BEDFORD HEIGHTS, Ohio - It was a packed house inside the American Spring Wire warehouse, where hundreds of people came to see former governor Mitt Romney speak.
Inside the warehouse, there were several people wearing hard hats among the target audience Romney was trying to reach. The day began near Columbus, before moving to Bedford Heights and ending in Toledo.
Romney came to the stage at 1:23 p.m. to a thunderous applause and his usual Kid Rock music as he prepared to deliver remakes on what he calls, "the real recovery." Large signs surrounded him which read, "We can't afford four more years."
Romney began the event talking about China. "On day one, I will label china a currency manipulator."
The Republican presidential candidate was giving the crowd the red meat they desired, as he looks to pivot his campaign back to the economy.
In a Quinnipiac/New York Times poll released Wednesday, it shows Romney trailing Barack Obama by 10 points in Ohio. In a Washington Post poll of Ohio voters, it shows Obama at 52 percent and Romney at 44 percent.
The only place Romney is ahead of the president is in donations.
According to the Center of Responsive Politics, Ohioans have donated $6 million to the Romney campaign and $2.8 million to Obama's campaign.
Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs fame, joined Romney on stage along with small business owners as they participated in a manufacturing roundtable. Many of the small companies came forward and talked about how the president's policies hurt their business.
The tone of Ronmey's talk was very different then in previous speeches. Yes, he criticized the president, but it wasn't a big Obama bash. Instead, we heard something we haven't heard -- specifics. Romney told the crowd he wants to close the 47 government training programs and send the money back to the states to design their own. He also wants to create a personal re-employment account.
"Where a person has an account which they can use to get the training they feel they need for the job of their future."
Romney also sat and listened as several small business owners came up one by one explaining how their company works and how hard it has been to do business in an Obama economy.
The former governor also took questions from the audience and said something which seemed to confuse the audience at first.
"I think the president cares about America."
This new softer tone approach by Romney seems to be an overture to independent voters. "I know how to help the people of America and make sure our future is bright and prosperous and protect our liberty. He does not."
Bedford Heights was the second of a three city tour Wednesday for the campaign. Wednesday marks one week until the debates where Romney will attempt to get momentum back on his side.
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