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Tagg Romney (foreground, left) greets supporters of the GOP ticket at the World of Sports. / October 25, 2012
Tagg Romney, son of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, greeted about 80 supporters today the World of Sports, where he offered praise for his father and jabbed at his opponent, President Obama.

Romney, rolling up in a campaign bus that was later destined for South Hill, offered brief remarks and shook hands with the crowd, exhorting campaign supporters to reach out and encourage friends and neighbors to vote for the Republican ticket.

“This is a game of turnout. If we get the people to vote who should vote, we’ll win,” he said.

Romney, the oldest of the candidate’s five sons and an advisor to the campaign, predicted the Romney/Ryan ticket would win Virginia and other swing states, including North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan.

“The country recognizes the choice we have right now,” he said.

With the crowd forming a ring around him at the World of Sports entrance, Romney described his father as “a really good man, one you can be proud of,” and said he would fix the country’s problems, not give “lip service” to them.

“You could not have a clearer choice than you have now between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney,” he said.

He accused Obama of breaking his promise to cut the deficit in half and pointed to the size of the national debt — $16 trillion — and the $5 trillion added to that amount since Obama took office. “Not only is that horrible, that’s immoral,” he said.

Romney said his father’s plan to cut taxes will promote business growth and create jobs without having an adverse impact on the budget because “when you tax [people] more there’s less money to tax.” Economists note that the Bush tax cuts, which were also supposed to spur revenue growth beyond the cost of the tax break, instead contributed to higher deficits during his administration.

Unlike Obama, said Romney, his father has business experience and a proven track record of bringing budgets into balance, both as governor of Massachusetts and organizer of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

As governor of Massachusetts, said Romney, his father was able to close deficits without resorting to Democratic proposals to raise taxes. Drawing laughs from the crowd, he noted the difficulty of being a GOP governor in a deep-blue state: “There are more of us here than there are Republicans in Massachusetts.”

Romney devoted a large share of his talk to describing his father’s caring side, which he said the candidate doesn’t talk about often because he ascribes to the view that “actions speak for themselves.” Romney told the story of his father’s intervention, while running Bain Capital, to intensify the search for a missing daughter of a partner in the firm. The incident, which gave rise to an a TV commercial during the Republican primary that was paid for a conservative Super PAC, centers around the 14-year-old daughter of a Romney business associate who went missing for several days in New York City after leaving home to attend a party. Romney is credited with closing Bain Capital and bringing the firm’s 50 employees to New York to search for her. Police say his efforts helped to lead to the discovery of the girl, unharmed.

“I have seen him up close in so many instances and his first instinct is to help people,” said Tagg Romney.

Romney, father of six and a venture capitalist who is taking time off to aid his father’s campaign, said he stays on the go six and a half days a week working to elect the Republican ticket. “They let me go home Sunday afternoons to do my laundry,” he joked.

The race in Virginia and in the country remains tight: polls indicate the state is effectively deadlocked with 12 days left to go before the Nov. 6 ballot. Obama is seeking to repeat his victory in the Old Dominion from 2008, the first time a Democrat had carried the state since 1964, and take its 13 electoral votes.

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