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Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan speak in Oakland County

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(08/24/12) - The presidential campaign trail made a stop in Michigan Friday.

Thousands of supporters welcomed Republican candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan to the Wolverine state.

This was Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's first visit to Michigan together. They're really pulling for voters here to make the difference on election day.

Supporters packed an Oakland County orchard to welcome home Mitt Romney, his wife Ann and running mate Paul Ryan.

Romney and his wife were born and raised in Oakland County, and at one point the couple were overcome with emotion when they saw the crowd of people cheering and holding up signs.

"Brings a tear to my eye and makes me realize how much you realize how important this election is," Romney said.

Romney's message was all about uniting the country, bringing together both Republican and Democrats.

He says this election is a choice between two futures, and if he and Ryan are entrusted with the presidency, he will restore America to its founding principles.

Romney says he wants to see Michigan thriving again and believes it can when government gets out of the way so that people can reach their true potential.

Romney also unveiled a five-point plan to jump start America's economy.

He calls for energy independence and investing in training programs and education. Romney will open new trade markets, balance the budget and champion small business. He calls for energy independence and investment in worker training programs and education. Romney also says he will open new trade markets, balance the budget and champion small business.

"It was impressive, I like the five points, if they do those, God Bless. I think that's great," said William Long.

Long believes this year's GOP ticket has a good shot at claiming the White House. "We need a guy like Ryan who knows about finance, we need a guy like Romney who knows business, that combination is great, we're going to win," he said.

Romney also has Ray Majcher's support, and his family's.

"We are so jazzed about this presidency. We want to see a change that's going to help out these people right here, seniors, my children, we feel that the country is going in the wrong direction. We need somebody and we see it in Romney and Ryan that they are going to bring back this country to where it belongs," Majcher said.

Romney's opposition was also in attendance.

"You have a ticket here that would let the auto industry go bankrupt, that would devastate Michigan, their policies would devastate Michigan, the fact that they have to hold a rally in Republican Oakland County shows to me a ticket that's in trouble," said Mark Brewer.

The campaign expected 8,000 people at Friday's event.

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