The wait that was well worth it

By: Rob Hughes Email
By: Rob Hughes Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) They lined up hours before the doors opened, and battled hot temperatures; all for a chance to see the man they hope will be our next president. KKCO talked to dozens of people. More than a thousand people showed up to see Governor Romney. Many had shirts, hats, and signs. They were mostly complete strangers, but all united for a single cause.

The Romney campaign was putting signs out at the crack of dawn, and people lined up nearly halfway across the parking lot. They all had similar concerns. "The economy is the big concern," says one Romney supporter. "The economy is a big issue for young people," says another. "Right now, there's not much hope," says yet another.

Many said the same thing when asked what they hope Governor Romney would do if elected president. "Get rid of Obamacare," says one supporter.

They want to see action. "People need to get off the line of taking money for doing nothing," says Sandy McFarland, a Romney supporter.

And for small business owners like David Gross, it's Romney's business credentials that qualify him for President. "I'd say he has Governor experience, and his business is probably what I'm more interested in; is balancing budgets and those type of things seem to be his strong suit," says Gross.

Reid Swenson drove out from Salt Lake City. He hopes Governor Romney's turnaround of the 2002 Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City will resonate with voters.

"Mitt Romney turned the winter games around and made them successful; now the state of Utah, us Utahans are benefiting from a surplus that Mitt Romney left behind," adds Swenson.

Others were glad he answered attacks that he supported a form of "Obamacare" while Massachusetts Governor.

"He did not want Obamacare, and there were some things that he had and some things that he voted against; but they didn't stay because he was working with democrats," says Roberta Knutson, a Romney supporter.

And Kathleen Jefferson feels he doesn't have to run for President, but just wants to help his country. "I don't think he owes people, he doesn't need money, he's a person that wants to excel," says Jefferson.

There were chairs and speakers set up for folks who couldn't make it into the gym to see Governor Romney. The Governor did make a brief appearance to speak with them before the town hall started.

We didn't see any Democrats or President Obama supporters on school grounds. There were a few across the street from the school supporting their candidate.

Several of those who attended Tuesday's event also told us they saw Romney when he visited Grand Junction this spring.

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