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Romney energizes supporters at Basalt campaign stop

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as he campaigns at Basalt Public High School, in Basalt, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, en route to Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

BASALT – Likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney assailed President Obama’s record Thursday during a campaign stop at Basalt and he touted his own plan with a little help from his friends.

Romney and 11 GOP governors energized a crowd of about 500 people while talking about what Romney would do different in the White House and how they feel Obama has failed.

“By his own measures, this is a president whose policies have not been successful,” Romney said, citing the current administration’s inability to reduce unemployment, reduce the federal deficit or spur small business start-ups.

Romney’s appearance at Basalt High School attracted more supporters and curious onlookers than could fit in the school’s gym. A long line snaked out the school’s door and into the lawn. Volunteer Shellie Roy of Aspen said she thought scores of people waiting to get inside would be turned away.

Romney entered the gym to the song “Born Free” by Kid Rock then delivered a 12-minute speech. He was enthusiastically greeted by the crowd even though his arrival was delayed by 45 minutes from the scheduled start of the event.

Romney drew some of his biggest applause when he declared the country’s budget must be balanced and the U.S. must end reliance on foreign oil.

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After Romney’s speech, each of the 11 governors accompanying him gave presentations on why they felt Romney is better-equipped to lead the country than Obama. The governors were: Chris Christie of New Jersey, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Bob McDonnell of Virginia, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Rick Perry of Texas, Matt Mead of Wyoming, Gary Herbert of Utah, Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Jan Brewer of Arizona.

Romney and the governors were scheduled to attend a major fund raiser Thursday night at The Little Nell hotel in Aspen. Numerous top donors to the party were expected.

See Friday’s Aspen Times for more on Romney’s visit.