Romney wows supporters in Janesville
JANESVILLE--Mitt Romney wowed a crowd of hundreds inside the Monterey Mills factory Monday morning, saying he is the candidate who can set America back on a course to freedom, jobs and balancing the budget.
The presumed Republican candidate for president wrapped up his speech shortly after 10 a.m. and was scheduled to continue on his bus tour to Iowa. Janesville was expected to be his only Wisconsin stop.
Janesville product Rep. Paul Ryan was among those warming up the crowd, which was cheerful and supportive despite the hot, sticky air inside the factory. No hecklers were noted.
Also speaking before Romney took the stage were Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ron Johnson, Monterey Mills President Dan Sinykin and Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Romney did not mention speculation that has risen again in recent days about Ryan joining him as the vice presidential candidate. Dan Sinykin, president and CEO of Monterey Mills, did allude to the possibility, eliciting appreciative response from the crowd.
About 60 protesters outside the event were boisterous in their opposition to policies espoused by Ryan, Walker and Romney. The protest was peaceful.