The presidential campaign made a stop in Wyoming County Thursday with a stop near Tunkhannock for Mitt Romney.
He chose Tunkhannock and Mountain Energy Services as one of his first campaign stops leading up to the Pennsylvania primary and the focus of his speech was on energy production and what Pennsylvania’s role would be if he is elected president in November.
“I’m actually for everything that comes from above and everything that comes from below. I want to get energy in this country and become energy secure,” Romney told the crowd.
He attacked President Barack Obama’s energy policies, saying they are not aggressive enough while speaking in front of a few hundred people gathering outside the headquarters for Mountain Energy Services outside Tunkhannock.
Romney’s campaign chose the local company as a snapshot of the natural gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania which Romney supports.
Members of the crowd came from many areas in the Marcellus shale.
Tom and Diane Elliott came from Towanda in Bradford County to hear Romney`s policies on natural gas drilling.
“I hope to hear he supports developing America’s own resources, especially natural gas and getting vehicles switched over to natural gas. The trucking industry, they’d meet their emissions very easily,” said Tom Elliott.
The local debate over natural gas drilling continued there too. While Romney spoke to supporters, a group from Susquehanna County that opposes drilling protested outside Mountain Energy Services.
Romney’s stop in Tunkhannock followed a visit in Harrisburg Thursday morning. Many of the people who came to see the Republican candidate were excited to see the presidential buzz right here in Wyoming County.
“I think it’s cool. Most nominees don’t come to small towns too much. It’s nice to see him,” said Anika Sehne of Tunkhannock.
“Got to shake his hand, and he’s taking so much time with the people. It makes us feel important in northeast Pennsylvania,” said Joan Stroka of Dalton.