Four years ago, Barack Obama swept into the White House riding the mantra of hope and change. Today, GOP nominee Mitt Romney hopes Americans are ready to change the direction of the country away from Obama’s failed policies. “Change” was the centerpiece of a much-hyped speech Romney delivered before 3,500 supportive Iowans at Kinzler Construction in Ames on Friday. He used the word 17 times during his 20-minute speech. 10 of those came in the final four paragraphs.
“What this requires is change, change from the course of the last four years. It requires that we put aside the small and the petty, and demand the scale of change we deserve: we need real change, big change.
Our campaign is about that kind of change–confronting the problems that politicians have avoided for over a decade, revitalizing our competitive economy, modernizing our education, restoring our founding principles.
This is the kind of change that promises a better future, one shaped by men and women pursuing their dreams in their own unique ways.
This election is a choice between the status quo — going forward with the same policies of the last four years — or instead, choosing real change, change that offers promise, promise that the future will be better than the past.
If you are ready for that kind of change, if you want this to be a turning point in America’s course, join Paul Ryan and me, get your family and friends to join us, and vote now for the kind of leadership that these times demand.”
As the economy remains stagnant and 23 million Americans seek full-time employment, Romney’s message is appealing to swing state voters. 11 days before Election Day, the momentum of the very close race remains in Romney’s favor. Friday’s speech offered a compelling vision for the country’s future. It also provided a sharp contrast from the continually negative tone offered by President Obama.
“President Obama frequently reminds us that he inherited a troubled economy. But a troubled economy is not all that President Obama inherited. He inherited the greatest nation in the history of the earth. He inherited the most productive and innovative nation in history. He inherited the largest economy in the world. And he inherited a people who have always risen to the occasion, regardless of the challenges they faced, so long as we have been led by men and women who have brought us together, called on our patriotism, and guided the nation with vision and conviction.”
Among the vast crowd in Ames were numerous Iowa State University students. Although most of the youth vote will go to Obama, four years of failed policies have greatly diminished the enthusiasm young voters had for him in 2008. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s message is resonating with that a fair amount of that voting bloc.
“I don’t like where our country is right now so I don’t know why we would re-elect a president who has brought us to where we are right now,” said Danielle Dolan, an ISU senior.
“I’ve been reading up a lot on it and keeping a close eye on it. It’s just nice to finally hear what he has to say in person,” said Alex Heckman, an ISU student. “Romney has set out a plan and told us what he’s going to do for the next four years. I’m definitely supporting Romney.”
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