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Romney: Obama Has Made the Election About Big Bird

Paul Ryan makes joint appearance with Romney at evening rally in North Canton.

The evening was cold and rainy and the local high school football team was playing its neighboring rival. But the Republican presidential ticket of Romney and Ryan drew a huge crowd to Hoover High School Friday night.

Gov. Mitt Romney campaigned in Iowa and Ohio Friday as national polls showed a tightening presidential race. A CNN poll on Friday showed Obama leading by 4 percentage points in Ohio.

With the race seeming to be narrowing here, rally-goers at Hoover High School said on Friday that this presidential contest was getting exciting and very watchable.

"I think this is the most excited I've seen people ever," said Lauren Zink of Jackson Township. "It's good. I think it should continue like this. I think this is probably the biggest election we've had since ... I've been voting."

Megan Murphy of Canton said with the race so close, the election takes on even more significance. She was glad to attend Friday's rally -- even if the weather was miserable.

"It's so close and so historic," Murphy said. "I don't think it's smart to miss anything like this."

Romney came onstage at about 8:15 p.m. and started off by attacking Obama's health care reform plan.

Romney told the crowd that the president has chosen to make election about Sesame Street characters and word games.

"The Obama campaign is out of ideas and out of excuses," Romney said. "That's why, come November, you're going to make sure he's out of office."

Romney said that while he has no plans to cut the military, Obama will.

Romney also said he will "get economy going" by taking advantage of energy resources and opening new trade with other nations.

"I'll lower tax rates on small businesses," Romney said. "Unlike the current administration, I like business because I like the jobs that business creates."

His running mate, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, came on stage with his wife and children.

"We need leadership. We need a leader to run at these problems and fix these problems in Washington," Ryan said. "And that is Mitt Romney."

Ryan said the presdient is "dividing, trying to win an election by default."

"Think about how we would feel if Obama were elected," Ryan said. "We would have another four years like the last four years."

Several speakers took the stage to whip up the crowd before the GOP main event.

Patricia Heaton, Cleveland-area native and star of the television show "Everybody Loves Raymond" introduced Romney and Ryan.

"You know what Cleveland's motto is? At least we're not Akron," Heaton told the crowd. "But after driving through your beautiful city it should be 'We wish we were Canton.'

"We have the opportunity to vote for someone who, as governor, brought both parties together and turned a deficit into a surplus," Heaton said of Romney before introducing Ryan.

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Sherrod Brown, said, "The only way we're going to change Washington is by changing the people we send there."

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, also up for elections in District 16, gots boos while talking about Brown and cheers when mentioning Mandel. U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, who is seeking election to District 18, predicted that the president will get the pink slip in 11 days.

Friday's rally, which was attended by thousands, was the second or third GOP political appearance that Bruce Hein and his wife have attended in recent weeks.

The Canton couple said they both planned to vote for the Romney ticket.

Marge Hein said the country needs a president with good business sense. "Obama's not doing anything," she said.

Economy policy and the federal budget also was influencing Zink's vote. "We cannot be in debt by trillions of dollars," she said. "A new direction is what we need."

Rally-goers began to fill the high school baseball field around 5 p.m. as dusk fell on the chilly, rainy day. The line to enter the event wrapped around the entire baseball field and down an adjoining side street.

A stage was set up in the middle of the Hoover High School baseball field, faced by the stadium seats. The Oak Ridge Boys performed before the speakers got under way.

The event came on an evening with another must-watch contest that captured the attention of North Canton residents. But this battle played out on a football field: the Hoover High Vikings were set to play their neighboring rivals, the Jackson Polar Bears.

North Canton Patch heard from a number of readers about the dilemma of two big events on the same night. 

