Knoxville News Sentinel: Old City rally for Romney: Backers urge Tennessee win
Last night’s event at Boyd’s Jig & Reel was a huge success – thanks to everyone for coming and showing your support for Governor Mitt Romney!
Excerpt from KNS:
The East Tennessee campaign for Mitt Romney for president kicked off Monday night in an Old City pub with key speakers telling supporters their candidate’s success is up to them.
Former Knoxville Vice Mayor Joe Bailey, a regional volunteer coordinator, told the crowd at Jig & Reel that Republicans want to beat Democratic President Barack Obama in the fall, but they’ve got to do it in the March 6 Tennessee primary first by choosing the former Massachusetts governor.
Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Bill Hagerty, a key Romney adviser, acknowledged other candidates are vying for the Republican nomination but “it is important to put in the best person to stand up to Barack Obama.”
Hagerty said he and Romney had both started their careers at the same firm and that he has known the candidate for more than half his life.
He told a story about Romney being in a meeting when he determined his son, Tagg, had lost a water ski, over which he was moping. Romney left the meeting and went out in a boat for about 1½ hours until the ski was found, he said.
“He taught the value of perseverance,” he said.
Hagerty was asked what Romney’s chances are in the Feb. 28 Michigan primary and he described it as “tough.” Conservatives have embraced Rick Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, and the United Auto Workers are energized against Romney, he said.
“The polls are too close to call,” he said. He said Romney is expected to carry Arizona on the same day.
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See also WBIR’s coverage here.