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ELECTION 2012: "My Generation is the Future of Our Nation"
The crowd at the “Women for Mitt” rally in Roanoke, Virginia on Saturday was not only women upandcomers, but seniors and men as well.
The Roanoke Republican Party Chair, David Sutterlein announced keynote speaker, Florida’s Attorney General, Pam Bondi. Elected in 2010, she was Florida's first female Attorney General.
Attorney General Bondi has been traveling throughout the US to speak on behalf of Mitt Romney.
She has achieved success in her staunch efforts against mortgage fraud and "pill mills" in Florida, and will continue to fight against Obamacare, and for Medicare and Medicaid, she said.
Republicans are focusing on “trying to change the face of debates,” (in this election). “We’re so tired of negative campaigns. We want to focus on the important issues such as jobs, the economy, and bringing America back,” she told the diverse crowd.
Women and men of all ages traveled from around SW Virginia to crowd into the front part of Congressman Goodlatte's office and attend the Romney rally.
Megan Gibbons interned with Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s campaign, and said her political interests blossomed during her tenure with the Young Republicans at her alma mater, James Madison University.
Gibbons believes strongly that, “My Generation is the future of our nation,” and she believes in a hand up versus a hand out, she said. ”I like that Republicans are positive and want the best for the people.”
Dan Webb is 24, married, and says he also became interested in politics in college. He was Vice Chair of Lynchburg Young Republicans and the Fifth Congressional District Representative for Young Republicans before being hired into his present position as Political Director for Congressman Goodlatte.
“Not only is Virginia an important state, but the Roanoke area is particularly critical to this election,” said Webb.
Michelle Turner drove from Smith mountain Lake and talked about the SML Republican Women’s Club. “The group is made up of interested women who range in age from retirees to young career women that want to make a difference.
This is a crucial election,” said Turner.
Left to right, Megan Gibbons; Chris Leavitt, Campaign Mgr, Bob Goodlatte; and Dan Webb
Tonya Levis (standing) works with “SWVA For Cuccinelli” and speaks with two new volunteers who have just joined the Romney campaign.
The Roanoke Republican Party Chairman, David Sutterlain opened the rally
Left to right, Tonya Levis, Chris Leavitt and Pam Bondi
Attorney General Pam Bondi took time after speaking, to talk to individuals in the crowd.
Michelle Turner (right corner) joins the crowd at the rally.