Reno, Nevada (CNN) - Mitt Romney made an appeal to struggling families at his second Nevada rally in as many days, telling voters he understood their troubles and could help.
The candidate's retooled stump speech, featuring a series of empathetic stories about down-on-their-luck Americans – a senior on Medicare, a daughter working to pay off her college loans, a middle-aged homeowner whose property lost value - came as the GOP presidential nominee sought to capitalize on a surge in the polls this month that has fueled new optimism about his election effort.
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"This election [is] about your family and families across this country, and the choice we make will have an enormous impact on your family,"
Romney told an audience of roughly 2,500 people Wednesday in Reno – a smaller audience than the candidate had drawn at several joint rallies with his running mate Paul Ryan over the past week. "And I understand what it's going to take to get this country strong again and to provide the answers that your families need."
Romney's stop in Nevada underlined his renewed confidence following a series of debates with the president this month.
"We've had four debates and he hasn't been able to describe what his plan is to get this economy going," Romney said at a Reno events center across the state from where he spoke a day earlier. "You can boil what he's saying down to four simple words, and that is: 'more of the same.'"
President Obama enjoys support from Latinos and unions in Nevada, and has generally edged ahead of Romney in polls. But with two stops in two days and polls that show the race here is tightening, the Romney campaign is forcing Obama to defend a state he easily won in 2008.
The president will rally supporters in Las Vegas Wednesday night.
Hours in advance of that visit, Romney tied Obama to the housing crisis that has hit Nevada particularly hard.
"If he's re-elected I'm convinced you're going to see the values of your homes continue to bump along in the basement," Romney told supporters.
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Mitt is a flip flipper, every time time he states an untruth about Obama/ Biden reverse it and you get the truth!
For those supporting Romney and Rand I ask why?? he disdains the 47%! He is against the working middle-class who are seeing
improvement and don't want to return to the Bush economic policies that
had us all on the brink of a Depression! Against our returning veterans whom
he and the Republicans consistently vote NOT to help upon their return! Women- not
even sure if I can go there- wants to take away choice rights and force raped women to carry the pregnancy to full term. RAPE is a crime, what doesn't R. understand about this? To the
elderly he wants to gut their medicaid and turn into a voucher
systems that only helps raise the profits for the insurance companies!
For children who have per-existing conditions who would have not gotten
help without the Affordable heath care act- he wants to eliminate this and who knows what else! A weary world who fears this
man will have us in another war in a world that he barely understands!
Our allies whom overwhelmingly (90%) do not want Romney to win! He flips he flops, he says anything to anyone, about anything to get elected! Trusted and proven leadership is what we need. I have more then
enough optimism for President Obama 2012!
ROBME the robot had an empathy chip implanted recently, programmed with antecdotes about how he cares for poor people. What a reTOOL this guy is! My vote will go to the guys who have consistently shown by their words and actions that they care about the middle class and the poor. OBAMA/BIDEN/STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC TICKET FOR CONGRESS.
"You can boil what he's saying down to four simple words, and that is: 'more of the same.'"
Wow, does this guy have ANY original material?
I'd gladly repay you tomorrow for a hamburger today. The check's in the mail. Have I got a deal for you.
in what ways are you going to help families ,,that arent as rich as your self and other government officials,,,are you going to investigate and put an end to all the government corruption,,in state and federal,,are you really for the families and the children of our future,,,,how are you going to help us,,,where is THE UNITED ,in the STATES OF AMERICA,,,,,because to each they own ,,nobody cares about nobody else,,,,are you and your staff going to investigate our complaints that we have for you here in the UNITED STATES,,,it seems we are only heard long enough to get your vote and for you to get our dollars,,,,
what are you going to promise that is so different from any other president elects promise,