EUCLID -- Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was at Stamco in Euclid Monday afternoon, holding a town hall meeting inside the plant.
The afternoon began with tunes blasted over the loudspeakers, including Kenny Chesney's "This is Our Moment."
After the introduction by state Auditor David Yost, Romney, in a white shirt with no tie and rolled-up sleves, took the stage and spoke for 25 minutes before taking questions form the audience.
Romney took the stage in front of one of Stamco's 3,000-ton stamping press.
Romney said that "it's been four years of tough times" that he didn't want to continue. "I want to see more people in good jobs so they can afford good mortagages," he added.
"President Obama is employing policies that do not work...because median household income for the middle class has gone down...while the cost of healthcare, the cost of gas and the cost of food has gone up..."
Romney told the crowd that "...the President and I have very different visions on what it will take to get America back working again..."
The first question he took was from a woman who asked him what the first thing he will do on "Jan. 21, 2013?" He replied that he would "stop Obamacare in its tracks..."
Romney dodged answering a question from a man who asked why he paid so much money on foreign taxes as listed in his tax return? "I'll look at that," Romney replied.
A small little girl with a big voice asked Romney "How are you going to stop the wasting of money for my future?"
The biggest and longest applause was not for Romney, thoguh, but for a gentleman in the audience who served in World War II and asked a question.
"I am one of 17 million veterans from World War II...some of us are no longer with us....and what concerns us is the foreign affairs situation. It seems that we are intervening over there in others' disagreements...with the result of the loss of American lives..."
Romney replied, "...we have a choice...so as we deal with each situation...we want to have a strong military to prevent wars..."
About 10 people got to ask questions and the last was a woman who said that "there are two things that I am passionate about...our country's relationship with Israel and partial birth abortion."
Romney replied that "...they are our friends because they are like us...and we will stand with Israel..." and also said that he was against partial abortion.
Romney closed the meeting by saying that Ohioans may have gotten robo-calls from former First Lady Barbara Bush recently because she said that "this election is the most important election in my lifetime."
"And this from a woman whose husband and son were both Presidents," he roared to a the crowd.
The town hall came to a close and Kid Rock's "I Was Born Free" blared from the loudspeakers.