Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stops in Sarasota
Greeted with welcoming cheers, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is taking center stage outside the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. He spoke to a crowd of supporters and made his push for presidency. Video by fox4now.comvideo
SARASOTA, Fla. - Greeted with welcoming cheers, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is taking center stage outside the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. He spoke to a crowd of supporters and made his push for presidency.
"Do you want 4 more years of unemployment above 8%?" asked Romney. "The American people are going to vote for real change this November."
Romney told the crowd as a country we face major challenges including massive debt and a broken Washington. Romney says President Obama has already thrown in his white flag and surrendered.
"He said he can't fix Washington from the outside. He can only change it outside. Well we are going to give him that chance in November. He's going outside," said Romney.
Romney says he has a 5 step plan to get America back on track. It includes balancing the budget, putting teachers and students first and focusing on small businesses.
Outside the rally, a much different feel. Protesters lined Bay Shore Road in Sarasota saying Romney isn't the way to go. They say controversy still follows him because of the remarks he made at a previous fundraiser back in May. Romney said 47% of Americans are dependent on the government.
"When I was young my father died so we had government assistance. My mother is on Medicare so for him to say 47% of Americans are moochers, that's disgusting," said Marybeth Carter, Romney protester.
Romney acknowledged the protesters.
"I love a few protesters, not too many, but a few and they had signs that said 4 more years chanting 4 more years. You really want 4 more years where only half of college graduates can find a job?" said Romney.
Romney says it's time for someone new to guide this country and supporters agree.
While in Sarasota, Romney also attended a private fundraiser at the Ritz. Donors paid $2,500 a plate.