With the election just a few weeks away, Mitt Romney made a stop in Cuyahoga Falls to discuss what he feels will make the U.S. a global leader.
Romney brought along New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ohio Senator Rob Portman to the parking lot of the Falls Natatorium where a crowd of about 11,000 heard a passionate speech about how the current economic climate, health care reform, and other crises are failing the U.S.
"Four more weeks" was Romney's theme for tonight, referring to the amount of time he felt President Barack Obama would have in office.
The phrase was chanted throughout the rally as Romney pointed out President Obama's supporters have chanted "Four more years" during his most recent campaign stops.
Governor Romney immediately attacked what he claims is President Obama's plan to raise taxes on small business.
"He wants to raise taxes on small business, I will not raise taxes on small businesses," Romney explained.
"By virtue of what he's describing, you're going to see high unemployment, wage growth become non-existent, and a same type of economic crisis that they have in Europe."
Romney outlined a five part plan to rebuild the American economy, including developing the country's coal, natural gas and oil resources to create more manufacturing jobs. Romney also pledged to sign new trade agreements with Latin America, which he claims will create more jobs here in the U.S.
For the thousands who came Tuesday night, an aura of excitement was in the air as the Cuyahoga Falls High School marching band stirred up the crowd prior to Romney's arrival and Romney/Ryan souvenirs were sold outside the barricaded parking lot.
Falls native Mary Anne said the event was exciting and that it showcased the city in a positive manner.
"It's a small little town, we don't get this very often," she said.
Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart says its a great honor for Governor Romney to have chosen his city as a campaign stop.
"It's an exciting time for our city, it doesn't get any better than this," Robart said.
"I think he (Romney) speaks to Middle America, I think he has a wonderful message, and he's picking up momentum."
With the election just 20-plus days away, Romney prompted those in attendance to weigh in on what problems the country is facing as they went back into their daily routines.
Jean McEwen of Copley said she wanted to see health care reform and see the nation grow as a whole./p>
" I brought my mother who is 88 years old here today, and under Obamacare, she might not be here much longer, she said.
It wasn't the only thing on her mind.
"I want to see just how Romney is going to improve the economy and bring people back to work."
Danny Bann of Twinsburg says its crunch time for all voters and that if people want to see change, they need to make it out to the polls November 6.
"This is a very important election, I feel this is more important than the one that took place four years ago."
"I think he needs to get the young voters here in these last few weeks, tell them that they are voting for their future and their lives."
As in many political gatherings, not all of the people in attendance were in support of the Governor's plan, namely a small group of protesters who stood outside the rally.
Stephanie from Cuyahoga Falls says Romney is out of touch with the middle class and can't identify with the common man...or woman.
"He just doesn't get it, " she says. "We want someone in office who understands the middle class and embraces diversity and change."