Mitt Romney drew big crowds on Friday for his Victory Rally at Pier Park in St. Pete. Almost all of Romney's supporters said the same thing. They feel Romney momentum after this week's debate.
"It's fantastic. The energy is excellent and we are just so excited," said Terry Suarez.
Locals lined up hours early to see the GOP nominee speak.
"I want you to go find someone who voted for President Obama last time and just remind them how bad it's been these last four years," Mitt Romney said.
Florida support is crucial.
"It's absolutely important because he's got to win Florida. All of us here want to join him in support," said Pete Feliciano.
Romney's message was confident.
"We're going to win Florida. We're going to take back the White House. You guys are going to make it happen," he said.
Supporters feel a burst of momentum after this week's debate with President Obama.
"That was like striking a young man on the knuckles with a twelve inch ruler and telling him how wrong he is. I think it brought everybody together," said Walt Southard.
The debate also brought a new face to this election year: protesters dressed as "Big Bird" in a mock battle with Romney.
It's a response to Romney's proposed budget cuts targeting public broadcasting.
"If you're thinking cuts, I'm thinking education, youth, and having a valuable resource like the public broadcasting service is not the place to do it," explained protester Chuck Terzian.
Not many in the crowd agreed.
"Which one would you like to see gone Big Bird or hard workers? I would like to see Big Bird gone," said Linda Elliot.
Thousands walked by the small demonstration. Some tried to silence them with singing. Most kept walking
"It is a joke. It's entertainment for us. I love it," said Ann Lee.
"I know we're probably not going to change any body's minds but just support the opposition," explained protester Daniel Heyman.
But around the podium there was a sea of support for Mitt Romney.
"It really inspired me," said Southard.
Ann Romney also spoke tonight. She said she's looking forward to the next presidential debate and reminded voters the election is just over four weeks away.
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