Romney stops at airport, GOP headquarters in Green Tree

Mr. Romney makes a brief visit to the Pittsburgh area.


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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney make a quick stop at Pittsburgh International Airport before heading to Green Tree to thank campaign workers here.

Mr. Romney arrived at the Pittsburgh International Airport for his final stop of the campaign this afternoon, making a brief appearance before the media at the non-public event.

Mr. Romney arrived around 3:10 p.m. at Atlantic Aviation Services and his arrival was only open to members of the press. A few supporters were there chanting "USA!" From there, Mr. Romney was whisked away in a motorcade.

Gov. Romney headed from the airport to Green Tree, where he stunned dozens of volunteers when he strode into the campaign's tiny office there. He arrived at around 3:30 p.m. and left about 15 minutes later. But in that short span, he electrified the room by shaking everyone's hand and giving a short speech thanking volunteers for their efforts. And he addressed some of the shell-shocked crowd individually.

Chris Pujol, a campaign intern and freshman at Duquesne University, beamed as he talked about the governor's nonchalant stroll through the office.

"I'm so excited I can't talk," Mr. Pujol said. He told Gov. Romney that he was Cuban-American and the two talked about Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who is also of Cuban descent.

"He had a very presidential presence already," he said optimistically.

Another volunteer, Margie Kondrich, 50, of Upper St. Clair, said she's voting Gov. Romney because of his stance against abortion. But she said she lent her support because she believes he's a good husband, a good father and a sincere man. It was a belief that was reaffirmed when she saw him in the flesh.

"He walked into this ugly little office. He took so much time and it's Election Day," she said.

She also told the former governor about her 9-year-old daughter Chloe who has Down Syndrome.

"I told him, 'Don't forget about our children,'" she said. "He said, 'I won't. You have a tough job to do.'"

The governor's marathon election day also includes a stop in Cleveland -- also closed to the public but open briefly to reporters -- in a last-ditch effort to pick up votes in a crucial swing state.

He started his day by voting with wife Ann in Belmont, Mass., and is scheduled to end the day in Boston.

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Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 and on Twitter @MoriahBee. The Toledo Blade contributed. First Published November 6, 2012 4:45 PM


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