Romney visits Knoxville before Super Tuesday

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- With just two days until Super Tuesday, GOP Nominee Mitt Romney made a campaign stop in Knoxville Sunday.

He already has the support of Governor Bill Haslam and several state senators and representatives, but that doesn't seem to be enough as he trails behind Rick Santorum. Romney hopes that changes after Sunday's rally.

The presidential hopeful and his wife received a warm welcome as Gov. Haslam introduced the couple to a crowd of nearly 1,000 people at West Hills Elementary School.

Just minutes before taking on the stage, Romney sat down with Local 8 News to talk about his plans on moving the country forward.

"I spent my life in the private sector. I want to use that skill to get America back on track," he said.

Before he can try to do so, he must win over Tennesseans.

"I want them (delegates) to come to me, and to get the support I need to become the nominee and replace Barack Obama," he said. "We've got to get him out of office."

But could be beat President Barack Obama if it came down to it?
His wife Ann thinks so.

"There's one thing I know...this guy next to me is going to be the nominee, and the next thing I know, he is going to beat Barack Obama," she said followed by cheers.

The former Governor said it won't be easy. But his supporters also believe he has a good shot.

"I've been impressed with Gov. Romney since the first time I met him, 4years ago. He's a good, kind and decent man," said Congressman John Duncan. "He's more conservative than people give him credit for."

"I think he's what we need for this country and I think he's going to be the next president," said supporter Hannah Dudley.


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