romney done addressing the crowd in Youngstown

Staff report

Youngstown

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has left the stage at Taylor-Winfield Technologies after a town-hall meeting in front of a crowd of about 500 people.

"The median income in America has dropped 10 percent in four years. The best thing I can do is make this area a good place for businesses to locate," he told the crowd as he ended his 45-minute session.

"Give me your vote tomorrow. Get out and vote."

A veteran of the town-hall-style give-and-take, Romney stuck closely to his stump speeches in responses to questions.

"You're going to make a choice tomorrow toward a brighter future. If I become your nominee ... I will shrink the size of government," Romney told the group. "This president is comfortable with trillion-dollar deficits. I'm not."

Romney also addressed Social Security concerns.

"Today, Medicare and Medicaid are running into financial distress. Social Security will be around if I'm president, and they will be solvent," he said. "I would raise the age for Social Security. To make Social Security and Medicare solvent, those with lower incomes will get higher benefits, and those with higher incomes wiill have lower benefits. That will balance Social Security."

One questioner asked him to discuss the differences between the so-called "Romneycare" and "Obamacare."

"Obamacare raises taxes by $500 billion. Obamacare cuts Medicare. Obamacare makes health care worse, not better," he said.

"I will repeal Obamacare if I'm elected president on day one by executive order and get it repealed through Congress."

Romney visited one of the most Democratic cities in Ohio the day before the state and nine others hold Republican primaries and caususes.

Joining Romey in Youngstown is U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, his Ohio campaign chairman.

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Romney crowd swells to 500 and is SRO

Staff report

Youngstown

About 500 people are now in place at Taylor-Winfield Technologies for Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney's town-hall forum.

Reporter Dave Skolnick said the crowd was standing room only at about 11:40 a.m.

The crowd will include about 75 Autsintown-Fitch and Lordstown high schools students. Romney is expected to speak shortly after noon.

Romney is visiting one of the most Democratic cities in Ohio the day before the state and nine others hold Republican primaries and caususes.

Joining Romey in Youngstown is U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, his Ohio campaign chairman.

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Anti-Romney protestors not allowed on Taylor-Winfield Technologies property

Staff report

Youngstown

About a dozen protestors organized by the Mahoning County Democratic Party have been moved to about 300 feet from the site of Mitt Romney's town-hall forum.

Romney, who is vying for the GOP’s presidential bid, is in Youngstown Monday for the forum at Taylor-Winfield Technologies, a metalworking-machinery company at 3200 Innovation Place in Youngstown’s Salt Springs Industrial Park, off Meridian Road.

Reporters have converged on the scene. The forum will be streamed live on wfmj.com at noon.

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Democrats plan protest at Romney’s town hall in Youngstown

Staff report

Youngstown

David Betras, the Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman, is organizing a protest against Republican Mitt Romney.

Romney, who is vying for the GOP’s presidential bid, will be in Youngstown Monday for a town-hall forum at Taylor-Winfield Technologies, a metalworking-machinery company at 3200 Innovation Place in Youngstown’s Salt Springs Industrial Park, off Meridian Road.

The forum is expected to begin about noon, and those attending have been asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m.

Betras said anyone wishing to participate in the protest should meet at 10 a.m. at the Democratic Party headquarters, 3325 Mahoning Ave., in the Mahoning Plaza.

“We’re asking anyone who wants to come out to do so,” Betras said.

The Democratic Party and United Auto Workers Local 1714 also plan a press conference to respond to Romney’s comments after the town hall.

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YOUNGSTOWN

Mitt Romney, one of the front-runners for the Republican presidential bid, will be the first of the GOP candidates to campaign in the Mahoning Valley.

Mahoning County Republican Party Chairman Mark Munroe, Romney's campaign chairman in the county, and the candidate's campaign confirmed tonight to The Vindicator that the former Massachusetts governor will be in Youngstown on Monday.

The day before Super Tuesday, Romney will have a town-hall forum about noon at Taylor-Winfield Technologies, a metalworking-machinery company at 3200 Innovation Place in Youngstown’s Salt Springs Industrial Park, off Meridian Road.

The event is free and open to the public. Those attending are asked to arrive around 11:30 a.m.

“We’re appreciative he’s coming here the day before the all-important Super Tuesday in the all-important state of Ohio," Munroe said. "To come to the Mahoning Valley speaks volumes about the importance of this region to the Romney campaign.”

None of the three other Republican presidential candidates — Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul — have visited the Valley during their campaigns.

For the complete story, read Sunday's Vindicator or Vindy.com


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