lyn October 29, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Try again. No one will believe that!
Reds fan October 29, 2012 at 05:40 PM
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20121028/EDIT01/310280050/Enquirer-presidential-endorsement-Mitt-Romney?odyssey=mod_sectionstories The bottom line: He erased the deficit in Massachusetts (which was required by state law) and left office with a $600 million surplus. He replenished the state’s reserve fund two years into his term, pushing it to $2 billion by the time he left office in 2007. This is pretty compelling. This is what we need in DC. Less spending and a balanced budget. We gave Obama his shot and it didn't work. Time for another Change.
tom m October 29, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Yes beth because we all know that New york residents are concerned about strongsvilles plans to widen pearl road
Carl Jensen October 30, 2012 at 07:02 AM
VOTE...IN YOUR FAMILIES BEST INTEREST....THERE IS ALLOT AT STAKE FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS....Romney/Ryan Rebublican Agenda basically proposes three big things: slashing Medicaid, cutting taxes on corporations and high-income people, and replacing Medicare with a drastically less well funded voucher system. These concrete proposals would, taken together, actually increase the deficit for the first decade and beyond. Mitt Romney said at the first debate, that he had a "plan" for health care that included pre-existing conditions and the next day his campaign said that was NOT correct. So, GOOD LUCK in finding an insurance company who accepts pre-existing conditions! This applies to EVERYONE...not just seniors!.... Not even the over 55 seniors are safe if Medicare is slowly starved of funding as Republicans plan to do..... VOTE…in your families BEST interest…We all know what it has been like for our families and friends, since 2008, when wall street recklessness and the banks crashed the economy. We just cannot go BACK to the FAILED Bush Policies that Romney embraces, that almost sent us into a Depression!
Carl Jensen October 30, 2012 at 07:03 AM
MITT & HIS BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB WANT TO DISTRACT US....Romney & his Wealthy Donors CAN'T wait to reap the benefits of when Romney Eliminates: Long Term Capital Gains...BILLIONS of dollars UNTAXED! Why they won't have to have Swiss Bank Accounts anymore! PLUS Middle Class will be giving them a $250,000 Tax Break to boot! ..... The Debates gave us a look at each candidate.Romney CHANGED his positions drastically in hopes to win votes by fooling people....... Quite simply there is no math that shows that Romney's $5 trillion tax cut can be revenue neutral by eliminating deductions just for the wealthy. It wil effect the middle class or swell the deficit to unprecedented levels....... Tax cuts for the wealthy simply have not delivered what we were told they would in the Bush Era. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Going BACK to the FAILED BUSH POLICIES MITT EMBRACES, WOULD BE A DISASTER FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS!
tom m October 30, 2012 at 04:50 PM
beth I agree with lyn copy and paste spam is not needed on a local message board
Kim L October 30, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Lyn is correct your spam is not welcome here (republican spam not wanted from out of state posters either)
James Murphy October 30, 2012 at 05:53 PM
BETH why would you think your robo-spam is wanted on here
Colter95 October 31, 2012 at 02:03 AM
@Murphy-Solon: 1)I remember all the promises Obama made in 2008. He didn't deliver on them. Not even close. And he said during the campaign that if he didn't deliver after four years, that it would be a one term deal. I want to see him live up to that one, final campaign promise. And I am NOT better off than I was four years ago. Not even close. 2)The only reason there is any up tick at all is that the Federal Reserve is printing new money like nobody's business and loaning it to banks at 0% interest. It's a desperate ploy from a desperate administration, and while it provides a very slight, very short upturn, the cost down the road is going to be tremendous. And you can poo poo my theory on Bernanke's motives and timing, but it's common sense to anyone with objectivity. 3)http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/23/fact-check-text-of-2008-romney-op-ed-debunks-obamass-auto-bailout-attack/ 4)The Iraqi war is on Bush, not Romney. And Benghazi is all on Obama: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/10/25/CBS-Busts-Obama--and-Itself-Hidden-60-Minutes-Clip-Proves-White-House-Lied-About-Benghazi
Colter95 October 31, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Amy, please get a clue: http://www.factcheck.org/2012/06/obamas-outsourcer-overreach/
Murphy-Solon October 31, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Colter95, you offer conjecture and not fact. You have a right to your opinion but you're kidding yourself to think you have the influence to define me.
Colter95 October 31, 2012 at 02:16 AM
@Murphy-Solon - I don't have to define you... Who are YOU? Please... All I have to do is define Obama...
Colter95 October 31, 2012 at 02:23 AM
@Lyn - Yes, that's right... I live in VA now... But my father was born in Cleveland, and raised in Cincinnati... I have relatives in Cleveland and Cincinnati, and a lot of friends all over the state... So, what happens in Ohio is important to me... I'm just not some SPAMMER, so you can stuff that assertion...
Colter95 October 31, 2012 at 02:24 AM

