This event could hardly have gone any better. The Campaign provided a Paczki to attendees of today’s townhall which has a great touch. Today is fat Tuesday and Paczki’s are a super-fattening and wildly popular polish tradition here in Michigan. People love to indulge in one last snack before they give up sweets or try to lose weight between now and Easter.
A man from Canada asked a question about healthcare and how to care for mentally ill citizens, and during his question, he informed Gov. Romney that the man wouldn’t give Mitt his Canadian health care card. Mitt said with a smile, “I don’t want it.” to huge cheers.
There were a ton of great questions, no disturbances from protestors (perhaps due to the snow prior to the event), and a much bigger crowd than initially anticipated. Campaign generally like to keep townhall events under 250 people to create a bit of a more intimate setting. However, once this event was announced, the campaign was inundated with people wanting to RSVP. As you can see from the pictures, this event had to be greatly expanded to fit everyone in.
The man in the above picture is a 94-year-old veteran of World War II who told a story about George Romney tossing apples up into the crowd at Michigan football games while he was Governor here in Michigan. I thought it was appropriate that Mitt was providing the townhall guests each with a paczki on the day this wonderful veteran (and retired Chrysler worker) reminisced about Mitt’s father George.
The final question was by a woman who said she came into the event undecided and that she was very impressed by the event even though she had attended a Santorum event last week. She said her mind was almost made up to support Mitt, but that she had just one last question. The question was about abortion and gay-marriage and Mitt hit it out of the park.
As full video of the event surfaces, we’ll post it here.
UPDATE: Here is the video link: http://electad.com/videos/mitt-romney-town-hall-at-eagle-manufacturing-shelby-township-michigan-february-21-2012/