AVON LAKE, Ohio — Gov. Mitt Romney kicked-off the last week before the election in Northeast Ohio with a visit to Avon Lake High School on Monday.
“People of the entire nation are counting on Ohio,” said Romney. “My guess is, that if Ohio votes me in as president, I’ll be the next President of the United States.”
The school gym was filled to capacity as supporters gathered to hear from the republican nominee. “Gov. Romney is a proven family man and a devout member of faith,” said Daniel Bucci, Avon Lake Council-at-Large, who spoke prior to Romney.
Hurricane Sandy forced the Romney campaign to cancel previously planned visits to Virginia and Monday’s stop outside of Cleveland was announced over the weekend.
Approximately 50 million people are expected to be impacted by Sandy, according to forecasters. The center of the storm is expected to reach the coast Monday night and make landfall in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
During his speech, Romney asked Ohioans to donate to the American Red Cross, citing the expected need for assistance along the east coast. “I’d like to ask you who are here today to think about making a contribution to the Red Cross or to another relief agency, to be of help if you possibly can in any way you can imagine to help those that are in harm’s way,” said Romney.
Recent polling has shown the race getting tighter in Ohio, where voters may determine which candidate wins the White House next Tuesday. “I’m convinced that on November 6th, the people of Ohio – with their clear eyes and full hearts – are going to make sure that America can’t lose, we’re taking back this country ,” said Romney.
The former Governor of Massachusetts also received an endorsement from a former Browns player. “America deserves real leadership. Ladies and gentlemen, that leader is Mitt Romney,” said Gary Baxter, a former cornerback. “It’s time to elect Mitt Romney as the next leader of the free world, get out and vote!”
“Ohio is not stronger because of President Obama’s policies, it’s stronger in spite of them,” said State Representative Nan Baker. That sentiment was shared by Brecksville Mayor Jerry Hruby. “Ladies and gentlemen, we shall and we will elect Mitt Romney.”
Following Romney’s speech in Avon Lake, Jessica Kershaw released the following statement on behalf of the Obama campaign: “Mitt Romney continued his campaign of deception today in Avon Lake, claiming to be on the side of auto workers while in the backyard of the auto industry but where, in fact, auto jobs are coming back from Mexico. At the same time, Romney continues his deceptive talk about similar jobs leaving for China in a new ad he’s running here in Ohio, an ad that was quickly debunked. What’s more, in the final week of this campaign, Mitt Romney and his supporters have completely abandoned the truth. Senator Portman today looked straight into voters’ eyes and falsely claimed Mitt Romney would have saved the auto industry. That’s just not true – when it mattered most, Romney turned his back on the industry and more than one million jobs up and down the supply chain. Ohioans know the truth, and that is why they will be supporting President Obama this November.”
The Romney campaign announced he would not be appearing in Wisconsin on Monday night. His running mate, Paul Ryan, also canceled his planned rallies in Florida. Both candidates cleared their campaigning schedules tomorrow, as well.
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