June 30, 2016

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Ann Romney stops in Medina County, thanks volunteers

WADSWORTH — Ann Romney said she is confident her husband will be the president-elect come Wednesday.

“You are all going to wake up in the morning with a new president, and it’s going to be Mitt Romney,” she told a crowd of about 200 volunteers and supporters who filled the Republican campaign office to capacity.

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, thanks volunteers Thursday during a 10-minute speech at the GOP Victory Center, the Republican campaign office at 300 Weatherstone Drive, Wadsworth. About 200 people packed into the office to hear her talk. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

Romney met with Medina County volunteers Thursday during a brief stop at the GOP Victory Center, the Republican campaign office in Wadsworth.

The purpose of the stop was to thank volunteers and to encourage early voting, said Medina County Republican Party Chairman Kevin Dunn.

Romney, who was on her way to a rally in Strongsville, appeared with Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama and their surrogates are making a final push in Ohio in the days before the election. Bill Clinton was in Akron on Thursday, campaigning for Obama.

U.S. Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, will stop at the GOP Victory Center, 300 Weatherstone Drive, for a rally 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The public is invited, and the Boehner and Romney/Ryan campaign buses will be present for the event.

On Thursday, Ann Romney held Kellan Gailey, the 4-month-old grandson of Wadsworth Mayor Robin Laubaugh, and complimented Mandy Gailey, Kellan’s mother, on how cute her son was.

Gailey, 26, a Wadsworth resident, said she felt proud to support Mitt Romney and already had voted.

Tanya Ross-Lane, 55, of Akron, said she’d been volunteering for the Romney campaign in the Wadsworth office since August.

“I wanted to make a difference this time,” she said. Ross-Lane said she expected Ann Romney to be the next first lady.

She described herself as a “recovering liberal” and said she supported Mitt Romney because she believed marriage should be between a man and a woman, and that life begins at conception.

Dan Walker, 57, a Wadsworth resident and member of the county’s Republican Central Committee, said Ann Romney spoke from her heart.

“They’ve got a lot of confidence,” he said.

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.