Crofton Industries is a family-owned business with marked job growth - a target audience for Romney's campaign.
10 On Your Side's Andy Fox was at the event, at which Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) endorsed Romney as the Republican presidential candidate.
"I am here to lend my voice and my endorsement to Mitt Romney as our President to take our country back," Bachmann said.
It didn't take long for the gloves to come off, with Romney hitting President Obama on jobs and the economy.
"Obama says he measures success by creating jobs to pay mortgages," Romney said at the event. "Well, he hasn't been creating jobs, and by a record number people haven't been able to pay mortgages."
Romney got big applause when talking about balanced budgets.
"I will get America on the road to have a balanced budget, and the first and easiest program I will eliminate is Obama care," Romney said to huge applause.
Not everyone was excited about Romney's appearance in Hampton Roads, though.
A group of about 25 protesters, organized by Sen. Louise Lucas of Portsmouth, were on site today to protest Romney's appearance and show support for President Barack Obama.
"(President Obama) is the man because no one else has been able to do it," Lucas said. "He's pulled us out of one of the worst recessions since the Depression. We can't trust (Romney) to stay with whatever position he gives us on any given day."
Andy Fox had a one-on-one interview with Mitt Romney and Gov. Bob McDonnell Thursday afternoon.
He asked about Vice President Joe Biden saying in an interview with
WAVY.com in early April that Romney's out of touch.
"I think I and a lot of other people are out of touch with Barak Obama," Romney replied. "Policies of this President 23 million Americans way underemployed. Unemployment is above eight percent, and has been for 38 straight months."
The Obama campaign floats this number, 25 straight months of job growth in the private sector.
The numbers are not in favor for Mitt Romney. He cannot win in November without winning Virginia and North Carolina which lean Republican, and Romney knows it.
"This may well be the State that decides this election, so you have to get your neighbors to listen to what you have to say," Romney told the crowd.
Many reasons the rally was held at Crofton Industries, it is family owned, employs 100 workers, and would likely get work with off-shore drilling. Romney attacked President Obama's energy policy.
"Right here in Virginia, the idea that powerful energy is right off the coast, that we can create good jobs with good wages, and provide needed resources, and this President says, 'no'."
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VanZett | May 22 2012 8:59am
OK there raving lunatic...Louise Lucas said that Obama pulled us out of this recession, when did that happen. You cannot pull yourself out of a hole by digging it five times as deep. Wake up. When has being born into a wealthy family been a bad thing. He worked hard and earned his money like his father did. You don't know if he was spoiled or anything else of his childhood. Governor McDonnell has pulled us out of the big hole that Kaine dug for us and stop with the BS about the Health clinics, it is not true.
Cissy | May 8 2012 9:38pm
LOL Romney is a little rich spoiled boy he never had to live pay check to pay check...Military needs to come home and not in anymore body bags....I hate that our men are fighting for someone else democracy...Not fair to any American family...there is NO HONOR in dying for people that hate us...I would not want my son to serve in this WAR. Do you know how many have committed suicide over there, do some research ..Those people hate us.. BRING our troops home..
Cissy | May 8 2012 9:35pm
Louis Lucas did all she had the power to do.. She is for the people. We saw how she stood up for us. She has my vote anytime. Bob Vagina...He is a devil if I ever knew one and we do not want him....ever again in this state ...good luck where ever he slitthers too Virginia does not LIKE HIM...
Cissy | May 8 2012 9:30pm
He does not think about the family ...He signs legislation that is oppressive to women. Right now he wants to do away with the health departments in Virginia which means thousands of women will have die of cancer each year. he has been the worst Governor Virginia has ever had and I can not wait till hes out. he pushed this tunnel deal through in secrecy and he is being sued as I type. No one wants a new tunnel now during this horrible economic times. Check out facebook page Tidewater against unfair tolls. The tolls are ridiculous. To the majority who have had to deal with him we despise him. He is a bad Governor that does as he pleases and does not listen to the people that voted him in office. I hope he never wins another election anywhere. May he become a shoe salesman and kiss my feet...
morlyn001 | May 3 2012 6:29pm
I think it's great that frm Governor Romney is thinking about the community and the military families. But, real talk, where is he going to find the money to fund the construction of all the ships he is talking about. Do Peter have enough in his purse for Paul to profit?
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