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Romney's son exhorts Butler crowd

| Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, 3:54 p.m.
Josh Romney makes a stop at the Penn Theatre in Butler as he campaigns for his father, GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, on Thursday, Sept. 20. (Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review)
Supporters cheer on Josh Romney during a stop at the Penn Theatre in Butler as he campaigns for his father, Rebublican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney Thursday September 20. Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review

Josh Romney says he's on the campaign trail for his father because the hour is late and the task is urgent.

“We need your vote; we need volunteers. We need you to get out and knock on doors. And we need your prayers,” Romney, 37, of Salt Lake City told a crowd of nearly 150 people jammed into the lobby of the Penn Theater in Butler on Thursday afternoon.

At one point during the rally, one man shouted several times, “Fire Obama!”

Romney, a father of five, stumped in Western Pennsylvania on behalf of his father, Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for president. In remarks after the brief rally, Josh Romney said he believes his father will beat President Obama in Pennsylvania and win the state's 20 electoral votes on Nov. 6.

He jokingly invited everyone at the rally to Washington in January for Inauguration Day.

“We don't need a new vision. We don't need to re-create the wheel or do something different,” Romney said. “We need to restore those values and principles that made this country great.”

On his campaign bus, Josh Romney said his father and the president are on “divergent paths.”

“We can pursue one under President Obama that leads to a bigger government and greater government control in our lives versus one that my dad wishes: a limited government, cutting down our spending, reducing our deficit and allowing people to pursue their own interests,” Romney said.

He downplayed the recent controversy surrounding his father's leaked video comments in which the candidate said 47 percent of Americans don't pay taxes.

“My dad believes in the American people. He believes 1,000 percent in the American people and their ability to pursue their own dreams and their own interests, and that's what will bring the most success,” Romney said.

Not everyone at the rally supported Romney. Len Schoettker, 66, of Connoquenessing, a Green Party member, held a sign that read, “Show us your tax returns. What are you hiding?”

Josh Romney made campaign stops in Rochester, Beaver County, and Indiana County on Thursday.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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