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Romney Stumps For Support In Center City & Valley Forge

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Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney came to Philadelphia and the suburbs on Friday, to raise money and stump for votes, preaching a message of job creation and a balanced budget. Clearly, some people were not too happy to see him as Fox 29's Bruce Gordon reports.

The fundraising that was done this morning too place at Center city's Union League.  The mid-day rally was out in Wayne, at the Valley Forge Military Academy & College.

At the afternoon rally, he worked hard to put himself back in the hunt for Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes.  The crowd was enthusiastic and it was big, so big that as the former governor took the stage inside, hundreds had to stand outside and catch Mr. Romney's 22-minute speech on a loudspeaker.

They heard a blistering attack on the Obama administration and its handling of the nation's economy.

"The President thinks we need another stimulus.  How did that last stimulus work out?  Not so well!   The President wants to grow government.   I think government should be smaller- not bigger!  I don't want it to take more from us!" Romney told the crowd.

The GOP nominee promised to get tough on trade with china, step up oil drilling on Federal lands and reject higher taxes on any income group.  But mostly,  this was a message of smaller government.

Across the road, a handful of President Obama's supporters chanted and held signs.  On such sign called Mr. Romney the "outsourcer-in-chief."  That theme -  the rich guy who worries more about investors than working people - was echoed in an official Democratic response in Center City.

Said former governor Ed Rendell of Romney, "He is completely out of touch with working Pennsylvanians, working Philadelphians.  He has no connection to reality!"

Pennsylvania has, for years, been considered a battleground state for the presidency-- a true toss-up between Republicans and Democrats.

But that image may be outdated.  Why?  Watch Fox 29's Bruce Gordon follow up piece at 6pm, posted above.


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