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Twin Cities Residents React to Mitt Romney's Visit to Lake Minnetonka

The presumed Republican nominee made his way to the Twin Cities Thursday night.

Next week, Mitt Romney will be oceanside in Tampa, FL as he attempts to earn the Republican nomination for President of the United States. 

Today, however, he was lakeside at the Lafayette Club as he visited the Twin Cities for a Republican fundraiser. 

His motorcade was greeted by protesters, including a busload of supporters of President Barack Obama with signs and chants. 

Here's some local reaction from social media users around the Twin Cities. 

Kathleen Nelson August 24, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Interesting HISTORICAL reading. Published in 1971! Did you read them? Most made common sense to me as someone who is seeing this epic struggle to keep this country from slipping into an oligarchy! To quote an article by Bill Moyers, "according to The Wall Street Journal, the conservative holy of holies, the one-time Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives, Dick Armey, whose FreedomWorks organization helps bankroll the Tea Party, gives copies of Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” to Tea Party leaders."
john mccally sr. August 24, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Thanks to Mr. Vlasack for pointing out OpenSecrets. I went there and found out they also have an equally long list of Banks including Wells Fargo and Universities like Harvard and the Univ. of Calif. that have contributed millions to Obama's campaign. I went to the Republican convention on a press pass when Ike was nominated. I've followed campaigns ever since and agree with many others that this is the worse campaign since World War Two, and unfortunately, instead of reporting honestly, the media has reported it in a very biased way, usually favoring a liberal candidate.John Mc.
Carol Thaemert August 24, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I think people should do more research on the candidates and a whole lot less mudslining and them and at one another.
Cheryl August 24, 2012 at 02:20 PM
The filthy rich are Americans also. Have you researched the huge amounts of money Romney has given to charity. I am grateful to the rich for their contributions to charities.
Gary Doan August 24, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Kathleen - the Tea party is not a political party, they have no headquarters and no real leader. They have one issue that brought them together, "government spending", There is not a not a person or group behind the movement, so there is nowhere for Team Obama protest and no leader to demonize.The liberals trying to attack them are shadow boxing a ghost, so they lump any all all issues together and BLAME the Tea Party. They have the blame game mastered.
Cheryl August 24, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Kathleen, you know very little about Romney. He has given enormous amounts of money to charities. Just because a person is rich does not mean they have no compassion for the less fortunate or want to strip anyone away from a successful future. His policies would actually do more to help the middle class and poor. You need to do your research.
Cy August 24, 2012 at 04:52 PM
http://www.startribune.com/video/166966406.html#/166966406/video/1/ Check out the video
Cy August 24, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Has anyone read anything by Paul Krugman? Smart man.
Cy August 24, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Our country needs a third major political party.
Cy August 24, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I watched the video of Bidens surprise visit. Cool guy. ( video post pending )
Ted128 August 24, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Thank you, Linda. I enjoy reading the blogs but the anger is a little disappointing. I also agree that this anger stems from the fact that a politician is a politician.. they are only interested in promoting their personal interests. If it helps you, then lucky you, but that isn't their sole purpose. Here are some ideas I have that should be appealing to all of us on a nonpartisan level. I would like it if anyone would respond with honest feedback. 1) get term limits; 2) no retirement for elected officials; 3) same healthcare for our elected officials as our soldiers; 4) flat tax rate; 5) FAFSA determinations based on net worth, not income; & 6)legislation put through on a line item basis - no more pork!!!
Jamison Nelson August 24, 2012 at 05:43 PM
A bit confused about who you are saying is a man of integrity and truth - if Obama - you are as blind as the rest who still think he's been a good 'guard of the people'...Fool me once shame on you - fool me twice - shame on me!! Obama is not what athis country needs for the next four years.
Dewey Crosby August 24, 2012 at 05:52 PM
so, not one comment back? I applaud you for trying to "provide a positive light for our candidates" even though the left doesn't. (as if no-one from the left protests,, ha) And they call you "clueless" while they sit at their computers and spread their ilk..Good job!
Kathleen Nelson August 24, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Huh? Don't get your analogy! Can you rewrite using correct spelling?
James Sanna (Editor) August 24, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Three comments were deleted for violating Patch's ban on comments that were "defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or offensive" (http://southwestminneapolis.patch.com/terms). Please keep the discussion civil, and refrain from name-calling.
jaw August 24, 2012 at 06:41 PM
A vote for Obama is a vote from someone who really does not pay attention or have a clue.....one issue voters...
