ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Governor Mitt Romney pounded President Barack Obama's record on the nation's economic troubles during a speech in St. Louis County Thursday.
"For three and a half years President Obama has expanded government instead of empowering the American people," Romney told a public audience of more than 400. The president's economic policies have failed he said.
Romney spoke at a minority owned defense contractor company, Production Products in North St. Louis County. One of the owners, Barry Corona welcomed Romney's promise to bring more certainty to the nation's business climate.
Romney warned "America is on the cusp of having a government run economy." The former Massachusetts governor said he would issue an Obama care waiver to all fifty states and begin the process of repealing the controversial health care law.
"President Obama trusts the wisdom of government," Romney told the crowd. "I put my trust in the ingenuity and creativity and commitment to hard work of the American people."
One man came to listen, admitting he was lukewarm over the Romney candidacy. But he came away from the event deciding the former governor was a "sincere guy" who could motivate people. " Right now everybody's just upset and angry, and I'm very, very concerned about the direction of our country right now."
Another member of the audience said "He was not my first choice when all the Republican people were there but he certainly won me over soon." She pointed to his business experience and his faith as assets.
One supporter said she saw stark differences between the ideologies of Romney and President Obama. She wants a balanced budget. "It's time to start paying attention. We're damaging the future of our children and grandchildren. They are not going to be able to survive this if we keep going in this direction."
Thursday night Romney attended a private campaign fund raiser in Clayton. Some 300 attended the event contributing anywhere from $2500 to fifth thousand dollars to meet the prospective nominee.
He was to spend the night in town before traveling to Iowa and Utah on Friday.
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