Chris Hurst/WDBJ7 Web Staff
12:12 PM EDT, November 1, 2012
ROANOKE CO., Va.
The countdown to Election 2012 continued in Roanoke County on Thursday morning.
Governor Mitt Romney spoke to a large crowd inside Integrity Windows and Doors in Roanoke County, near Bonsack.
The speech was less of a stump speech to get his message out there and more of a pep rally.
He has to be feeling good about his chances to take Virginia. The latest polls show the gap is shrinking and the enthusiasm for Romney voters is growing.
The crowd was full of life Thursday morning. Last time at Carter Machinery, Romney staffers had to work hard to get reactions from the crowd.
On Thursday they were vocal from the very beginning and the highlight of the speech came when the Governor used a catchphrase for today only.
“There's no question in my view that we really can't have four more years like the last four years,” Romney told the crowd. “I know the Obama folks are chanting four more years, four more years. But our chant is this: Five more days. Five more days is our chant.”
The crowd then chanted "five more days" for a good 30 seconds.
His stop today in Roanoke County was one of three Virginia stops Thursday.
Romney talked about relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy for a couple of minutes.
Our hearts go out to the people who are suffering,” Romney said.
It's clear he's back in full campaign mode. He laid out his five point plan to the crowd.
Romney warmed up the crowd by saying “I have some very good friends in Roanoke.”
Romney also criticized Obama’s proposal to create a secretary of business.
“We don't need a secretary of business to understand business. We need a president who understands business, and I do,” Romney said.
The former Massachusetts governor also touted his jobs plan, saying he will create 12 million jobs.
"We have to champion small business," Romney said. "That's where jobs come from."
This is most likely his last big push in Virginia before election day.
U.S. Senate candidate George Allen is on stage now.
CEO Jake Martin just spoke.
Sixth District congressman Bob Goodlatte, ninth district congressman Morgan Griffith, state Senator Steve Newman and delegate Greg Habeeb have already spoken.
Supporters of presidential candidate Mitt Romney are filling the Integrity Windows and Doors plant in Roanoke County.
The Republican presidential nominee will speak to the crowd around 9:30 a.m.
WDBJ7 will broadcast Romney's speech. You can also watch it online by clicking here.
After the rally Thursday in Roanoke County, Romney is scheduled to attend another event in Virginia Beach on Thursday night.
To read more about the set up, click here.
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