Spirited Crowd Cheers on Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney

Greenville crowd was probably one of Romney's best stops in the Upstate

Cheering before he even hit the stage, this crowd was fired up.

"President Romney! President Romney!"

"We want Mitt, We want Mitt!"

People stood shoulder-to-shoulder and packed in as tightly and as closely as they could to the stage.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley didn't have to worry about warming the crowd up for Mitt Romney. They were ready.

Members of the crowd cheered and the yelled their support for the former Massachusetts governor, even when Haley stumbled in her speech calling him Barack Obama.

"This current president wants to weaken our military and President Obama wants to strengthen our military and will never apologize for it," Haley said. It was then she realized she had said the wrong name.

"Oh, no. McCain did that two weeks ago, and, I just turned 40 today," she said.

The crowd, who had booed and cheered, during Haley's remarks, forgave the mistake easily singing, "Happy Birthday," to the state's first female governor.

"Let's make this clear, President Romney will take care of our military," she said.

Also joining Romney on the stage were his wife, Ann, and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

McDonnell the leader of the Republican Governor's Association, who had endorsed Romney earlier in the day, came to the state as Romney was making his last push through to garner support from voters.

Cheers erupted from folks from the Commonwealth of Virginia as their governor was introduced.

"The best leader for America is the person I'm endorsing for president, Mitt Romney," McDonnell said to the cheering crowd. "I think there's a 100 people here from Virginia, too."

McDonnell continued his comments talking about how Washington needs new leadership.

"We've got a surplus of debt and a deficit of results," McDonnell said.

By the time Romney delivered his 15-minute speech with more fire and passion than had been seen at earlier events in the Upstate, the crowd was ready to vote right then.

Among them college students from Southern Virginia University.

Paige Cason and Micah Safsten traveled to South Carolina to stump for Romney. Cason, who is from Clover, S.C., said that last week the group decided to get on the road and get the word out about Romney.

"We are in support of Mitt and we want to see him win," Cason said. "We went campaigning in neighborhoods in Greenville today, knocking on doors and reminding people to vote."

Safsten said the two of them together hit about 70 houses and asked the residents to go vote.

"College students need to understand what's being said," Safsten said. "And what they need take out of all of this, from each of the candidates and not just support the ideological views of their school or their parents, but to develop their own ideas.

Jennie and Todd Sibley came out with their four children in tow. They wanted to hear Romney talk just one more time before they cast their votes on Saturday.

Jennie Sibley said that she thought that Romney was the best option out there for her family.

"He has the likeablity, he supports our values, and because of his private sector experience, he has good, solid ideas," she said.

The couple had supported Romney's bid for president in 2008, even though Todd Sibley jokingly said he was voting for Ron Paul on Saturday. He said that he had been looking at each of the candidates, but that this was his second Romney event.

"His private sector experience," Todd Sibley said, when asked what it was about Romney that made him support him. "He has a plan to lead us out of the recession."

And looking at his four children standing around, Sibley said he wanted someone who was going to protect their futures.

"We can't wait for him to win and to be our next president," said Natalie Smith.

Smith who had come to the event with her husband and two children, was excited to have a campaign poster signed by Romney.

"I like his policies," Smith said. "I like that he wants to get rid of Obamacare and bring this country back around, and reduce the debt, and make this country a better place to live."

Smith said that she had supported Romney before and she was happy to do it again.

