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Romney Serves Up Pancakes During Georgia Campaign Stop

With Super Tuesday just two days away, Mitt Romney visited a Gwinnett County high school for a bit of campaigning and breakfast.

In a last-minute effort to sway Georgia voters and get a share of the state's 76 delegates, Mitt Romney hosted a pancake breakfast at Brookwood High School Sunday morning.

One campaign volunteer said about 1,500 people signed up after the pancake breakfast was announced Saturday. However, closer to 2,000 people showed up according to the fire marshal and some 500 people were forced to stand outside in the cold. No pancakes for them, but speakers were set up so they could hear what was going on inside.

Romney, along with his wife, Ann, and other political supporters such as Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, spoke before a highly energetic crowd. At times, supporters chanted, "Mitt! Mitt! Mitt! Mitt!"

"It's been such a thrill for us to go across the country," Romney said as he began his speech on Sunday. "I didn't imagine I'd be doing what I'm doing. This was not what we expected in our life."

Still, Romney said that opportunities afforded him the chance to steer the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah; to become governor of Massachusettes that same year, and now the chance to run for president.

"I'm concerned about the country, and one thing I know: We've got to get Barack Obama out of the White House," he added.

A year or so ago, when the Romneys were deciding whether to jump into the race, Ann Romney said it did take a little convincing on her part when her husband wasn't so sure.

"I just said, 'Talk to the hand. I'm not going to hear it. I'm not going to hear it,'" she recalled, "'because, guess what? You're the one that knows how to fix it. You're the only one that can fix, it, and you have no option. You're going to run.'"

Supporters in Gwinnett County seemed to agree. Young and old alike, some of them racing drectly over from church, came to hear Romney. 

Jeannie Posner, 49, was one of the lucky ones to secure a spot right up in front. The Sandy Springs bridal store owner came with her son, Nathan, to support their favorite candidate. 

"As a business owner and as someone who has a child who's looking for the future of the country, I'm looking for Mitt to make the changes we need," she said. "We need to put Americans back to work, and that's what it's all about. And, I think Mitt truly understands that it is about the economy.

"And, yes, we are going to have to come up with some way of making health care affordable, 'cause as a business owner, it's not. But, mandating what they've done with Obamacare is not the answer."

For Claudia Liliana Escamilla, 44, Romney represents iron-clad work ethic and solid family values -- things she remembers from home in El Salvador. Super Tuesday will be the first time she is able to vote in America, and so far, Romney has her vote.

"It's exciting," said the Lawrenceville resident, who came with her husband and daughter. "I like him."

Her husband, Efrain, said Romney is the confident leader that America needs. His plan for the country -- which includes reducing taxes and government spending while increasing trade and energy production -- is a "much better" program for getting out of America's problems, he said.

"I consider it a steadier hand," he said. "A hand that's not going to necessarily rock the boat, but will affect change. Right now, there are things that are tenuous, and too much radical change is just as much of a problem as no change at all, in my mind."

In addition, Romney has a business background that resonates with his own. Over the years, the Escamillas said their family has had to work hard to make the American dream a reality.

"We are disconnected," Escamilla added."Our politicians no longer understand really the plights of everybody here. They're isolated. They live in this cocoon in Washington, and they don't really understand what it takes for someone like me to succeed, and what other people go through."

Just like the Escamillas, Suwanee residents Michelle and Mark Baumgart brought their three children to Romney's pancake party. Michelle home-schools her children, and coming to Romney's Georgia stop turned out to be the perfect social studies lesson.

They all left feeling enthused.

Her son, Preston, 11, even got to shake Romney's hand and received an autograph on his campaign poster. He likes Romney for president and Ron Paul for vice president.

A plate full of pancakes, his brother, 13-year-old Carter chimed in and said, quite simply, "He seems like a respectable guy."

