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Critics protest Romney’s visit to Oklahoma


OKLAHOMA CITY — Governor Mary Fallin welcomed Mitt Romney to Oklahoma with open arms.

During the introduction she said, “It is my great pleasure to welcome governor Romney, the next president of the United States to Oklahoma.”

But across the street from republican headquarters, others stood in protest.

“Not everybody in Oklahoma supports Mitt Romney,” Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Wallace Collins said.

Romney spoke to almost 50 volunteers about a host of issues, including the challenges of the middle class.

“They’re working at a time when gas prices are up, where the cost of health care is up, the cost of food is up and they’re having a tough times. This is not a glorious delightful time for the American people in the middle class and they need help.”

“Its kind of ironic that Mitt Romney would come to Oklahoma City and have a fundraiser at the home of a millionaire oil and gas man which represents the 1 percent and we feel like we represent the 99 percent, average working people,” Wallace said.

Romney talked about what he said are the failed policies of the Obama administration.

He said, “These old liberal policies have not created jobs, in fact we now have 39 straight months where nationally the unemployment rate is above 8 percent.”

Local democrats said they simply can’t trust what he says.

“He has flipped-flopped not only when he was governor but even now as he campaigns for president. He has flipped-flopped on so many issues,” Christine Byrd said.

But Romney made a point of saying he hasn’t flip-flopped on the big story of the day, gay marriage.

“I have the same view on marriage that I had when I was governor that I have expressed many times before. I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Romney said.