DJR August 24, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I didn't say anything about him Biden doing a fundraiser in MN, just fundraisers in general. So Obama couldn't match the $$$ raised by others? Only $750 million in 2008, not too much I guess. Who cares if they meet with "common folk," are you foolish enough to believe that it's for anything more than photo opportunities?
jaw August 24, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Dayton, Atkins, Klobuchar....If you believe they can live your life better than you..Vote for them.. Bought license tabs lately? Keeps 4 state workers watching one contract laborer putting a shovel full of tar in a pot hole....vote for them Don't like salt or more than 16oz's of soda and not intelligent enough to decide for yourself....vote for them Want to continue to pay more taxes for teachers that don't have to work because they cannot be fired......Vote for them Million dollar cafeterias, marquee signs, but no gas for buses....vote for them Look at your tax statement, Dakota County has not raised property taxes in 8yrs, Inver Grove sure has, pay attention to State and Local elections...Vote informed, not for a smile in a parade..
Mother August 24, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Ignite the Light, I think this type of education is fine if people are not attending to bash the opponent as you mentioned. This is how college kids become enlightened on how politics works. The campaigning is a crucial aspect and as we should all be educated on our politicians-going to a site that lists what each party represents is the best way to get educated, not listening to others who really don't have a clue what BOTH candidates agenda 's really stand for or against. The name calling and lack of social etiquette just goes to show where the extreme lack of faith that we have in our own candidate. The candidates will eventually burn themselves if they are not honest. Do not let them take you with them. Stay home if you are coming out for bashful protesting and do something important with that time with a charity or a needy family member. Politicians don't need us. We just aren't that important until election day.
Grant Vlasak August 24, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Please debate ideas, not people. Show the world on the world wide web how intelligent and respectful Minneostans are. Please don't showcase how the adults can regress into 'playground' namecalling...
rob_h78 August 24, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Everyone here does realize that Obama and Romney, both highly intelligent, highly driven, extreme achiever, Harvard School Law graduates, have far more in common with each other than either of them would have in common with anyone posting on this board....
Hobbs August 25, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Mitt visits Minnetonka, imagine that. Bring back the popular vote!
George August 25, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Willard "Mitt" Romney should have found time to attend our State Fair, to mix it up with the common folk. After all its the site of historical political meetings. I heard it through the grape vine its his last stop in Minnesota. I sence Mr. Willard Romney is showing signs desperation. Today, he brought up the birth cirtificate bullshit. Willard how is the hell did you stash $101 million dollars into your IRA in 15 years?? You earned $21 million dollars last year and payed 13%. What a fricking deal. For a man worth $250 million you've got all the bases covered. Its been alleged by memebers of the executive and legislative branches of gov you indeed paided zero in taxs. 2005, 2006,2007,2008,2009. The only people who shelter money off shore are drug lords, former Nazi's hiding in South America, and now of course many US Corporations. ($21 Trillion dollars.) Your buds at the country club want a tax hoiday. So the average working stiff gets reemed paying on average 30%. My friend the class war ended a long time ago. Guess who got shafted? Now its time for clean up ops. America keep voting for these #@#@.
Ann Wright August 25, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Just curious. How do the policies of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan appeal to a young person? Please name some policies that they have enacted or proposed that have actually helped the people of your generation.
MrsPeel August 26, 2012 at 03:13 AM
When did the popular vote go somewhere? What are you talking about? If you are talking about a direct vote for President and Vice-President that has been handled by votes for electors who cast votes in the Electoral Collge. Always been that way and should be changed to support a direct popular vote for President and VP.
TaterSalad September 02, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Bain Capital and who has an "Equity Stake" in this company: Democrats will not want to here these facts and figures! http://therealrevo.com/blog/?p=82494
Cindy September 04, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Very intelligent comment Chad.
Cindy September 04, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I'm late to this thread but you have summed up the whole issue! It is ALL perception!Romney's camp should have handled Minnesota better when he was here. Although I am still undecided his campaign did manage to show him in a better light at the convention.
Cindy September 04, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I agree!
jaw September 04, 2012 at 11:51 PM
16,000,000,000,000.00 and counting, thank goodness the Democrats have it under control......US Population 311,591,917 (2011) Do the math, and were not screwed? 5 trillion by Obama in 3,1/2 years, the other 11 trillion took 236 years, yes he's good for us... Wonder why they want people focused on voter ID and who can marry who.....

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