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Romney Talks about Jobs at Campaign Rally in Fairfax

More than 2,000 people gathered at Van Dyck Park in Fairfax to hear presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak at a campaign rally Thursday.

The economy and jobs were on the minds of thousands of voters who gathered in Van Dyck Park Thursday in Fairfax City to hear Republican presidential candidate and former Gov. Mitt Romney speak.

The rally began with speeches from local small business owners and Romney supporters. The business owners told the enthusiastic crowd that they support Romney because he has proven to be a strong and successful businessman.

Souny West—owner of The W Salon in Burke—said she has two sons who deserve the best. West also said that small business owners work very hard and make a lot of sacrifices and hope to continue to employ hard workers.

"The only way we can guarantee [our children] have the best of the best in this beautiful country is to make sure we secure our rights," West said. "Our future, mine and yours, is our responsibility."

Many in the crowd brought their children along to support the Romney campaign. Heather Perry from Vienna said she came to support the Romney/Ryan campaign and really get "pumped up" for the election.

Perry said, like others, she's concerned about the economy and wanted to hear Romney speak about it.

"Stop spending," Perry said. "Stop spending money we don't have. Paul Ryan had a budget plan, so I'm familiar with that. I would say the main thing is we have to get them elected, then work with both sides of the aisle to get something on the book to move forward. I'm so excited we finally have two guys who I feel confident will tackle the economic issues.”

Romney Talks Jobs, Energy

While the energetic crowd chanted "Mitt" and "USA," Romney explained that their energy gave him a boost of optimism.

"Northern Virginia could well determine who the next president is and I hope you make that decision and get me elected," said Romney.

Before moving forward, Romney recognized that the country is in mourning after losing four diplomats in the Middle East this week.

"We're thinking about their families and those they've left behind," he said.

Romney said the needed income in America has dropped by $4,300 per family according to USAToday. There are 23 million people who are out of work in the United States, he said.

"They've stopped looking for work or they're underemployed. But America's coming back," Romney said. "We're going to make sure we have the jobs that we need. America's going to remain strong, and we're going to make sure we remain the hope of the earth."

During the rally, Romney said he looked at the text of President Barack Obama's speech from last week's Democratic National Convention and said he expected new ideas, but found none.

"He's out of ideas, he's out of excuses," he said to the crowd. "And we're going to make sure that in November you put him out of office."

Romney devoted much of the rest of his speech to the five things in his plan that will get America working again. His plan, he said, includes using America's energy, which he says will create jobs in different fields, and opening the trading market to expand the reach to other countries.

"We got to help people get the skills they need for jobs. We've got to make sure our schools are competitive in the world," he said. "We can't continue to have schools in the bottom third of the world. I want to make sure we put our kids, and the teachers and the parents first and put the unions behind us."

"We want real change," said Romney, "and I'm going to bring real change to get America working again."

Brandt Hardin September 13, 2012 at 07:37 PM
The dynamic duo of Romney and Ryan would drive the entire economy into a nose dive as long as it benefits the richest Americans. Income inequality is endangering the Middle Class and making paupers of us all who don’t have those millions upon millions of dollars. Read more about the role of Romney’s riches in this election and the power of his sacred undergarments at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html The working class of our country can’t AFFORD to allow this election to be bought and sold!
Janie Oldham September 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
The working class can't afford 4 more years of unemployment in double digits. They can't afford 4 more years of regulations that are strangling our businesses and preventing business owners from hiring. How many more people must we add to our food stamps rolls before people wake up and vote for a change?!
John Stevens September 13, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I was at the rally this afternoon and Mitt Romney was called out by an attendee for his politicization of the tragedy in Libya. Romney was also asked to apologize to the family of slain ambassador Christopher Stevens before the heckler was removed by the secret service.
Mark Thomas September 14, 2012 at 09:41 AM
Calling the President out for being the weak and embarrassing"leader"that he is, is not politicizing. It's doing what Obama didn't do.
BurkePatriot September 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Brandt, It is easy to say empty words. Please fill them with substance otherwise you will be perceived as empty headed and have nothing to bring to a discussion with adults. How will the economy nose dive and how is not raising taxes a bad? You like property taken from you by government? Please explain. Educate us. In Liberty,
J. Fraser September 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Oppressive government is a catch all phrase- good sound bite, but somewhat nonsensical when multinationals wield more economic heft than the US government. Sure, we should always demand better government performance, but that isn't a partisan issue, that's a no-brainer. You think the President and his cabinet aren't serious about employee performance? In fox news world the Pres and his "cronies" spend their days twiddling their thumbs and coming up with oppressive regulations. Who dreams up this stuff? Murdoch? In part of my work I deal with the FAA. It has a ton of regulations, sometimes outdated, sometimes head scratchers. But flying in this country is incredibly safe thanks to the federal government's regulations. Again, non-partisan. The real issue is the income divide that was allowed to grow so large under Bush, and then aggravated by the recession (also under Bush's watch, lest we forget). Trickle down economics never worked, never will. Maybe someday we'll remember that the American Dream is not about getting rich, but about the opportunity to live one's life as a citizen of an open and democratic country, where all able-bodied souls have the opportunity to provide sustenance for themselves and their families and will care for those less fortunate. I am so proud of the country that created that dream.
Marie September 14, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Go Romney!!!!!!
SP LaFalce September 27, 2012 at 07:59 PM
What would Obama konw of income inequality? In 2005, when Obama began serving in the U.S. Senate (and his daughters turned 4 and 7), he and his wife were earning a combined annual income of $479,062. Barack Obama was paid a salary of $162,100 by the U.S. taxpayers, and Michelle Obama was paid $316,962 to handle community affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center. Source - http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-why-michelle-was-working-mom-316k-year-we-didnt-have-luxury-her-not-work These are not "working class" people. They are professional politicians who have never worked a real job in their lives.

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