Enthusiastic conservatives welcomed Mitt Romney, the next president of the U.S., to western North Carolina at a Victory Rally held at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, NC, on Thursday October 11, 2012.
The rally was only announced on Tuesday Oct 9, but two days later between 10,000 and 15,000 showed up to show their support. Amazing considering the city of Asheville is a liberal hotbed — often referred to as the “San Francisco of the East.” We had to wait in 3-4 block-long lines to pass through the security checkpoint which took about 45 minutes.
Country music star Ronnie Milsap provided the entertainment prior to the speeches. Others making brief speeches were U.S. District 11 Congressional candidate Mark Meadows, Congressman Patrick McHenry, House Majority Leader John Boehner, Mike Huckabee, as well as other state and local notables.
Six of us from the Mountain Patriots Tea Party made the trip up from Franklin. We also bumped into Macon County Commissioner Ron Haven, his wife, and two sons.
By the time we found seats we were relegated to a rear view of the podium — which was oddly placed in the middle of the arena’s main floor, thus providing over half the attendees with a rear-view!
Romney’s stump speech was met with roaring approval from the crowd. He seemed to be much more animated than portrayed by the main stream media sound bites seen on TV. Romney was obviously energized by the huge crowd.
Here’s a photo taken from our vantage point. The picture shows some of those standing on the main floor, while another 7,000+ were seated above the main floor.
Now it’s time for each of us to work as hard as we can to make sure Mitt Romney wins the election.