WILKES-BARRE ‚?? The back room of Mulligan‚??s Irish Pub was filled Thursday night with Republicans eager to hear the nomination acceptance speech of the man they expect will be their next president.
In a press release, Republican National Committee spokesman Billy Pitman announced four ‚??We Believe in America‚?Ě National Republican Convention Watch Parties in Pennsylvania Thursday night, including the one at Mulligan‚??s. The others were in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Conshohocken.
Pittman said Romney Victory volunteers would hold more than 250 watch parties in 13 battleground states on Thursday.
Former Luzerne County Council candidate Joyce Dombroski-Gebhardt, of Kingston, said the ‚??very energized‚?Ě atmosphere there was ‚??a very positive sign for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in Northeastern Pennsylvania.‚?Ě
She hoped Romney would ‚??say something very much anticipated by the American voters which is that he, as our next president, will look after all of our American people, especially senior citizens and the middle class.‚?Ě
Kingston Mayor Jim Haggerty said he was ‚??excited to come out and support Mitt Romney and kick off the presidential election campaign to win Northeastern Pennsylvania for Gov. Romney.‚?Ě
Haggerty conceded that Republican presidential candidates have an ‚??uphill battle‚?Ě in Luzerne County, but said that Romney would win the county or, at the worst, break even. ‚??We know how to micro-target voters and get voters to the polls on Election Day.‚?Ě
Ed Warkevicz, treasurer of the Luzerne County Republican Party, which hosted the party, said he thinks Romney‚??s chances in Luzerne County are good.
‚??Why? Because more and more people are waking up and realizing they don‚??t have a job. And it‚??s because of ‚??Bama-nomics.‚?? Just from talking with people, I can tell Romney is going to do better than our last candidate four years ago because the young generation was sold a bill of goods and President Obama didn‚??t deliver on those promises.‚?Ě
Adriana Vargas, of Edwardsville, said Obama promised to cut the national debt, but it tripled in his time in office.
Looking forward to Romney‚??s acceptance speech, Vargas said she hoped he ‚??is so confident in his beliefs that he will make a difference in the next four years and completely undo all the errors of the last four years. We, as Republicans, have a lot of faith in him.‚?Ě
Joe Nevenglosky, 62, of Mountain Top, said he‚??d like to see Romney win locally with a landslide, ‚??but I don‚??t think a lot of people in Northeastern Pennsylvania are intelligent enough to understand what he‚??s going to do. Many people (here) like to stand with their hand out and expect a handout from the politicians instead of going out and getting a job and working for it.‚?Ě
Pat Gudz, 59, of Kingston, said she attended the party ‚??to support the new president, and I‚??m very optimistic that my fellow Americans are going to (vote) for an American who wants this great country we‚??re living in to come back to its greatness.‚?Ě
Gudz expected Romney‚??s speech to be ‚??true and from the heart. Because of his faith, he can‚??t do anything else but tell the truth.‚?Ě
Not everyone at the party was buying into the conservative agenda and Romney‚??s plans.
‚??I‚??m a token Democrat in the room tonight,‚?Ě said blogger Ben Hoons, of Plains Township. ‚??I‚??m expecting to watch Romney add to the pile of lies that have been going on for the last three days,‚?Ě he said when asked what he expected to hear at the party.
‚??That cutout looks more real than he comes across on TV,‚?Ě Hoons said of the life-size color cardboard cut-out of Romney set up in the center of the room.