From the reports I’ve read, it sounds like Governor Romney had a wonderful time and felt right at home:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned Thursday in Afton and blasted President Obama for acting like a “deer in headlights” in times of economic turmoil and for hampering the country’s financial recovery.
Romney, the first presidential candidate to visit Wyoming in this election cycle, delivered those political jabs to a crowd of roughly 400 people who squeezed into a conference room in the Afton Civic Center. The stop was part of a fundraising tour of western Wyoming that included a Thursday evening fundraiser at the west bank home of Jackson Hole residents Dick and Maggie Scarlett.
Romney, who won the Wyoming Republican caucus when he ran for president in 2008, said Obama has not done anything to help kickstart the economy and has only hindered recovery efforts. He pointed to healthcare legislation and new regulations on the banking industry as examples of Obama burdening business.
He repeatedly told the audience how much he loves the U.S.A., freedom, the Constitution and capitalism.
Romney recounted trips to Yellowstone National Park when he was growing up and a summer he spent working at his uncle’s ranch in King Hill, Idaho.
The crowd erupted in applause several times during Romney’s brief speech. Many people in attendance said they already supported the candidate — some even wore “I Stand with Mitt” T-shirts.“It’s great to have somebody who says they love America and wants to bring back freedom,” Afton resident Val Call said. “We haven’t had that for a while.”
Several residents said it spoke volumes about Romney that he decided to travel to Afton to speak to Star Valley residents.
“It’s a big treat for a little place,” said Dan Dockstader, a Republican state senator who represents Afton and Wilson.
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The Star Valley Independent added this:
Presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, made a stop in Star Valley on Thursday afternoon, addressing between 400-500 people in the Afton Civic Center. Romney, one of the current front-runners for the Republican nomination, appeared genuinely surprised and pleased at the large turnout on such short notice. “I try and get a room like this in New York and I can’t,” he laughed. “I don’t know why.”
Romney opened by thanking the packed room and reminiscing about his days of hauling hay on a ranch in Idaho.
► Jayde Wyatt