MANCHESTER, N.H. — Mitt Romney, who has tried to steep his candidacy in symbolism, wanted to send a signal with his final rally before voters head to the polls.
Romney launched his campaign with a simple speech and by serving Crock-Pots of his wife’s chili on a rural New Hampshire farm. Seventeen months later, the Republican presidential nominee returned to the Granite State to address a thunderous crowd of 12,000 at an event that was part political rally, part rock concert and part laser light show.
Staged in the Verizon Wireless Arena in downtown Manchester, the Monday night rally was a singular moment in Romney’s campaign. And the message he tried to send was clear.
“These last months of our campaign have seen the gathering of strength of a real movement across this country,” Romney said. “It’s evident in the size of these crowds like this tonight — my goodness. And I understand there are a few thousand people outdoors who couldn’t get in too.”