SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA) -- On Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney held the Springfield Veterans for Romney Event at American Legion Post 176 in Springfield, Va.
Governor Romney entered the post to large applause, reports Peggy Fox (@PeggyFoxTV). He began by thanking veterans for their service. Then, he talked to the crowd about the Honor Flight veterans he recently met and a story of World War II veteran waving the flag.
Gov. Romney stated that he is concerned about America's future and the direction we are headed. Romney laid out five ways he would change America including taking advantage of our energy resources, such as: oil, coal, and gas on U.S. soil.
Romney then said that he wanted to open up new markets to trade and sell America's goods, make sure our schools are giving the students what they need, and champion small business.
"I want small businesses to grow, be able to hire more people, and pay higher wages," explained Romney."Incomes are going down, at the same time electric prices, gas, and food costs are going up. "These are tough times for the American people and the answer to help America is to get small business growing again and raising wages."
Romney's plan to help small business includes pro-growth, tax policies, regulatory policies that enourage small business, and get rid of "Obamacare."
Gov. Romney also said that he plans to stop shrinking the military and balance the budget in his first 100 days in office.
"We are becoming weaker and weaker fundamentally and economically," said Romney. "If I become president, I will make it my priority in my first 100 days to take action and get America on track towards a balanced budget."
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Romney quotes Reagan "Peace comes through strength...I want to be so strong no one wants to test it" @wusa9
Peggy Fox will have more on Romney's visit to Springfield on 9News at 5 p.m. In the meantime, you can follow her tweets at @PeggyFoxTV.