Romney returns to Hampton Roads for campaign rally

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by Cleve Bryan, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 15 at 5:44 PM

CHESAPEAKE--  A day after the second presidential debate, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was in Hampton Roads at a campaign rally.

Gov. Bob McDonnell introduced Romney to hundreds of supporters standing in a grassy field at the Tidewater Community College campus in Chesapeake Wednesday afternoon.

Romney told supporters, "The president has the weekend to come up with an agenda instead of just saying mine won't work."

Bill Payne's son is in the military and he fears a second term for President Obama. 

"We fear that the military would get cut drastically and it could end our son's career before it even gets started," Payne said.

Romney focused on domestic issues including gas prices, women's issues and bipartisan politics.

Romney ended his speech saying, "We've got 20 days to take back this great country."

Leila Baccouche is undecided about who she will vote for in the election. 

"Obama's got some good points.  Romney's got some good points.  It's a tough decision," Baccouche said.

This is the fifth time the former Massachusetts governor has visited Hampton Roads in recent months.

Many experts consider Virginia one of the most important swing states and a nearly must-win for either candidate.

Following the candidates' second debate, Obama is headed to Iowa and Vice President Joe Biden to Colorado and Nevada.

Obama appears to have 237 of the 270 electoral votes needed for victory comfortably in hand, and Romney is confident of 191. That leaves 110 electoral votes at stake in nine battleground states: Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire.

 

Associated Press also contributed to this report.

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