Romney Supporters Ready to Give Obama the 'Cold' Shoulder
Thousands brave near-freezing temperatures, line up around Verizon Wireless Arena to rally for Mitt on eve of election.
MANCHESTER – Stuart Bentall was hoping for change when Barack Obama was elected president four years ago.
"People were fed up. People in the state of New Hampshire wanted change. I was one of the people who wanted change," he said. "I think you get to a breaking point where you want to believe. I think a lot of people got sucked into believing."
But Bentall – a Brookline resident who waited in a line that was double-wrapped around Manchester's Verizon Wireless Arena – said he has experienced nothing but disappointment the last four years, and he believes when the votes are tabulated Tuesday night, the result will reflect that the majority of New Hampshire and the country has experienced a similar letdown.
"This country needs jobs. We need a strong economy. I haven't seen that happening," said Bentall, who works in pharmaceuticals. "I work in an industry that is usually pretty steady, and for the first time in 22 years I am nervous about my job, and I feel sorry for all the people who have already lost their jobs."
There are others, still, who insist Obama has turned the economy around and is saving, and creating jobs.
Bob King, president of the United Autoworkers Union, was in New Hampshire today to rally Democrats behind the president.
"I'm here because I want people to realize the difference in leadership, the difference in quality of leadership between President Obama and Governor Romney," he said. "President Obama did the right thing when the polls said people were not in favor of the rescue of the auto industry. He knew it impacted a million jobs. He knew it could push us into a depression and he did the right thing.
"Governor Romney has flip-flopped all over the place," King continued. "One time he says 'Let Detroit go bankrupt,' the next he's saying President Obama followed his script."
King said the only area he thinks Obama could have improved in the last four years was working with the Republicans, though he believes the president was stonewalled by partisan politics.
Romney, on the other hand, failed to take a bipartisan approach to politics in Massachusetts, he added.
Susan Kordish of Tyngsborough, Mass., disagrees.
As a Bay State resident, she said she was impressed with Romney's leadership skills and ability to reach across the aisle.
Kordish said she's also offended by the Obama campaign's use of the "War on Women" to create divisiveness among members of her sex.
"Personally I'm just an old-fashioned, traditional mom and woman. I have a special-needs child, and I have very strong Catholic beliefs and even though he's not Catholic, I still think he has the same beliefs I believe in ... I don't think Obama is traditional at all."
Steve Johnson, a Londonderry resident, said the economy is Romney's strength and the factor that will ultimately earn him a victory, but Johnson said he believes the manner in which the candidates approach foreign policy is equally important
"I think, in general, (Mitt Romney) has a very good perspective on world affairs and not such an extreme approach ... he is much more grounded and has a much better thought process," said Johnson. "I don't really care for the way President Obama carries himself overseas, Benghazi being one of the issues, and that goes into his perspective on security there as well as the way he reacted after the fact.
"He's got this policy that we should appease (radical) Muslims," Johnson added, "and I don't agree with that. I think what we should do is show strength."
Following the election eve rally, Romney is scheduled to head south to Massachusetts to vote in his hometown of Belmont. The Romney-Ryan campaign announced Romney would then fly out for campaign stops in Pennsylvania and Ohio, before jetting back to Boston for his election night party.