“We want certainty that believes in and will support American values and ideals, and I do and I will get that done,” Romney said.
The president, he said, is using a European approach to dealing with America's sputtering economy.
“I don't think Europe is working in Europe,” he said. “I sure as heck don't think it will work here. I believe in America.”
Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins was among about 75 demonstrators who protested Romney's appearance, which was across the street from state Democratic Party headquarters.
“We already knew that Governor Mitt Romney has a dismal jobs record, with Massachusetts finishing 47th out of 50 in job creation under his watch,” Collins said in a statement. “But during this week's Republican debate in Las Vegas, we got a glimpse into how Romney tells right apart from wrong. He didn't object to having undocumented workers working for him because it's illegal — he objected because he thought it would hurt his political career.”
During the debate, an issue brought up during Romney's 2008 campaign — that he had hired a contractor that employed undocumented workers to work on his lawn — resurfaced. Romney fired the company when he found out about the undocumented workers
Before Romney's public appearance, Collins led demonstrators with the chant, “We want Romney care!” as Republicans arrived.
“We want Mitt Romney to know that if it's good enough for Massachusetts, it's good enough for the United States,” Collins said.
Romney has pledged to repeal the federal health care law, which was pushed by Obama and is similar to the one Romney signed into law in Massachusetts in 2006. Romney has said he would allow states to develop their own plans.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Romney made more visits to Oklahoma as a candidate than any other Republican.
Bill Price, a former Oklahoma delegate to the Republican National Convention and GOP gubernatorial candidate, said he's supporting Romney because he's experienced and articulate.
“He's the only guy that can beat Obama,” Price said.
Romney will do much better in Oklahoma's presidential preferential primary in March, he said.
“They know him better and the field has changed,” Price said.
Greg Moyer, of Broken Arrow, said he is undecided. He's watched the GOP presidential debates and he thought Friday's appearance by Romney would be an excellent chance to observe a candidate in person. His son, Johnny, 23, of Moore, attended with him.
“He's probably the closest one on top of the ladder for me,” Moyer said. “It's just great to come with my son just to see what could be the next president of the United States.”
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