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Romney's Son Stumps For Candidate In Hawaii

By Shayne Enright
Published On: Mar 12 2012 09:07:38 PM HST
Updated On: Mar 13 2012 04:15:23 AM HST
HONOLULU -

Local Mitt Romney supporters took their campaign to the streets of Laie this evening

"We need him. This country needs him," said Laie resident Dave Lewis.

Mitt Romney stayed behind but helping to drum up support for the republican presidential candidate was one of Romney's five sons.

"I was glad to come; I had to fight with my brothers to see who would come," said Matt Romney.

Matt Romney who graciously greeted volunteers made headlines last winter when he suggested his father would provide his tax returns only after President Barack Obama released his birth certificate.

It's a remark he attempted to smooth over, adding he does not question President Obama's citizenship.

"Yes, I am satisfied, absolutely," said Matt Romney.

Mitt Romney who is independently wealthy faced scrutiny for not paying a higher tax percentage, when asked about his father being part of the so-called 1-percent of Americans, Matt Romney said, "I think that everybody wants to be part of that one percent if you call it that everybody wants a chance to dream, to grow and prosper."

Mitt Romney, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is expected to win over the Laie community, whose faith is pre-dominantly Mormon.

When asked if he believes President Obama is a Christian, Matt Romney said yes but did not elaborate.

"I'm not here to talk about President Obama. I think he is great. I'm here to talk about my dad and what he would bring to the country," said Matt Romney.

Matt Romney also addressed criticism his father's received on what opponents call flip-flopping on major issues, including on a woman's right to an abortion.

"Ultimately made the choice that he really needed to be prolife and supported that through his governorship," said Matt Romney.

"Maybe he voted one way or did something you didn't like but overall I think he is going to do things this country needs," Lewis added.

Hawaii GOPs will have their first opportunity tomorrow to vote in a Republican caucus.

Supporters agree Mitt Romney has the business savvy turnaround the economy.

"I thought he did a great job leading Massachusetts; He brought a lot of pride back to Utah when he led the Olympics so I think our country needs Romney. I don't think we can afford anybody else," Lewis said.

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