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Romney campaigns for Republican presidential nomination


December 28, 2011
LANCASTER — Traffic backed up on Main Street on Thursday despite the best efforts of Police Chief John Gardiner when former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and his wife Ann stopped to shake hands with locals and do some Christmas-shopping at Simon the Tanner: Your Family's Outfitter.

First the press bus and then the Romney campaign bus painted gaily with his name and three key words describing attributes — "Conservative; Businessman; and Leader" — reduced the roadway (Routes 2 and 3) to a single lane.

Numerous members of the national, regional, and local press who were covering all or part of Romney's three-day swing through New Hampshire were on hand to see how he fared as he tried to nail down a victory in the Jan. 10 first-in-the-nation primary in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.

U. S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, District 1 Executive Councilor Ray Burton, and state Sen. John Gallus of Berlin, all mainstream Republicans, were on hand to introduce Romney around.

Store manager John Brosseau welcomed the entourage to the downtown's anchor business, and once in the charming and well-stocked store, Ann Romney tried on a glistening white winter jacket that her husband joked was a Christmas gift that he knew would not be returned. Their oldest son, 41-year-old Taggart "Tagg" Romney joined his parents when they reached the county seat.

Later in front of Sonny Martin's Agway store on Route 3 north state Rep. Herb Richardson of Lancaster stood with Romney on a small platform to announce that he had decided to endorse the former Bay State governor. Former Gov. John Sununu, Burton, Gallus, and Ayotte all described their reasons for endorsing Romney.

Ayotte said that Romney continues to embrace America as the land of opportunity, free markets, and freedom as well as being i passionate about the private sector.

Romney said he would balance the budget and substantially trim spending, be fiscally responsible, and return the nation to fiscal sanity.

Looking at several young children in the crowd of 100 or so who came to see him, Romney pledged to leave the country so that their generation would not be burdened with trillions of dollars in debt and to support private enterprise and entrepreneurship so that they could realize the American dream.

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