Brian Crawford March 05, 2012 at 12:05 AM
It's hard not to like someone who tells you exactly what you want to hear, until you realize they can change their position at the drop of a hat. I think Jon Huntsman said it best when he described Mitt as a perfectly lubricated weather vane. If you want to know where he stands you have to know which way the wind is blowing on any given day.
Floyd Akridge March 05, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Jon Huntsman...now there's someone I run to for political advice.
Diane March 05, 2012 at 01:53 AM
It was a lovely,crowded event. Great enthusiatic crowd. Ann Romney was great. Mitt is the best, most qualified candidate with moral character (unlike Gingrich).
Brian Crawford March 05, 2012 at 07:44 AM
Perhaps you should have. A solid conservative, Huntsman was the only GOP candidate that had any chance of beating Obama in the general election.
Brian Crawford March 05, 2012 at 07:51 AM
I feel sorry for Ann. After all the ugly, mean spirited things conservatives have had to say about Michelle Obama, once Mitt wins the nomination she's going to be fair game for the grist mill.
North Georgia Weather March 05, 2012 at 11:21 AM
It's that the definition of a politician?
Tammy Osier March 05, 2012 at 11:23 AM
No different than how liberals attacked Laura Bush. Politics as usual, and it's on both sides.- unfortunately. In Romney's case, I believe that true conservatives will hold his feet to the fire. My concern is, and has always been returning power to the states, something that Romney has always stood for. Got to get federal government out of the way. They have their place, but not to the degree of control that they have now. I'd like to have better choices, but apparently, conservatives don't learn in three easy lessons. lol
North Georgia Weather March 05, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Wish I could edit my "It's" to "Isn't" :-))
Brian Crawford March 05, 2012 at 03:45 PM
"In Romney's case, I believe that true conservatives will hold his feet to the fire": Now there's some deja vu. I believe that's exactly what the far right said about W. How'd that work out for you...besides doubling our national debt? Most Liberals thought W was an idiot, but I don't remember the kind of attacks on Laura that Michelle has suffered. I always considered Laura the brainy one and admired her efforts at fighting illiteracy. Until recently First Ladies were widely regarded as off limits in political discourse. The Tea Party has changed that.
Floyd Akridge March 06, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Brian...Jon Huntsman couldn't beat my doormat in a stiff breeze. Romney will do just fine in the general election...you're forgetting that right now Obama has everything his way...Republicans are battling for the nomination and he gets it free and clear...right now...but once the nomination is done happy hour is over for Obama. He'll have to defend his record and America will once again remember what a failure BHO is.
Floyd Akridge March 06, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Brian...the Tea Party didn't change that at all...
Floyd Akridge March 06, 2012 at 02:30 AM
By the way...the latest Wall Street Journal poll shows that not only has Romney regained the lead in the national poll but that he's beginning to win a much more substantial portion of the conservative vote. Right now he's tied in Ohio but monstrously surging (look at the graph) and nearly caught up in Tennessee and with momentum.
Tammy Osier March 06, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Another thought on Romney- I don't vote for presidents based on social issues. I vote for them based on what they will be- 'commander in chief". He has a good understanding of China and the issues with them and will handle them as a businessman would. Right now, they tax the devil out of us, but we don't tax what they send here. He probably would, thus bringing revenue in from other countries (rather than tax his own people to death). That's just one example. I like his knowlege on foreign policy and the fact that he has actually been the governor of a state, rather than a senator and lawyer. Right now China is overtaking us as a superpower and we simply can't lose that for our country.
Brian Crawford March 06, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I have no doubt Romney will have a huge day tomorrow. He is the inevitable nominee after all.
Tammy Osier March 06, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Brian, I think you forget that the purpose of the TEA Party was more to hold Republicans to task moreso than opposition to the other party, regardless of what you hear in the media. Remember last year, 2010 House seat elections, when all those republicans got VOTED OUT and replaced? The TEA party sent the message that, yes, you are correct, did NOT do their job with GWB. At least they are trying to correct amongst their own. That's the one positive I saw in the Republican party this past year. I think people are awake now, and hopefully, will stay away from the sleeping pills this November. lol
Tammy Osier March 06, 2012 at 11:34 AM
I will give you that on Michelle Obama. I have to agree with her on childhood obesity as a good cause to take up. I think the vacations and lavish clothes while people are unemployed gave her a bad rep. Really, they could have toned that down. GWB took vacations on his ranch (talk about saving money) which was for the purpose of sending a message. He stated once that he couldn't enjoy a lavish vacation while we had soldiers in harms way. The media didn't report things like that much and I'm sure there's a lot of good publicity that Michelle Obama doesn't get either. But still, I'd have to say, expensive clothes is a good way to NOT endear yourself to a starving public. Wouldn't you agree that the media has gotten more and more vicious in general? I think so.

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