POMEROY — Speaking on behalf of his father, Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney, Tagg Romney spoke to a crowd of approximately 35 people at Wild Horse Café in Pomeroy on Friday afternoon.
The eldest son of the presidential nominee, Romney spoke a little about policy, but more about the man running for the office.
“Most of what you hear is about the policies,” said Romney. “I’m going to talk more about Mitt Romney the man and why I think he is a good man.”
Romney highlighted two reasons why he believes his father should win the upcoming election — his policies and the type person he is.
“My dad wants to restore the principles of free enterprise and pulling ourselves ahead,” said Romney. “He’s got an economic plan that cuts the taxes for the middle class and for all Americans and gets us to working … He wants to strengthen the military, not cut half a trillion dollars out of the military.
“He wants to make this land a land of energy. We have so many resources here; there is no reason we can’t be energy independent,” added Romney. “Instead of making coal the enemy, we need to figure out ways to use coal that helps America, and create good jobs here in America.”
Asked by The Daily Sentinel what a Romney presidency would mean for the coal industry — which is prominent in the area with four coal burning plants in the tri-county — Romney said, “My dad’s plan wants to get us independent of foreign sources of oil, and he is going to do everything he can to promote domestic energy production. He has talked a lot about coal country and strengthening coal country, and he wants to bring back good jobs for all Americans, all across the country.”
Speaking of the support from the opposing party his father has received in the past, Romney said (laughing), “There are more people in this room than Republicans in my home state.”
He explained that people often ask how a Republican is elected governor in Massachusetts (a heavily Democratic state).
“It’s simple. Massachusetts was facing a $3 billion budget deficit. In Massachusetts, the Democrats were all saying the same thing — we got to raise taxes, that’s the only way out of this, we got to raise taxes,” said Romney. “My dad said no, instead of raising taxes, we’re going to cut taxes, and we’re going to cut spending,” said Romney. “He cut taxes 19 times while he was there and left the state with a $2 billion surplus.”
“Whether it was Bain, the Olympics or Massachusetts, he has always done the same thing,” Romney noted. “He has come into trouble situations, turned them around and made them better. I think he’s going to do the same thing as President.”
“He believes that with a little bit of ingenuity and a lot of hard work you can do hard things, and there is no challenge too great to be overcome,” Romney said of his father. “Whenever the tough stuff happens, he faced it head on, and he rolled up his sleeves and got to work and fixed it. Some problems are tougher than others; the problems we are facing right now in this country are big.”
Romney thanked all those in attendance for taking time out of their schedules “to hear a son brag about his father.”
Romney was campaigning in Ohio for two days before moving on to West Virginia, Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania.
Of the busy campaign season, Romney added his wife told him, “You know there is a lot you can do for our kids, but there is nothing you can do that would be more important to their future than getting your dad elected.”
Tagg Romney is the father of six, ranging in age from his daughter, 17, to four month old twin boys. He joked that he had done something his father had not, as he has five boys and a girl. (Mitt Romney has five sons).
“I feel so lucky to have been blessed with the parents I was,” said Romney. “They are good people. In addition to doing good things as President, they will be a great President and a great First Lady. They will be people we can be proud of.”
Romney concluded by emphasizing the importance of getting everyone out to vote on election day, and working together to campaign for his father.
“Lets go win this thing together,” he said.
“We need to win Ohio, we are counting on Ohio to help us win the Presidency, and southeast Ohio is an important part of that,” said Romney speaking exclusively to The Daily Sentinel. “We expect to do very well here, and we are hopeful that people will come out and vote for us.”
Romney added that Ohio will see a lot of the Romney family in the coming weeks, with the presidential nominee, his running mate and four of the five Romney sons planning to make stops in the state.
Romney took time to speak with several people in attendance before departing and was given a tour of the restaurant by owner Horace Karr after the gathering.
Candidate for the 30th Senate District Shane Thompson, spoke briefly prior to Romney. Thompson spoke about the value of the coal industry and growing up in a family with coal miners.