Obama has been an economic disaster the last four years, and this Benghazi disgrace is completely unacceptable... This country does not reward failure and dishonesty out of the White House... http://obamalies.net/list-of-obamas-failures http://blog.heritage.org/2012/10/18/president-obamas-taxpayer-backed-green-energy-failures/ http://lacrossetribune.com/news/opinion/patti-schmidt-list-of-obama-s-failures-is-long/article_7a139146-fec2-11e1-8e81-0019bb2963f4.html http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/08/obamas-foreign-policy-failures-catalogued.php http://www.facebook.com/notes/republican-security-council/the-top-10-obama-flip-flops-by-ari-fleischer/171275079638338 http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100083104/the-u-turn-president-barack-obama-top-ten-flip-flops/ http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50657 http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/10/25/CBS-Busts-Obama--and-Itself-Hidden-60-Minutes-Clip-Proves-White-House-Lied-About-Benghazi http://www.factcheck.org/2012/06/obamas-outsourcer-overreach/ You see, it's easy to run on a slogan, like Obama did in 2008... Hope and change, baby... It's much harder to do once you have a record that can be reviewed... He also said in 2008 that if he didn't get the job done in four years, that it would be a one term deal... Well, he hasn't delivered, so time to let him keep his word... Romney/Ryan 2012
Murphy-Solon October 31, 2012 at 02:25 AM
You live in Virginia Colter95? You do realize that the President is poised to take your state don't you ?
Murphy-Solon October 31, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Now that's an identical post I've seen from you before Colter95. You got another one Lyn, a spammer from Virginia. Better worry about your own back yard Colter95, Mittens isn't looking so good in your state......
Joseph Robert October 31, 2012 at 12:15 PM
New, CBS/NYTimes/Quinnipiac Poll OBAMA LEADS IN OHIO, 50 percent to 45 percent Romney Ohioans who early voted, 60 percent voted Obama, 34 percent voted Romney. 96 percent of Ohio voters who haven’t voted, their minds are made up on voting choice. Ohioans have a higher unfavorable (48 percent) rating than favorable rating (46 percent) for Romney. In contrast, Obama has higher favorable than unfavorable rating. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/31/us/politics/31poll-results-documents.html I believe that Romney’s lies in his false Jeep ad aren’t helping his favorability or his desperate and dying campaign! NBC-TV's Tom Brokaw called that ad "dead wrong" this morning (Oct. 31).
lyn October 31, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Nice to know you have a Cleveland/Ohio connection. That would be OK. But you are still spreading SPAM - bulk messaging. The same message is going to PA,VA,WI,OH... and your 10:24pm message below went out to about 25 Patch. Sorry to tell you Colter, that is SPAM, just as the Dems have been doing on here.
lyn October 31, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Yep - that went out at least 25 times to at least 4 states. And wouldn't you know, its the states they say are up for grabs or very important to the outcome of this election. We should feel sorry for all these people, though. They will be without a job very soon once the election is over. I wonder how much they get paid for posting. They just seem to cut and paste but lack much actual knowledge - just spout what either party spoon fed them.
Murphy-Solon October 31, 2012 at 01:00 PM
You're sharp as a tack Lyn, These folks with a gourmet taste for canned spam can't get away with anything when you're on the case. LOL
lyn October 31, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Its a waste of time - Patch doesn't care. But, maybe after the election they will do something about their terms of use. Since some Patch delete, they must feel it is not appropriate. But, Just want to mention ... I now see today we have Joseph Robert as the name being used. I wonder if he/she gets confused when to be Beth Norquist, Jean Hoffman or Joseph. I'm sure there is another one who has been posting on here also that is part of that split personality.
Murphy-Solon October 31, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I'm curious as to there motivation Lyn. Do spammers really think they'll make a measurable difference in the election?
lyn October 31, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Its as annoying as those phone calls. After a while, you start to hate whoever is doing the negative messaging the most, regardless of content. So, you have to wonder if these people are practicing reverse psychology, because some of what they say is so out there or obviously one sided, that people will just double check things themselves.
Murphy-Solon October 31, 2012 at 01:24 PM
CNN is reporting that voting will be challenging in some parts of the east coast due to flooding.
Roger LaMontagne October 31, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Remember Benghazi...Vote Fast and Furious....Vote Get more revenue thru more taxes...Vote Throw Israel under the bus.....Vote Allow UN to control our way of life....Vote Put you back in chains....Vote 16 Trillion in debt....Vote 1st time I've been proud of my Country.....Vote Benghazi's a bump in the road.....Vote Just get out there and Vote to put Adult Leadership back in the White House
lyn October 31, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Actually, Patch terms of use does not allow spam or junk mail, so all they need to do is enforce their own policies.
Murphy-Solon October 31, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Only 7 more days Lyn and your spam nightmare will be over. Yippee
James Murphy October 31, 2012 at 02:22 PM
what the spam is doing it breaks up local discussions between the local residents, forcing the local users to hunt between 75 lines of spam and followup spam complaints just to respond to the local users
lyn October 31, 2012 at 02:28 PM
James- And for that, I do apologize. I have been guilty of taking up space and diverting attention away from the topics in my frustration with these posters. However, after looking at many out of state Patch, I see I'm not alone.
James Murphy October 31, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Lyn that was not a dig at you (I do the same as you) but it breaks up the flow of the discussions and prevents participation what these spammers are is online versions of hecklers

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