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romney in iowa Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in Bettendorf, Iowa, on August 22. (Photo: AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Election 2012: A Stop in Iowa Before the Convention

Romney campaigns in Midwest before heading to Tampa

By Adam Metivier | null null , null
Kid Reporter Adam Metivier interviews Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney after Romney's campaign event in Bettendorf, Iowa, on August 22. (Photo courtesy Adam Metivier)<br />
Kid Reporter Adam Metivier interviews Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney after Romney's campaign event in Bettendorf, Iowa, on August 22. (Photo courtesy Adam Metivier)

BETTENDORF, Iowa — With only days to go until the Republican National Convention, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke to voters in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Romney made the campaign stop on Wednesday, a week after President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met voters in nearby Davenport. He delivered his his remarks at LeClaire Manufacturing, a small family-run business that started with eight people and now employs 160 people.

Romney said the company built its business without help from the government. This was a reference to a remark that President Obama made in a speech last month.

"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help," Obama said at a campaign event on July 13. "There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business — you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

In his speech at LeClaire Manufacturing, Romney compared Obama's statement with giving credit to the bus driver for a student succeeding in school.

"If a young person works his heart out to study to make the honor roll, and study, and study, and are able to do that we say congratulations to them," Romney said. "And we know to get to school they had to drive in a bus. We don't congratulate the bus driver for them getting the honor role, we give the honor to the kid that achieved it through their own hard work."

Ame McAdams brought her kids Galen and Clara to the event. She was excited to see Romney and be part of history with her children.

"Who I vote for today is going to make a difference to them," McAdams said.

She also used the campaign stop as a lesson in how running for office works. "[My kids are] here to learn all what it's about to run for President for educational experience, but I also want them to hear that Conservative values are important to our family, and getting behind the right candidate makes a difference in their future."

Scott Kulhanek and his fifth-grade son Tyler say they have been looking forward to the visit.

"I'm here to support Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republican candidates," Kulhanek said. He wanted to hear Romney's plans for winning the election and "governing when he does win."

After the public event, I asked Romney why kids should care who the President is.

"They should care because they shouldn't have to pay the debt later on in their lives," Romney said.

I also wondered if he thought Democrats and Republicans can work together to solve the nation's problems.

"They can and they have," Romney said. "In the state I came from, my legislature was almost all Democrats — 87 percent. We worked together a lot. We got a lot done. It takes a leader that knows how to work with people in the other party."


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