WEST ALLIS (WKOW) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a raucous crowd Friday in West Allis to look beyond campaign speeches and advertisements and vote for him in a rejection of what he said were President Obama's failed four years.
"Words are cheap, a record is real," Romney told a packed audience in a pavilion at State Fair Park.
In a nearly thirty minute address at a podium with the poster, Real Change on Day One, Romney said he would make bold strokes right away if elected, including using his executive authority to try spur more trade, and to grant waivers to states from the terms of the Affordable Care Act as a way to begin its dismantling.
Romney criticized Obama's record on jobs, the deficit and education, claiming the president was a pawn of public sector teachers unions, and vowed to empower parents to make more choices in their children's education. "There's no union for the PTA," Romney told the crowd.
Former Green Bay Packers star Bart Starr endorsed Romney in a speech before the candidate's appearance, clutching a book from his former legendary coach, Vince Lombardi. Starr said Romney embodied principles outlined in Lombardi's writings. "Integrity. Excellence," Starr said.
Romney predicted a win next Tuesday, and acknowledged his running mate, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, who was campaigning in Colorado as Romney appeared in Wisconsin. "I appreciate being in the home state of the next Vice President of the United States."
Governor Walker introduced Romney and received well-wishes from the crowd estimated at 4,500 on his 45th birthday, calling for attendees to get others to the polls Tuesday to make Romney the nation's 45th president.
"We brought Walker back to the governor, back from the recall," UW-Eau Claire student Alexandria Kolb told 27 News. "I think our state knows who's best for our country, get us back on track."
Public opinion polls show Romney trailing Obama in Wisconsin by as much as eight points, as some analysts say the state's ten electoral votes could ultimately decide the election, especially if Obama captures Ohio.
WEST ALLIS (WKOW) -- GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke to a crowd of supporters at State Fair Park in West Allis on Friday.
Romney took the stage after an introduction by Gov. Scott Walker. Speaking before Gov. Walker was U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson; Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee; and former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr.
Once on the stage, Romney laid out what he would accomplish on day one as president.
Click on the video icon to hear about Romney's plans for his presidency.
27 News' Tony Galli was at Friday's GOP event. See his reports on 27 News at 5 and 6.
WEST ALLIS (WKOW) -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will hold a campaign event in West Allis Friday morning.
Romney was originally scheduled to visit Wisconsin earlier this week, but rescheduled because of Superstorm Sandy.
Romney will appear at a campaign rally at the Products Pavilion at State Fair Park in West Allis. Doors open at 6:50 a.m., with the program starting at 9:55 a.m.
President Obama was in Green Bay Thursday, and he will make campaign stops in Milwaukee Saturday and in Madison on Monday.
Watch Romney's campaign event live on www.wkow.com/live.