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Romney pledges middle class tax relief at Asheville rally

Posted October 11, 2012
Updated October 12, 2012

— Mitt Romney spoke to thousands of supporters at Asheville's civic center Thursday evening, just before his running mate was scheduled to debate Vice President Joe Biden.

Romney promised to provide tax relief for the middle class if he wins his bid for the White House, and slammed President Barack Obama's record on jobs, debt and the economy.

"If President Obama were able to get re-elected, why, he would raise taxes. He’s made it very clear," Romney said. "I’ll make this commitment: I will not raise taxes on small business or the middle class in America. We’re going to keep our taxes down."

The line outside the U.S. Cellular Center on Haywood Street in downtown Asheville stretched for at least six blocks before doors opened at 4 p.m. Some people said they waited two hours to get inside.

Romney noted the big turnout during his stump speech.

"Based on what I'm seeing here this evening, I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that we're going to win North Carolina," he said.

Thousands rally for Romney in Asheville

Amy Bright said there's no question that Romney has her vote, and now she's trying to convince others.

"It's going to change our future if we don't get Obama out of there," she said. "Obama doesn't know what he's doing to reduce debt."

Kenneth Farmer said he was undecided until recently, but is now firmly backing Romney.

"I've always been hesitant about Republican policies after George Bush, because I felt like he wasn't a real Republican," Farmer said. "I feel like Mitt definitely is, and that's what restored my faith."

The Republican presidential nominee was joined by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Speaker of the House John Boehner and country singer Ronnie Milsap, who is a Graham County native, for the campaign rally.

In his remarks, Huckabee said Republican voter turnout is essential to a Romney win, and even suggested preventing Democratic voters from getting to the polls.

Romney makes campaign stop in Asheville Romney makes campaign stop in Asheville

"If you've got friends and neighbors who tell you that they're going to vote for Obama, tell them the election has been postponed until December," he said. "Don't let these people out of their house that day. Let the air out of their tires if you have to."

North Carolina is one of handful of battleground states where both the campaigns of Romney and Obama are spending time and resources and lots of money on advertising. Obama narrowly won North Carolina's electoral votes four years ago.

National polling numbers released Thursday by Rasmussen suggest Romney has taken the lead in the presidential race, ahead of Obama 51 to 48 percent, following a strong performance in the first presidential debate last week.

In the latest WRAL News poll numbers released before that debate, Obama was leading Romney in North Carolina 49 to 47 percent.  

Romney last visited North Carolina in August for a Charlotte fundraiser. Thursday marks his sixth campaign visit to the Tar Heel state.

GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and Biden were scheduled to debate at 9 p.m. in Danville, Ky.

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  • itsmyownopinion Oct 12, 2012

    Regardless of what is said, I will be casting my vote for President Obama. You should do the same. Make the right choice in voting and have no regrets later.
    charmcclainlovesdogs2

    Me too, when early voting opens.

  • Scubagirl Oct 12, 2012

    oh an mr. wannabe president.....please go home some of us see right thru you and your lies

  • Scubagirl Oct 12, 2012

    guess he's gonna retract that and change his mind next week!

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 12, 2012

    WooHoo.... just look at all the love the obama presidency has bestowed upon us.

    Regardless of what is said, I will be casting my vote for President Obama. You should do the same. Make the right choice in voting and have no regrets later.

  • WooHoo2You Oct 12, 2012

    Artist,

    -WooHoo.... just look at all the love the obama presidency has bestowed upon us.

    So 106.1 and all the video scream-o blogs on Fox News are Obama's doing?

    -Regardless of who wins this election - the nation is permanently divided.

    So you blame Obama for the blind hatred of him? It is Obama’s fault that GOP congressmen were SIGNING CONTRACTS (on some of their first days) to resist anything the president supported and to ensure failure for the goal of ‘making him a one term president?’

    Your divisiveness is YOUR issue that affects us all…

  • Grand Union Oct 12, 2012

    "Look at gas prices, nuf said!!!"

    Still lower than W's high......

    and what do you think Romneys war on Iran would do for gas prices?

  • Grand Union Oct 12, 2012

    "If Romney is a “leader” why did he leave office with a 34 percent approval rating?"

    And its not exactly hard to lead a state that has a 87% (IIRC) majority by one party.....all you have to do is do what they want you to do.....its not as if you have much choice, they can over-ride any veto you try.

  • kgbkgb1967 Oct 12, 2012

    Shoot, I'll cut everyone's taxes too!! And give you 1 million dollars each.

  • simplelogic Oct 12, 2012

    "WooHoo.... just look at all the love the obama presidency has bestowed upon us.

    Regardless of who wins this election - the nation is permanently divided."

    Yes, we were all totally united before Obama took office. It's all Obama's fault. Because we all know that Bush was a "uniter, not a divider". He said so himself.

  • simplelogic Oct 12, 2012

    "Romney says he is going to cut taxes by 20%, raise military spending and not increase taxes on anyone. What he doesn't say is how he can pay for this. It's a fairy tale."

    No! It's the magic underwear.

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