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Local Audience Says Romney Gives Hope

Find out what Mitt Romney supporters from around the Delaware Valley thought of the Republican presidential candidate's speech at Valley Forge Military Academy & College.

The economy, jobs, military, foreign policy and education were just some of the issues concerning former Gov. Mitt Romney's supporters who came to hear the candidate speak Friday at Valley Forge Military Academy and College. 

Wendy Neininger of Willistown Township, a registered Democrat, is supporting Romney. In 2008, Neininger supported Hillary Clinton, but when Clinton lost the Democratic primary to President Barack Obama, Neininger changed her allegiance. Now, she volunteers at the Romney Victory Office in West Chester. 

Neininger is concerned about the job market and said college students are scared about the future.

“It’s not just the older workers who can’t find jobs; it’s the younger workers too,” she said.

Cabrini College students Jen Farina, of New Jersey, and Maria Monstra, of West Chester, expressed concern over the job market as well and were happy to hear Romney’s plan.

“I think what he had to say was great,” Farina said.

Monstra also agreed with Romney’s points about utilizing energy sources in the United States, about not raising taxes and in particular, about the military.  Monstra’s boyfriend is in the military, so she is concerned about the military spending cuts that Romney spoke in opposition to in his speech.

“It’s scary. They’re the ones who protect our lives,” she said.

Fred Floyd, of Havertown, is a veteran who served four years in the Navy and four years in the Army. 

“I’m glad he spoke out,” Floyd said of Romney’s points on military spending.

Floyd, a Republican Committee member, went on to say that he is also concerned about education. He is concerned about the cost of a college education and that many students are not prepared to do college level schoolwork. 

“I think he [Romney] covered the important points,” Floyd said.

Some of the points that Alan Brink, chair of the Radnor Republican Party, found most important included Romney’s thoughts on improving the economy and creating jobs. He thinks Romney can create the change he sees as necessary to help small businesses.

“Obama doesn’t understand entrepreneurship,” Brink said.

Echoing the concerns of other Romney supporters who were at the event, Brink also mentioned the concerns of college students. The students, he said, are worried about getting jobs when they graduate and also about the country’s debt.

“They [college students] might have to pay this debt back,” Brink said.

People are scared, Brink went on to say. Romney’s appearance and speech today addressed some of people’s fears.

“He gave us some hope.”

Tom Bartman November 04, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Romney provides hope because Obama gave us this: http://www.threatcore.com/election/ Get out and vote, Pennsylvania!!!
Watts November 04, 2012 at 11:44 PM
A good example would be that guy Bill, who is posting a couple down from here. I bet that he isn't even smart enough to look back and see that I am talking about him here. Sorry, gotta run. Time to go fishing.
Watts November 04, 2012 at 11:46 PM
So the media has a gender and for you, that gender is female? And she is a cheater? Hmmm...are you sure that maybe your post isn't purging some deeper issues for you?
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Mr. Romney does not provide hope. Hope for what? Losing more of our hard-earned civil liberties? How is this hope? Hope you wake up election day with your own civil liberties intact. Be Libertarian for one election, and hope you and your children continue to live in a free America. "Third Party Candidates on Civil Liberties While neither Obama nor Romney can plausibly claim to defend the Constitution, many third-party presidential candidates have expressed profound opposition to national security policies that abuse civil rights and civil liberties. On October 23, four candidates on the ballot in enough states to win the presidency (Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Libertarian Party candidate Gov. Gary Johnson, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson) gathered at the Chicago Hilton to debate each other, drawing attention to many policies on which neither Romney nor Obama have promised real leadership." Read more: http://www.constitutioncampaign.org/blog/?p=10655#more-10655
Colter95 November 06, 2012 at 12:27 AM
How about hope for a job, Sharpie? Wrong on the economy, wrong on Benghazi, and wrong on the auto bailout. The time for real change is NOW!! Cut, paste, read, and forward!! http://www.policymic.com/articles/14285/obama-lies-obama-auto-bailout-did-not-rescue-detroit http://www.factcheck.org/2012/06/obamas-outsourcer-overreach/ http://twitchy.com/2012/10/23/obama-lies-about-romneys-position-on-auto-bailouts-conservatives-hit-back/ http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jack-coleman/2012/10/26/letterman-slams-obama-auto-bailout-lie-followed-maddow-parroting-same- Romney/Ryan 2012

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