trusgold January 21, 2012 at 08:40 AM
For anyone to believe the Newt, with all the skeltons in his closet, can beat Obama is a pure delusion! Mitt has so many dark secrets and an Obama campaign will find each and everyone. There is no doubt in my mind he is a flawed candidate. he wins I win...Obabma 2012!
trusgold January 21, 2012 at 08:41 AM
typo...I meant Newt has so many dark secrest..as Perry would say oops
dr j 69 January 21, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Tom Chambless January 21, 2012 at 04:02 PM
"This current president wants to weaken our military and President Obama wants to strengthen our military and will never apologize for it," Haley said. Freudian slip. Of course Obama wants to maintain a strong but leaner military. The Pentagon agrees. We could cut our defense spending in half and still spend more on the military than all the industrialized nations combined.
Tonto January 21, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Yes we can. Then funnel the money to his voter base of unions and bankrupt liberal states and cities so they can steal more tax money. Raise taxes and gut the military. Two basic liberal philosopies. Oblamer blames on :(
Gerald Eu January 21, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Tonto, Bush/Cheney with Halliburton funneling at its finest!!
Tonto January 21, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Oblamer blames on. Of course the fault is all Bush/Cheney, evil rich, evil corporations, evil military, and above all the evil USA :) Gerald a good communist?
Rick P January 21, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Good grief, Tonto, you do realize that blue states receive less from the government than they give and the exact opposite is true for red states?
Rick P January 21, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Tonto, typical rightest response. If you don't agree with Tonto, you must be a communist. Heil, Tonto!
Albert Ngoytz January 21, 2012 at 05:46 PM
In giving speeches, nobody does like Baraka Obama. No buck-age,. No oops. Baraka wins, we win with him. Looking ahead for four more years.
Tonto January 21, 2012 at 05:47 PM
if it walks like a.......talks like a............looks like a.........it is a communist. Ain't got nuttin ta do with lefties or righties its just reality now please talk down at me for my spellin errors masta :)
Nadjia January 21, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Ther is no doubt in my mind too that Obama will beat each and every candidates. The hatred they have for him push them to the extreme and they don't even bother look at his accomplishments. Besides the obstruction Obama achieve a lot. When Romney say that Obama doesn't have any job plan is just ridiculous and plain false.
Nadjia January 21, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Obama/Biden 2012
Albert Ngoytz January 21, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Angry right have no issue to run on. President Obama has made this great nation of ours safer than any other time. The fear mongering we had after 9/11 from the right is no more.
Nadjia January 21, 2012 at 05:53 PM
We all know that Rep have always been strong on defense, and Obama is just doing the right thing not weakening our defense at all. Can they give him some credit for anything? No . They are wrong and they will be surprised in 2012
Diogenes January 21, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Oh, dear Tonto, do you know what your name means in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese? Explains a lotl
Diogenes January 21, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Why does not Nimrata Randhawa use her real name?
baci302 January 21, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Tonto January 21, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I love it when liberal sheep call me stupid :) I speak English though like a real American. Not some liberal whining USA hating european failed socialist-communist lover. Oh wait. let me messpell somthin so you can really get aroused :)
Zuma Bound January 21, 2012 at 07:02 PM
@ Tonto I imagine that people began calling you stupid long before labels like liberal or conservative had any relevance to you. You're an ass, homeboy, pure and simple, with an [un]healthy dose of stupidity thrown in. Arrogance AND stupidity are a very dangerous combination, Tonto. You should really stop wearing both on your sleeve like badges of honor. It just reinforces the whole "Tonto is stupid" thing. Anyway, Tonto, calling liberals "communists" doesn't make you any less stupid, so, the wild inaccuracy of doing so notwithstanding, why bother? It just causes laughter amongst the liberals/progressives "gathered" here, rather than consternation. Need a dictionary yet, my intellectually challenged wingnut brother? (*laughter*) (*cough* / douchebag / *cough) Anyway, Tonto, thanks for providing an ongoing example of the "quality" of the wingnut mind and mindset. If only you realized that you hurt your "teams far more than you could ever hope to help it. "Good night, Gracie". [Yeahhhh, Tonto, I know. You won't get THAT reference, either. It's cool. I get it. You're stupid.]
Nadjia January 21, 2012 at 09:13 PM
You are absolutely right Albert. World is respecting us once again. Obama's vision is the only one that will take us to peace
Nadjia January 21, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Thanks for the laugh Zuma. This Tonto is really wingnut mind as you said it .
Nadjia January 21, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Newt is the dirty and discusting candidate that knows how to screw women. He might be the nominee for the right wing. Tell you a lot !!!
Nadjia January 21, 2012 at 09:40 PM
They can't stand the fact that Obama is doing the right thing even in the defense . The Freudian slip says a lot
Nadjia January 21, 2012 at 09:43 PM
What does Tonto means in Spanish Diogenes? He likes it when liberals call him stupid. Ha, Ha, Ha
Mimi January 21, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Pay no attention to this Tonto his only mission is to find someone to give him attention, Just like the Newster who will say anything to get people to talk to him. Tonto is not interested in facts because he would have to agree with the Majority of Americans and he would have nothing to argue about. He is a racist, neo-con who lacks even the slightest intellectual curiosity to make even the most basic of descissions. Disregard this lunatic nothing to see here folks.
Tonto January 21, 2012 at 11:01 PM
OH, pardon me. Lets call you something nice and pretty. Lets see....... how about socialist.......oh yes.......that sounds so nice :) Lets model ourselves after the european new and improved communists :( Thats working out very intellecually marvelous LA LA BAH BAH Oblamer blames on.


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