Mitt Romney Rally in Michigan Draws 9,300 in Support

Visit to Commerce was vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's first since being named to the GOP 2012 ticket.

COMMERCE — With the way the crowds packed into Long Family Orchard Friday, you may have thought that there was a run on its signature sweet corn crop.

The Mitt Romney presidential campaign received a hearty helping of home cooking in Commerce, with a crowd of 9,300 in support during his first trip back to Michigan since selecting  as his running mate.

A three-hour event at Long Family Orchard in Commerce was "rocking and rolling" from the moment doors opened at 9:30 a.m., with sunny skies and high temperatures accompanying families rocking out to live music and plenty of conservative voices to be heard.

Led by emcee and state Attorney General Bill Schuette, speakers including Oakland County Commissioner Christine Long, who hosted the event with husband Rob; Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley; and U.S. Senate hopeful Pete Hoekstra gave President Barack Obama an earful in one of the Nov. 6 election's battleground states.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard repeatedly reminded the crowd: "You built it!" The remark foreshadowed Day 2 of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, scheduled to begin Aug. 28, which is using a theme, "We Built It," according to USA Today.

That slogan is based on a controversial remark Obama made in mid-July, concerning the role of government in small business ownership.

Crowd reaction

Those Patch spoke with on Friday seemed more "pro-Romney" as opposed to "anti-Obama," riding a wave of positivity after the event which organizers said was only expected to host 3,000. Republicans representing Livingston, Washtenaw, Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties spoke highly of Romney/Ryan ticket above all.

"I was a backer of Romney in '08 and I'm a backer of him now," said Mark Thompson of Grosse Pointe Park. "Now that Paul Ryan's on the ticket, I'm just so pumped up about the election. I feel like we really can make a positive change this year and I think we will."

Ryan also earned Novi resident Patricia Simpson's affection after referencing his affinity for deer hunting and his Catholic faith in a speech deriding Obama.

"You listen to him talk and you know that this is the guy who can get something done. I feel like I can relate to him. You listen to Obama and you hear a bunch of platitudes," Simpson said.

Ryan remarked, "Remember about four years ago when he was talking to a bunch of donors from San Francisco and he said people from states like ours like to cling to our guns and our religion? I just have one thing to say: this Catholic deer hunter is guilty as charged and proud of it."

David Caruso, a grocery store owner from Warren, empathized with Romney as a business owner: "I'm not sure, has (Obama) ever held a job outside of the public sector? He's been nothing but a part of the machine since he was elected (in 2008). We need someone who can get the economy moving again."

Debbie and Dave Dobson are grandparents from White Lake who said they believed the ticket to the best choice to benefit future generations. 

"He covered all the bases. It was exciting for the hope he brings — the real hope, that my grandchildren, who I adore, have the opportunity that I had growing up," Dave Dobson said.

His wife, Debbie, added, "We feel like we just saw the First Lady, Ann Romney, and the President of the United States, Mitt Romney."

