YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (KDKA) — With flags flying in blustery winds outside, Mitt Romney addressed a crowd of supporters at a Youngstown manufacturing plant, ignoring his primary opponents and focusing directly on President Obama.
“This is a failed presidency. He’s a nice guy, but he’s in over his head. We need to have a president who understands the economy if we’re going to fix the economy,” Romney told a crowd of supporters inside
Outside the plant, a few Obama supporters objected. “Four more years, four more years,” they chanted as Romney supporters walked by.
While a couple Romney supporters had an effigy of Obama outside, Romney repeated his theme inside.
“This man is out of ideas. And he’s out of excuses. And so in 2012 he’ll be out of office,” he told a cheering audience.
When asked a supporter asked about the future of Social Security, Romney said nothing would happen to current retirees but he pushed his plan to raise the retirement age to 69 for younger workers.
“On Social Security, I would slowly raise the retirement age, starting I think in 2022, and I’d raise it about a month per year until you’ve added two years to the retirement in Social Security.”
Denise Lone, a transplant from Pittsburgh to Youngstown, said while she loved Rick Santorum, she was voting Romney.
“I want who is going to beat Obama right now and I think Mitt Romney has a better chance,” she told KDKA Political Editor Jon Delano.
Ten states and 437 delegates are at stake on Super Tuesday.
While one candidate may do better than the others, none of them is going to lock up the nomination quite yet.
That means that Republicans in Pennsylvania might still have a chance to choose the Republican nominee when they vote on April 24th.