April 18, 2014

Medina
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GOP’s Mitt Romney to stump in Avon Lake

AVON LAKE — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will appear at an 11:15 a.m. rally today, thrilling area GOP leaders.

Anyone wishing to see Romney today at Avon Lake High School, 175 Avon Belden Road, should have tickets with them.

Mitt Romney

David Arredondo, Lorain County Republican Party co-chairman, said Sunday night he thought tickets could still be obtained online at avonlakerally.eventbrite.com. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. with the event scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m.

The visit takes place eight days from the presidential election as Romney and President Barack Obama run neck-and-neck in national polls.

It will be Romney’s third visit this year to Lorain and Medina counties. On April 19, the GOP challenger was at the shuttered National Gypsum plant in Lorain, saying the president’s economic policies have failed the 58 former workers at the Lorain drywall plant. Obama visited the plant in February 2008 during the Democratic primary that year.

Romney was in Medina County on Father’s Day, June 17, appearing at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick.

Romney’s visit to Avon Lake comes on the heels of a visit Friday by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, to the Romney headquarters at Learwood Square in Avon Lake.

“We are very excited,” Arredondo said.

Avon Lake Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch, co-chairwoman of Romney’s campaign in Lorain County, said volunteers have been spending hours and hours knocking on more doors.

She said Romney supporters were energized by the Portman visit Friday and look forward to hearing more from the candidate himself.

“He is a true leader,” Fenderbosch said of Romney. “He’s a businessman who’s going to support small business as well as big business — the economy is what it’s all about.”

She cautioned those attending the rally to carry as little as possible. No bags, liquids, sharp objects, umbrellas or signs will be permitted, but cameras will be allowed.

Avon Lake School Superintendent Robert Scott said school will be held as usual today.

“Our high school kids will be able to come and listen,” Scott said. “(The campaign) wanted it as normal as possible.

“They realize it’s a real opportunity for our kids to be part of the process,” Scott said.

Romney’s campaign announced the candidate was canceling three events in Virginia today because of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

Instead, Romney was joining vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan today for the last day of a two-day, 400-mile bus tour through small towns in Ohio.

At one stop Saturday, Ryan told a gathering in Yellow Springs that Ohioans are “in the epicenter of this thing” and “may well determine the direction of this country.”

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kaniamania66 Melissa Armstrong Kania

    shouldn’t he be more concerned with Hurricane Sandy?

  • Jack

    What should he do about the hurricane?

  • Chris Slomka

    A true leader who is abandoning his state of Massachussetts – who is DIRECTLY in the path of the Hurricane. Obama canceled his visit to stay in DC and take action. Enough said.

  • Luke23

    Romney is not a “businessman.” He was the owner of a hedge fund and vulture capitalist company which bought up solvent assets, borrowed against their equity, laid off their employees by oursourcing their jobs overseas, and then often placing them in bankruptcy. It was a win win for Romney. He walked away with hundreds of millions of dollars which he put in tax evasion schemes in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere. And even if one perceives this pretender as a “businessman” it is important to remember that the last businessman we had as President was Herbert Hoover who led us into the Great Depression by following policies which Romney believes in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Igorchuck Charles Cascales

    Romney is not a “businessman.” He was the owner of a hedge fund and vulture capitalist company which bought up solvent assets, borrowed against their equity, laid off their employees by oursourcing their jobs overseas, and then often placing them in bankruptcy. It was a win win for Romney. He walked away with hundreds of millions of dollars which he put in tax evasion schemes in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere. And even if one perceives this pretender as a “businessman” it is important to remember that the last businessman we had as President was Herbert Hoover who led us into the Great Depression by following policies which Romney believes in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.j.reynolds Matthew J Reynolds

    Ohio is going for Obama this year. Big time. He’s in my hometown throwing political bombs while the President is leading the greatest country in the world through an historical natural disaster.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Igorchuck Charles Cascales

    He should tell us all that his statement about defunding FEMA was a attempt to pander to the far right. Now “Moderate Mitt” won’t dare to say that in the face of Hurricane Sandy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUMQ555KDHL57J5CJ6NRXQDM2M cali65

    I would expect nothing less of the President to take care of emergencies first! Wish he would have done more to help our fellow Americans in Benghazi. Enough said.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUMQ555KDHL57J5CJ6NRXQDM2M cali65

    Your own President has money in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere! You must be a true democrat, can’t win honestly so you have to make up lies to try to belittle a great man. Wish you would look closer at the closets in the Whitehouse.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUMQ555KDHL57J5CJ6NRXQDM2M cali65

    Interesting… two exact paragraphs above with different names. I hope the democratic campaign party is paying you enough to keep you writing your little blurbs here and there. This time you guys got your lines crossed!

  • John Seet

    A vote for Obama is a vote for gay marriages, gay lifestyle and gay practices, and a vote for abortion as well. The majority of voters in Ohio are smart enough to reject the path that leads to perdition in this life and the next. nRomney/Ryan 2012 because there’s no other way.