Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets supporters Sunday… (Justin Sullivan, Getty…)
FINDLAY, Ohio — Mitt Romney on Sunday offered his thoughts for people who will be affected by Hurricane Sandy.
“I know that right now some people in the country are a little nervous about a storm about to hit the coast. And our thoughts and prayers are with the people who will find themselves in harm's way,” the GOP nominee told 2,000 supporters gathered in a college athletic center.
The rally with running mate Paul D. Ryan was his second Ohio event of the day, after Romney canceled plans to travel in Virginia because of the impending storm.
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, introducing the GOP ticket, hit the president on a local matter, noting that President Obama’s administration had proposed suspension of tank production at a plant that has long provided high-paying jobs in this struggling Rust Belt area.
“The Lima tank plant is incredibly important to our economy. It’s also incredibly important to our military and to ensure that we have a national security and a military that is second to none,” Portman said.
Romney said he felt growing momentum and was seeing larger crowds as election day loomed.
“The president believes everything is going about right, that we’re on track, that it’s, you know, stay the course,” Romney said. “Go forward, he says, I consider that to be more forewarned, all right? My own view is that this is a turning point for America, that we need to take a different course, that we cannot stay on the course we are on."
Ryan said a woman approached him at church in Dayton on Sunday morning about her concern over President Obama’s healthcare law and what she viewed as a war on religion.
“There is so much at stake in this election,” he said. “It really does come down to the kind of country we’re going to give our kids and our grandkids.”
Romney concluded the event with a plea for help in Ohio, which is vital in his pursuit of the White House, and where the race has grown tight.
"Findlay, Ohio, may well be the place that decides who the next president is. I need you to vote,” he said.