With the crowd chanting “Two more days,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took the stage at Hy-Vee Hall to address more than 4,000 supporters Sunday morning in Des Moines.
Romney, making his final campaign stop in Des Moines before the election on Tuesday, urged supporters to rally together, and get out the vote in the waning days of the campaign.
The former Massachusetts governor -- who is 5 percentage points behind President Obama in today's Des Moines Register Iowa Poll -- told the crowd that once he takes office, he’ll work hard to get America’s economy rolling again, something he claimed President Obama has failed to during his term in office.
“I’m not just going to take office in January, I’m going to take responsibility for the office,” Romney said, to thunderous applause.
Romney’s message of accountability resonated with many supporters, including first-time voter Alex Dandy of Urbandale, who said he planned to vote for Romney because he believes Romney “has a plan to get back on track.”
Dandy, a student at Drake University, said he’s disillusioned with Obama’s message of hope and change, saying voters haven’t gotten what they asked for.
“The country wasn’t going in the right direction,” Dandy said.
In a 25-minute speech Romney said that while Obama had promised change, he hadn’t been able to deliver. By focusing on his five-point plan, Romney said he’s got a plan to put America back to work.
“The president said more government is the answer. No, more jobs is the answer,” said Romney.
He may face an uphill battle in Iowa, believed to be one of the key battleground states in the presidential election. The Register's poll shows Obama ahead 47 percent to 42 percent with only two days to go. Still at stake are the state’s undecided voters, with 7 percent telling the Register they could still change their minds before the election.
Both presidential candidates were in Dubuque at separate events on Saturday to rally voters. And the night for Obama's final campaign rally event.
Republican officials are working hard to sway remaining undecided voters. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, addressing the crowd at Hy-Vee Hall, urged Romney supporters to get out in the next two days in a final push.
“Help us deliver Iowa,” Branstad said. “[Obama’s] coming to Des Moines tomorrow to end his campaign, and that’s right where we’re going to end it, in Iowa.”
Waukee resident Helene Rogers, a nurse, said she’s backing Romney because her experience in the health-care industry has convinced her that Obamacare isn’t right for America.
Like Dandy, Rogers also believes a win for Romney would jumpstart the economy, and convince businesses to invest in America. Rogers said she wasn’t impressed by Obama’s plan for the economy, which she feels is the same plan from the last four years.
“[Romney] actually has a plan,” Rogers said. “With him doing what he’s promised I think the economy would start to turn around.”