The Republican presidential nominee fielded a handful of questions dealing with issues like gas prices, education, small businesses, manufacturing jobs and his foreign policy agenda. All of these topics were discussed by Romney and citizens from Pennsylvania.
Romney also took the opportunity to knock President Obama, comparing his policies to those of a European country.
“I believe we’re looking at two directions for America,” said Romney. “One is a country which is more and more like Europe with a larger and larger government that taxes more, is more assertive in our lives, tells us what kind of health care we can have, what type of treatments we can ultimately receive. A country where the government invests money in various companies because they think they can do a better job than tax free markets. That’s the pathway that’s been chartered by the President.”
Romney also attacked Obama on Social Security and Medicare, saying if the two programs keep expanding under Obama, they are likely to go bankrupt.
But the PA Dems didn’t take the attacks lying down. State Chair Jim Burn blasted Romney’s comments, saying that PA voters won’t be fooled by his rhetoric.
“Mitt Romney’s phoned-in attacks on the President won’t change the fact that PA voters are not buying the failed policies of the past he’s selling, even after his allies have spent $20 million of special-interest-funded attacks in the state,” said Burn.
“Unlike Mitt Romney, President Obama has a real, achievable plan that will create jobs, expand opportunity and ensure an economy built to last – one that’s built from the middle out, not the top down. It will help us meet a set of goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security and the deficit. That’s the type of leadership voters from Philadelphia to Erie deserve, not a return to the failed policies of the past.”
Republicans in Pennsylvania are working hard to show that they believe the Keystone State is still in play for Romney come Nov 6.
Despite the fact there are no ads airing in PA on either side and Obama is consistently polling ahead by over 7 points, Romney and the PA GOP say that the state is up for grabs.
In addition to the telephone town hall, the Romney Campaign also announced its leadership for the Pennsylvania campaign, headed by Governor Tom Corbett and Senator Pat Toomey. The rest of the leadership, including county leaders, is here:
State Finance Chairs
National Committeeman Bob Asher
National Committeewoman Christine Toretti
Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason
Congressman Mike Kelly
Congressman Glenn Thompson
Congressman Jim Gerlach
Congressman Pat Meehan
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick
Congressman Bill Shuster
Congressman Tom Marino
Congressman Lou Barletta
Congressman Charlie Dent
Congressman Joe Pitts
Congressman Tim Murphy
Congressman Todd Platts
Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley
Debbie Shuster King
Mary Ellen Salerno
Marcella “Sally” Geyer
C. Russell Johnson
Leroy “Tighe” King