It is crunch time in the race for president and Mitt Romney is hoping to take advantage of every available moment. The GOP nominee was in two swing states Friday, and that included a stop in Chesterfield.
Virginia has become a crucial piece of any scenario that could lead to a Romney win. Polls show Romney surging in Virginia and the crowd that saw him this morning believes he can win. The Romney campaign has a renewed energy, and it was on display in Chesterfield.
"Mitt, Mitt, Mitt," the crowd cheered as he we introduced on stage.
The GOP nominee built the case that he is well positioned to win the White House in November.
"He (President Obama) says you can't fix Washington from the inside you need to be on the outside," Romney said. "Well we are going to give him that chance."
Romney spoke to a crowd of roughly four thousand supporters who have no doubt that he can win.
"There is a really groundswell going on right now," said Bob McCrocklin. "If you haven't noticed."
Rose Jones sees it as well.
"When you see people on the street, they are talking" she said. "They are saying that this country needs a new direction."
But while most polls show things have improved for the Republican, the race is still extremely tight. Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt argues that undecided voters will still break for the president.
"Take a close look at the difference between Governor Romney's words, and the implications of the policies he's proposed along the campaign trail," LaBolt challenged.
But on a sunny Friday in Chesterfield, Mitt Romney clearly had only one thing on his mind: riding his wave of momentum to victory.
"I believe in America, this country is coming back, thanks to you we are going to win in November," he said to cheers. "Virginia is going to get me the White House and we are taking back America."
And it's becoming clearer that Virginia is an essential component of a Romney path to victory.
President Obama could lose here and still have a shot to win. For Romney that would be impossible.
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