The presidential race is heating up and Iowa is one of the focal points in "Decision 2012." For the second time in the span of a month, Republican candidate Mitt Romney was in the metro, making a campaign stop Friday in Council Bluffs.
He held a 25-minute roundtable with a group of farmers and small business owners. He also talked to a huge crowd of supporters at Bayliss Park.
Romney started his speech by hitting back at what President Obama had to say in his press conference at the White House Friday morning. “For the president of the United States to stand up and say 'the private sector is doing fine' is going to go down in history. It's an extraordinary miscalculation and misunderstanding by a president who is out of touch.”
That was the central message Romney made to the crowd, hoping to woo undecided voters and energize supporters. “He's out of ideas, he's out of excuses and in 2012, the people of Iowa are going to make sure we put him out of office.”
Judy Freed came from Omaha and said it's Romney's strong character and focus on his family that impressed her. “He might come across as soft spoken man, but because of his character, all of a sudden you wake up and realize that was dynamic."
Romney told the crowd President Obama isn't doing enough to help the 23 million Americans out of work or who have stopped looking.
Ronald Lewer is undecided and said he didn't think Romney gave enough specifics of his own plan. “He said it would be nice to do this and I want to do this, but how is he going to do it?"
The Schroder family came from Columbus, Nebraska to listen to Romney. Kelly Schroder brought his two young sons so they could hear from the man they believe will serve next in White House. “This country is headed towards a fiscal train wreck and it’s not so much about us, it's about the next generation that I worry about the most."
Iowa Democrats were quick to respond to Romney’s speech. Iowa State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald said that as governor of Massachusetts, Romney left the state with a billion dollar deficit.
They said the state also lost twice the national average of manufacturing jobs and ranked 47th out of 50 states in job creation during his time in charge. “He's not in touch with Iowans,” said Fitzgerald. “Iowans have something great out here, lets hope he doesn't do for Iowa what he did for Massachusetts."