by Andrew Crisp
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney visited Boise today to encourage Idaho voters to vote for him at the forthcoming Idaho Republican caucus on Super Tuesday, March 6.
While a crowd of more than 1,000 people waited in the 155,000-sq.-ft. facility where local company Guerdon Enterprises constructs their modular housing structures, Romney showed up late—almost 45 minutes after his scheduled arrival. In a whirlwind two-minute introduction, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter personally testified of his support for Romney.
"If you've worked in business" said Romney, "you're automatically a fiscal hawk. Because otherwise you'll be out of business."
While he touted his business credentials, the former governor of Massachusetts claimed that he would dramatically increase the size of the military.
"The Navy is the smallest it's been since 1917," Romney claimed. "The Air Force has the oldest planes since 1947, when the Air Force was created."
He segued to the drawdown of troops under the Obama administration, and promised to bolster the military so that "no nation would ever think to attack us."
Romney also slammed President Barack Obama for Solyndra, the economy, and told a story about living south of King Hill when he was 15. At the time, he was working on a farm shucking corn, and he remembered attending a Loretta Lynn concert on the Snake River.
This after a luncheon where Otter and other members of the Republican brass, and many supporters, paid $1,000-plus per plate for a chance to eat with Romney at the Grove Hotel. Romney was well ahead of schedule for the fund-raising event, arriving in motorcade escorted by police and greeted my protesters from Occupy Boise.
Romney's visit follows a Tuesday, Feb. 14, Valentine's Day visit from competitor Rick Santorum, and Romney sought to take the blue-collar approach by hosting his rally at Guerdon. Romney spoke for a total of 20 minutes.
Interestingly, a promotional video playing on a wall of the facility lauded the company's contract with the U.S. Air Force base at Lewis-McChord, building housing for soldiers. This despite Romney's insinuation that President Obama was allowing American military presence to dwindle.