Romney stumps for votes in Abingdon, Va.

Romney stumps for votes in Abingdon, Va.

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A large crowd gathered Friday to hear Mitt Romney speak. A large crowd gathered Friday to hear Mitt Romney speak.
"I'm going to cut out programs we don't absolutely have to have," Romney said Friday. "I'm going to cut out programs we don't absolutely have to have," Romney said Friday.
"I've got grandchildren. They will be paying for the rest of their lives for what's been done to this country," said Lester. "I've got grandchildren. They will be paying for the rest of their lives for what's been done to this country," said Lester.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

ABINGDON, Va. (WATE) - Coming off a strong performance at Wednesday night's debate, Mitt Romney tried to keep his momentum going by hitting the campaign trail Friday in Southwest Virginia.

Romney held a rally before a large crowd in Abingdon at Carter Machinery.

Thousands of people turned out to show their support for the Republican presidential candidate. 

Roscoe Lester, who in the past has registered as a Democrat, drove from Tennessee to attend the rally.  He voted for President Obama in 2008.

"All Obama says is ‘Give me four more years. I'm going to be working for you everyday.'," said Lester. "The last four years have been a total disaster. I don't want him working for me."

Lester is upset with the increasing national debt.

"This trillion dollar a year debt doesn't get it. I've got grandchildren. They will be paying for the rest of their lives for what's been done to this country," said Lester.

Lester fears soon there will be more people taking money from the government than working and paying into it.  He believes Romney is a businessman who can help create jobs.

"If you get enough people working, there will be more revenue coming into the government to help pay for that," said Lester.

Nancy Bryant is a Romney supporter and small-business owner.  She said that over the past four years her business costs have gone up, causing her to cut her staff from 17 to four.

"Our employees are our family. We want to be able to give them insurance and benefits and everything is getting cut back so much because we have to pay so much," said Bryant.

Bryant said she wants less regulation and no new taxes so she can expand her business.  That's something Romney agrees with.

"Yesterday the vice president blurted out the truth," said Romney. "He said in fact they do want to raise taxes a trillion dollars. Well I don't want to raise taxes on any Americans because I want to create good jobs in America."

At the rally Romney also explained his plan for job growth. He said using domestic energy resources like gas, oil, coal and nuclear, America will become energy independent and jobs will be created.  He also wants to cut federal spending, but not military spending.

"I'm going to cut out programs we don't absolutely have to have and I'm going to make sure some programs go back to the states where they can be run more efficiently," said Romney.

Romney said if the U.S. continues down the path of increasing the national debt, citizens will continue to pay the interest on it for years to come and America could end up like Europe. 

He said under President Obama that's the path the country is on.

"He would also take us down a path like Europe which means chronic high unemployment. They have high levels of unemployment and low wage growth and their countries are on the verge of fiscal collapse," said Romney.

After speaking in Abingdon, Romney flew to St. Petersburg, Fla., to begin a weekend of campaigning in that state.

President Obama also had a campaign stop in Virginia. He spoke in Fairfax at George Mason University.

The president will head to California where a fundraising concert is planned for Sunday in Los Angeles. Jon Bon Jovi, Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder are expected to attend.

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