The heat was slightly tamed by water bottles readily handed out by the campaign, the line to get in to the courtyard inched along, and many in the crowd had to stand outside the perimeter because of space constraints- but to those who came out to support Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney today, it was worth it.
“He’s really good with the crowd and he’s really personable, and you know I was hundreds of feet away from him, and I could barely see him, but he was still getting the message through,” Isabella, who lives in Jacksonville, told me.
And many of you had a specific idea of what you wanted to see, and that centered on the economy.
“We’re owners of a small business and, quite frankly, we’re scared to death of the direction the country is heading right now,” says Jacksonville resident Mike Hudnall.
Aside from concerns on job creation, many of you shared the universal feeling that bringing Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan on to the ticket is a good plan.
“That’s two good people coming together with good morals and good situations that will be able to affect the people as the years go by,” says Jim Bass, who was actually from Texas, but happened to be in town on business.
For some voters, today’s rally was about getting information.
“I’m still on the border, I want to know what I am doing,” Yolanda Ditmore, of St. Augustine, told me.
Mixed in to the crowd were campaign volunteers, recruiting more help for the upcoming elections season.Most in attendance seemed more than willing to sign-up and try to bring even more support to the Romney/Ryan corner.