Reporting from Idaho Falls, Idaho — Drawing enormous crowd has never been Mitt Romney’s forte, but his rally Thursday in Idaho drew more than 2,200 people who showed with squeals and booming cheers that they were among his most ardent fans.
The crowd was a stark contrast to his audience last week in Detroit when he spoke at Ford Field, an NFL stadium that swallowed the relatively small number of people on hand to see Romney.
“What a treat this is. What an extraordinary welcome,” Romney said. “I’m happy to be back. I was just here a couple of weeks ago. I need your help. I need you to go to the caucuses, I need you to vote, make sure I win this thing, and that I become the nominee!”
The line of supporters snaked out the door of the gym at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls. One woman in the crowd held a sign that said, “Mitt is bringing sexy back” – a most unusual placard to see at a Romney rally. After speaking to a crowd of more than 1,200 in the school’s auxiliary gym, Romney held a second rally in another gym next door.