WADSWORTH: Waiting for Ann Romney to arrive Thursday afternoon, campaign aides had to make their way through a growing throng of supporters in a Medina County storefront.
Meanwhile, other volunteers worked the telephones while stumping for votes for her husband, Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee.
Ann Romney’s visit to the Republican Party’s headquarters in the city’s north end was to rally the party faithful to connect with voters such as Patrick O’Neill, who owns O’Neill’s Insurance, a downtown Wadsworth business with 17 employees.
Standing near the headquarters’ back door, O’Neill said he supports Mitt Romney because he thinks he is “good for small business.”
Ann Romney touched briefly on one of O’Neill’s main concerns: the weak economy.
She reminded supporters who filled the room of her husband’s frequent campaign message that Obama’s deficit spending is damaging and it saddles future generations with debt they won’t be able to pay.
“We’re heading in the wrong direction,” she told the party faithful.
Her bus arrived around 4 p.m. after making other stops in Ohio, a battleground state in the race for the White House.
Outside campaign headquarters, she briefly stopped to shake hands with supporters.
Inside, volunteer Amy Shank, who lives nearby, sat with her daughters, Gigi, 4, and Isabella, 6, whose artwork adorned the storefront windows.
“I make phone calls and they decorate,” said Shank, while top Medina County Republican party dignitaries moved about.
Lafayette Township Board of Trustees President Lynda Bowers, who describes herself as “a capital C” conservative Republican, traveled with the Romney campaign.
“I’m the luckiest little girl I know to be alive to do this,” she said.
Party dignitaries at the appearance included Medina County Commissioner Patricia Geissman, Sheriff Neil Hassinger, Wadsworth Mayor Robin Laubaugh, first-term Rep. James Renacci, R-Wadsworth, and Wadsworth Law Director Norman Brague.
Ann Romney was on a two-day bus tour through Ohio with other stops in Strongsville and Cincinnati.
She drew a loud, enthusiastic applause from the crowd of perhaps 100 when she said that President George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove on Thursday morning called the election for her husband.
“We know it’s close,” she said.
This will not be the only stop in Wadsworth by a top Republican before Tuesday’s election. On Sunday, the campaign headquarters will be toured by House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester. His visit is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.