Five days and six states later Mitt Romney wrapped up his Battleground state bus tour in the state where he was born:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney capped a tour of six swing states along the Lake Michigan shoreline Tuesday night, saying this is a “defining time” for the country. “This president attacks economic freedom. He tries to substitute government for freedom,” the Michigan native told a crowd of 1,500 at the Holland State Park, in the heart of a strongly GOP county. “It will not work to get our economy strong. … I’ll get us strong again.” Romney said the economic recovery is weak and too slow – the slowest since the early 1930s – and said the Democratic president’s policies are to blame.
Romney took aim at Obama’s signature legislative achievement — the federal health care law, one that was based in part on legislation Romney signed when he was governor of Massachusetts. “I’ll take out that big cloud that’s been hanging over small business. We’re going to get rid of Obamacare and return to personal responsibility,” drawing large applause from the crowd. “By the way, that doesn’t just mean that people are going to be off on their own. … We’re also going to make certain the insurance companies have to give people a fair deal.” That means people with pre-existing conditions should not be denied coverage if they get sick or change jobs. Those protections are in the current law signed by Obama. After the speech ended, Romney shook hands and eventually walked with his wife Ann down to the water. They stepped in and enjoyed a walk back to the campaign bus.