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Romney Talks About Jobs at Rally in Fairfax

More than 2,000 people gathered at Van Dyck Park in Fairfax to hear presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak at a campaign rally Thursday.

The economy and jobs were on the minds of thousands of voters who gathered in Van Dyck Park in Fairfax City Thursday to hear Republican presidential candidate and Mitt Romney speak.

The rally began with speeches from local small business owners and Romney supporters. The business owners told the enthusiastic crowd that they support Romney because he has proven to be a strong and successful businessman.

Souny West—owner of The W Salon in Burke—said she has two sons who deserve the best. West also said that small business owners work very hard and make a lot of sacrifices and hope to continue to employ hard workers.

"The only way we can guarantee [our children] have the best of the best in this beautiful country is to make sure we secure our rights," West said. "Our future, mine and yours, is our responsibility."

Many in the crowd brought their children along to support the Romney campaign. Heather Perry from Vienna said she came to support the Romney/Ryan campaign and really get "pumped up" for the election.

Perry said, like others, she's concerned about the economy and wanted to hear Romney speak about it.

"Stop spending," Perry said. "Stop spending money we don't have. Paul Ryan had a budget plan, so I'm familiar with that. I would say the main thing is we have to get them elected, then work with both sides of the aisle to get something on the book to move forward. I'm so excited we finally have two guys who I feel confident will tackle the economic issues.”

Romney Talks Jobs, Energy

While the energetic crowd chanted "Mitt" and "USA," Romney explained that their energy gave him a boost of optimism.

"Northern Virginia could well determine who the next president is and I hope you make that decision and get me elected," said Romney.

Before moving forward, Romney recognized that the country is in mourning after losing four diplomats in the Middle East this week.

"We're thinking about their families and those they've left behind," he said.

Romney said the needed income in America has dropped by $4,300 per family according to USAToday. There are 23 million people who are out of work in the United States, he said.

"They've stopped looking for work or they're underemployed. But America's coming back," Romney said. "We're going to make sure we have the jobs that we need. America's going to remain strong, and we're going to make sure we remain the hope of the earth."

During the rally, Romney said he looked at the text of President Barack Obama's speech from last week's Democratic National Convention and said he expected new ideas, but found none.

"He's out of ideas, he's out of excuses," he said to the crowd. "And we're going to make sure that in November you put him out of office."

Romney devoted much of the rest of his speech to the five things in his plan that will get America working again. His plan, he said, includes using America's energy, which he says will create jobs in different fields, and opening the trading market to expand the reach to other countries.

"We got to help people get the skills they need for jobs. We've got to make sure our schools are competitive in the world," he said. "We can't continue to have schools in the bottom third of the world. I want to make sure we put our kids, and the teachers and the parents first and put the unions behind us."

"We want real change," said Romney, "and I'm going to bring real change to get America working again."

Betty Pawsheifer September 14, 2012 at 04:48 PM
If Mitt Romney really wanted economic growth, he'd be asking why Congress hasn't passed President Obama's job plan. Instead, he's pretending that Obama never offered it.
the-stix September 20, 2012 at 09:32 AM
The Democratic controlled Senate rejected President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs bill by a vote of 51 to 48 in 2011. Obama should be doing the asking and others should not be pretending there was never Congressional action.

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