Billy Joe Ray Bob August 25, 2012 at 09:40 AM
like Romney will really regular people. I see him destroying this country if elected.
John Baublit August 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Romney isn't running for President of the United States; he's running for President of the 1%. His supporters are counting on your ignorance too! I don't care about his birth certificate; he needs to show us his tax returns.
Linda P August 25, 2012 at 12:52 PM
John and Biilly, the country has already been destroyed...past tense, by Obama, now we need a fix up president. Do you need a severe depression in this country to wake you up out of your economic coma?
Joseph McCauley August 25, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Best rally money could buy. Hey Mitt, how are the trees on this visit? If they loved the area so much, how come they don't still live here? Bunch of rich phonies. Mitt's just trying to one up his old man. We suffered enough with W trying to do the same thing.
Chad Bateman August 25, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Why are you so angry on every single post you have Linda? Relax, it is a beautiful Saturday morning in GP. Go for a sail on gorgeous Lake St. Clair. Go for a walk along Lakeshore. Enjoy one of our immaculate parks. Today is a great day, don't spend it by angrily posting your bitter thoughts.
art August 25, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Linda: Let these people on here babble away. There are still living in the past(trying to still blame Bush for their troubles now). If Romney is not elected there will be no future for them or their children and grandchildren. But then, maybe they don't care about those things.
Lucy Ann Lance August 25, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The best part of the event was the outstanding performance by the tremendously talented Saline Fiddlers!
Mary Reichert August 26, 2012 at 08:27 AM
Most of our politicians leave office as millionaires.I am happy to have someone running for office who's concerned about the future of our country-The more I read about Romney,the more I believe he has the ability to start decreasing our national debt.
John Baublit August 26, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Mary Reichert, The best way to reduce the national debt is to let the Bush tax cuts expire on millionaires, but Mitt is forcefully against this because in reality he only represents the wealthy. If I were a millionaire, I would definitely vote for Mitt Romney because he plans to give millionaires a $257,000 tax cut which could be used to pay down our debt. Then of course then he will just continue blaming teachers because every good Republican knows that teachers caused the national debt in the first place.
TaterSalad August 26, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Michigan..........here is part of the bigger problem we had while Jeniffer Grandholm was governor and kowtowed to the Unions and special interest groups and drove the state into the ground with huge debt for the next governor. Here is her latest diatribe while taking a break from here present job at CURRENTV, owned and operated by none an other.........Al Gore. http://weaselzippers.us/2012/08/26/jennifer-granholm-says-god-shut-down-rnc/
Michael Ajlouny August 26, 2012 at 04:06 PM
It is great to see Romney back in Michigan. We need someone who has real experience and true moral character back in office.
Jane Bernard August 27, 2012 at 02:28 AM
As a devout Catholic, I am struggling with this Election. Both candidates have supported Evil in the past. But, Obama is definitely more Evil. Therefore, I either vote Romney as the lesser of two evils or abstain. I feel like there should be a third party for people who are morally more conservative.
FHVoice August 27, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Jane, if you are a follower of Jesus, take note of the commentary about Romney's and Ryan's budget priorities from Catholic theologians that peg it antithetical to Jesus' teachings. Consider Dana Milbank's observations: "There is something un-Christian about the Gospel According to Paul Ryan. So, at least, says Ryan’s Catholic Church. In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody this month, Ryan, the author of the House Republican budget endorsed by Mitt Romney, said his program was crafted "using my Catholic faith" as inspiration. But the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was not about to bless that claim. A week after Ryan’s boast, the bishops sent letters to Congress (http://goo.gl/2CRgy) saying that the Ryan budget, passed by the House, "fails to meet" the moral criteria of the Church, namely its view that any budget should help "the least of these" as the Christian Bible requires: the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the jobless. "A just spending bill (http://goo.gl/Uf7b4)cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor and vulnerable persons," the bishops wrote." - "A faith-based lesson for Paul Ryan" http://goo.gl/HXyXt Catholic? The coup de grâce for your support of Ryan should be with the viewing of both http://goo.gl/Sn5hh and http://goo.gl/3pplX.
TaterSalad September 02, 2012 at 12:42 AM
The Democrats are so discombobulated that Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton does not want to even come to the DNC or more or less give a speech. http://sweetness-light.com/archive/hillary-gets-very-far-away-from-charlotte
TaterSalad September 03, 2012 at 02:42 PM
How The President, Barack Obama sees himself in the eyes of The World. http://noiri.blogspot.com/2012/09/how-obama-sees-himself-and-how-heavens.html
Doug H September 03, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Re: FHVoice - Does Obama's Muslim heritage concern you (i.e. sharia law) or are you going to just split hairs with Ryan's faith?
Chris K September 03, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Isn't it interesting how the Snyder never blames Granholm for the mess he inherited?
Christopher London September 03, 2012 at 11:27 PM
COMPARING PSYCHOPATHS: BERNIE MADOFF vs. MITT ROMNEY: If nothing else is clear by now, Republican Presidential Candidate, Mitt Romney clearly has something to hide. He will not give the American people an opportunity to verify his veracity. When you compare confidence men, Madoff and Romney, they actually share a number of personality traits, one notable commentator outlines them here: http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1767508/pg1 MITT ROMNEY = THE MORMON MADOFF: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150437193417030


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