Knoxville (WVLT) - With Tennessee going for the GOP in the past two Presidential elections, Republican hopefuls are looking for support here.
That includes former Massachusetts governor and Salt Lake Olympics organizer Mitt Romney.
This morning he made a stop in the Knoxville area, talking to invited guests at the Airport Hilton.
Recent surveys of conservatives and Republican Party activists show growing momentum toward Romney's candidacy.
He says there are many things that make him stand apart from others in the GOP field.
"We come with different experiences. My life has been spent in the private sector, working with small business, large business, helping turn things around. I know how to organize, manage and make a difference," says Romney.
On the Republican side, Romney's opponents include, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, Arizona Senator John Mccain, Congressman Duncan Hunter of California and John Cox, the past president of the Cook County, Illinois GOP.
And on the Democratic side, the field includes Delaware Senator Joe Biden, New York Senator Hillary Clinton, Illinois Senator Barack Obama, Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel, Former North Carolina Senator and Vice Presidential Candidate John Edwards and Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd.