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Mitt Romney's campaign message well received by Greencastle crowd

Democrats join Republicans at Lincoln Day event

April 22, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Pa. State Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, listens as Mitt Romney speaks Sunday at the Franklin County Republican Committee's Lincoln Day Dinner at Green Grove Gardens near Greencastle, Pa.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Susanne Cramer voted for Barack Obama in the last presidential election, but now that Obama has “succumbed to the politicians of Washington,” the Chambersburg, Pa., woman is looking for change.

Although Cramer is a Democrat, she wants Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the White House because she thinks Romney has the leadership needed to effectively lead the country.

“I think he’s his own man,” Cramer said.

Cramer was among the people charged up about Romney’s campaign after he was the main speaker at the Franklin County (Pa.) Republican Committee’s Lincoln Day Dinner Sunday night at Green Grove Gardens off Pa. 16.

Romney’s attacks on Obama’s health care program, and his claims that Obama has made a nonstop effort to raise taxes and to help labor were what the people in attendance were ready to hear.

“Everything he said is the truth,” said Richard Podolske of Chambersburg.

Podolske could understand Romney’s concern about a burgeoning national debt and said he is worried about U.S. service members serving up to five tours of duty.

“You know why? We don’t have any military left,” Podolske said.

Shirley DiMarco, who was sitting at a table with Cramer, said Romney understands the conditions that have put the country “in such a bad, bad way.”

DiMarco, also of Chambersburg, said she shares Romney’s worries about a growing national debt and DiMarco said she does not want the U.S. to become “another Greece.”

Guests at the dinner ate in a sprawling banquet hall and listened to other candidates for federal and state offices. The candidates and Romney spoke from a stage with a blue background and a large U.S. flag hanging behind the podium.

Although a Democrat, Sarah Schaeffer, 31, of Greencastle, was glad to be at the event.

Schaeffer said her mother, who was supposed to join her father at the dinner, wasn’t feeling well, so Schaeffer ended up going.

Despite being in a Republican environment, Schaeffer said she was excited to be at the event because it gave her a chance to be a more well-rounded voter.

When asked if she knew who she was going to vote for in the presidential election, Schaeffer said she was “still fishing.”

Schaeffer said she works as a substitute teacher in the Greencastle, Chambersburg, Tuscarora and Waynesboro school districts, and added that the work world looks dismal. She said she was anxious to hear what Romney had to say about America’s future.

Chris Ardinger, a member of the Tuscarora School Board, was at Sunday’s dinner and was supportive of Romney’s ideas for public education. Ardinger said he likes Romney’s belief that the U.S. Department of Education doesn’t need “oodles and oodles of money” to keep it going.

Warner James, a teacher at St. James School near Hagerstown, said he wanted to attend Sunday’s event because he enjoys the political process and experiences like those Sunday help him enrich the political economy class he teaches at St. James.

James said he used to live in Cape Cod, where he watched Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts.

“In some terms, this is coming full circle (for me). I like him a lot,” James said.

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