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Final push: Romney stresses economy, job creation in Dubuque

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Mitt Romney addresses a crowd of more than 300 people Monday in Dubuque Mitt Romney addresses a crowd of more than 300 people Monday in Dubuque
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney made a four-city swing Monday, visiting areas that gave him support four years ago.

That included a stop in Dubuque.

It was a packed house at Weber Paper Company in the key city, as more than 300 people turned out to see Romney.

"You helped me last time around. I'm expecting you to do the same thing," he told the crowd.

Romney focused heavily on job creation, the economy and the deficit, emphasizing his experience in the private sector.

"I've learned in the private sector that you can't spend more than you take in," Romney said. "I know how to balance budgets. I ran two different businesses. We balanced our budget and made a little profit in addition."

This resonated with voters in attendance, including Dyersville Republican Lois Taylor.

"He's run a business and he also has run a government," Taylor said. "He was the governor of Massachusetts. I know he can do it. He understands what it takes to create jobs."

However, earlier in the day at Romney's stop in Davenport, media heard from Iowa Democrats and Randy Johnson, a man who said he used to work at an American Pad and Paper (AMPAD) plant in Indiana, which Romney's Bain Capital bought and later closed in the 90s.

"I come from a facility where he actually closed our plant, where he actually put people out of work," Johnson said. "They came in and fired everybody."

He and Democrats said they don't believe Romney is in touch with the average middle-class worker.

Strong Romney supporters such as Dubuque banker Bob Peacock, however, aren't swayed.

"Just because you hear the word 'layoff' doesn't mean that it's a negative thing," Peacock said. "In the final analysis, the company can be better off, and that's what Mitt did with his successful business turnarounds."

"I was for him four years ago, and I think that he is ready and willing and ready to serve," Taylor said.

In addition to trusting Romney's business experience, Taylor said, she also believes he is the most electable of all the GOP candidates.

Romney started his day in Davenport, visited Dubuque, made a trip to Marion and wrapped up with an evening stop in Clive.

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