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    Reader: “At huge Jacksonville Landing Romney-Ryan event – place is insanely packed”

    Reader: “At huge Jacksonville Landing Romney-Ryan event – place is insanely packed”

    So writes reader Jim, who sends along several photos from the Romney-Ryan rally in Jacksonville which is starting as of this writing. (added: Prof. Reynolds also is posting reader photos)

    He further writes: “Line for RomneyRyan Jax Landing event – two lines both way longer than this appears”:

    Then “Jax landing total insanity!!”


    Post-script – Jim’s phone ran out of power so he couldn’t take more photos, but he did send along this account of the afternoon:

    Jacksonville Landing was absolutely electric with I would estimate two to three thousand people screamIng for Romney and Ryan. It was a total blast to be there. It was literally one of the most fun things I have ever done.

    The warm up speakers included Jennifer Carroll, the African-American Republican Lieutenant Governor of Florida.

    Speaking of that, I am surprised at how many African-Americans were there – there were a lot.

    Tons of military veterans too.

    Romney and Ryan both look fantastic up close. Ryan is obviously in superb physical condition and Mitt looks great too. Their speeches were great and covered some of the same ground as their convention speeches, but they also totally hammered Obama for the unemployment rate, the drop in average family income of $4000, which I don’t recall hearing before, the national debt, huge cuts to defense spending looming, etc. Mitt also reiterated his 5-point plan. The crowd loved it.

    Ann Romney spoke for several minutes too, and she was great.

    But the best part was after the speeches were over and Mitt and Paul Ryan came down from the stage to shake hands with the people. Mitt really tried to connect with everyone he could. I pressed forward and eventually got to shake his hand. He had a firm handshake and looked me right in the eye for a split second. I actually forget what I said to him because it was such an insane moment.

    I was actually a little afraid because so many people were pushing behind me to get a chance to shake Mitt’s hand. It was totally insane. Like a mosh pit at a rock concert, like maybe an AC/DC or Led Zeppelin concert!

    The level of enthusiasm for this ticket was shockingly high in Jacksonville.

    And outside I counted 9, yes 9, lame protestors wearing purple SEIU shirts and screeching unintelligibly. It was perfect.

    Update 10:10 p.m. – Jim follows up:

    Holy crap I’m watching the 10 O’clock news and they are saying 9700 people were at the Landing today – that is unbelievable!! 9700 people!! The Landing is like 150 x 150 feet – it is two stories but still – wow!!


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    currently | September 2, 2012 at 3:01 am

    I’m over in the panhandle of Florida on the Gulf Coast (Gulf Breeze – about 8 hrs drive to Jacksonville) so I did not make this event.

    Romney/Ryan may not make a visit to this area as we are already solid against Obama and have been credited with defeating Al Gore in 2000.

    Palin made a visit here in 2008 and we stood in line for 3 hrs before they closed the Civic Center at the Fire Marshall’s direction.

    Never got in for the rally but was kind of glad the crowd was just too large for all to be entered.

    Romney/Ryan will win Florida in a landslide – do not doubt me.

    I voted for Romney in 2008 FL Primary because Fred Thompson got out after South Carolina and I didn’t want to vote for McCain.

    I voted for Santorum in 2012 FL Primary because Herman Cain got out and didn’t want to vote for Romney.

    I’m going to vote for Romney in the General Election in 2102 because Obama must be defeated.

    Plus, Romney is really growing on me. His pick of Paul Ryan was inspiring.

    currently | September 2, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Correction: I’m going to vote for Romney on November 6, 2012.

    I’m not sure yet who I’ll vote for in the 2102 election.

    Chuck912 | September 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

    11pm Jacksonville news twit (WAWS I think) reported “hundreds” were at the event. Could not force herself to honestly report “thousands”. Lots of coverage to the 9 protesters too. No question as to direction this station leans. Lousy dishonest reporting.

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    NeoConScum | September 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

    LOVE THIS..!! I’ve become quietly confident that my adopted home-state of Florida will go Mitt-Ryan in November with a not-even-close possibility of 2000 ‘dimpled chads’ BS.

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