On the Scene in West Chester, Ohio
Reader Jason Bieber was at Friday's Romney rally, and sent the following report and pictures. Everything that follows is his.
Basically, it was the big "Go Home, and Go Big" rally for the Romney campaign in the Dayton/Cincinnati area. They had most of the GOP heavy hitters there, who all spoke (mostly short stump speeches): Josh Mandel, Kelly Ayotte, John Kasich, Rob Portman, Reince Priebus, Bobby Jindal, Rudy Giuliani, John Boehner, John McCain, Marco Rubio, and, of course, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney.
First, a note about the crowd, which was well-behaved and of all ages. Good lord, it was HUGE. I spent the better part of an hour in the line to get into the event, and there were so many people coming that they virtually gave up on crowd control. Low-end estimate: 5,000. High-end: 20,000. If anything, it was A) really cold out, B) a Friday night, and C) in between Dayton and Cincy (so it's a 20-30 minute drive either way), which means that there were likely ALOT of "Broken Glass Voters" coming to make their voices heard. I think it's safe to say that Romney's winning the Dayton/Cincy area. Don't know by how much, but the enthusiasm was definitely there for the GOP and the Romney ticket. Everyone sounded upbeat about Romney, and alot of people were highlighting specific elements of the party platform -- jobs, coal, legal immigration, Benghazi/Libya, and Cbamacare. I didn't see a single binder full of women.
The speeches were good, although nothing really stood out (except maybe Rudy's angry speech about Benghazi). I think that the speeches were definitely "victory" speeches, and it sounds like a campaign that knows it has the momentum and a clear view of the issues (rather than campaign bullshit and boilerplate).
Anyways, check out the photos of the line, the crowd, and the candidates. Hope you like them! You can use them at PJMedia if you wish to.
Photos after the jump.