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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  • by Reid Location: Salt Lake City, UT on Jul 16, 2012 at 01:46 AM
    Yes, the wait was well worth it and so was our 5 hour drive to get there! Mitt was energetic and brilliant as always. I was greatly impressed by his volunteers and the crowd size and energy. I think the crowd was closer to 2,000 than 1,000. Mitt showed a lot of class by speaking to those of us in the overflow area prior to his main speech inside. I'm actually glad we saw him outside in the overflow area where we got much closer to him than most of those who were inside. I also have viewed a lot of KKCO'st coverage of Mitt's visit online and think that KKCO did a very professional job of covering Mitt's visit. When Mitt wins this November and gets sworn in early next year we will gradually start hearing the word "surplus" begin to replace the word "deficit" with regards to our country's economic situation. Awesome!
  • by Homer on Jul 11, 2012 at 07:32 PM
    I say the same thing every morning after my 2nd cup of coffee, it was worth the wait.
  • by disgusted on Jul 11, 2012 at 08:10 AM
    The wait that was well worth it? GAG!
  • by Four more months Location: Ritterville on Jul 11, 2012 at 06:20 AM
  • by heaven help us on Jul 10, 2012 at 09:23 PM
  • by M Location: GJ on Jul 10, 2012 at 08:07 PM
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