By Kristin Bednarski
Josh Romney, son of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, made a stop in Batavia Oct. 11 to talk with residents about his father as part of the Commit to Mitt Early Vote Express bus tour.
Romney stopped at the Clermont County Republican Headquarters where he spoke with local residents and thanked early voters for their support.
“I feel like I can give a different perspective of my dad,” Romney said about his visit.
Romney told those in attendance that his dad recognizes that there are a lot of things that need to change in America, and he talked about a few, including the economy, unemployment and national security.
Romney said his family has been able to travel all over the United States during the campaign, and everywhere they visit they have heard the same concerns from citizens.
“People are worried about the economy,” Romney said.
He said the country can’t continue on the same path.
“My dad has a plan,” Romney said. “My dad recognizes that America’s greatness comes from people and not our government.”
Romney said he has enjoyed getting to meet people from different states and towns while supporting his father.
“I’m beginning to appreciate what a great country it is and get a chance to see how great people are,” Romney said.
Romney also discussed foreign policy with residents after talking with Bonnie Warman and Jessica Wood, who have multiple family members serving in the military.
“My dad wants to make sure we have a military so strong no one can ever touch it,” Romney said. “And a foreign policy that is clear.”
Warman and Wood said they wanted to come meet Josh Romney because they support his father.
“I am a supporter,” Warman said. “I want them to know we’re behind them.”
Wood said she feels like the country is teetering and is hoping Romney can restore some of the traditional American values.
Deborah Davis brought her daughter Hannah Davis, 11, to meet Josh Romney and used the event as an educational experience.
“I liked it,” Hannah Davis said about listening to Josh Romney speak.
Romney thanked early voters for their support while he was in Clermont County and said those who have already voted can now encourage others to vote.
Romney also stopped in Adams, Brown, Butler, Pike and Ross counties during the bus tour and ended the day with a debate party at Miami University in Ohio.
Romney said Ohio is an important state right now.
Just days after his visit, Mitt Romney stopped in Lebanon, Ohio to talk with voters. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was in also in Ohio in Cincinnati Oct. 15, and President Barack Obama is also scheduled to speak at Ohio University Oct. 17.