10/29/15, "Trump supporters: Sparks appearance more substance than show," Reno Gazette-Journal, Seth A. Anderson
"Billionaire real estate mogul and Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump held his first post-debate public rally Thursday in Northern Nevada where supporters said he offered more substance
Trump hosted around 4,000 supporters Thursday morning at the Nugget Casino and Hotel in Sparks. The crowd lined up for hours before the event – some as early as 8:30 a.m. – to hear the former reality television star spread his conservative populist message and, his thoughts on the third presidential debate and address his recent slip in the polls.
“The American Dream is dead. You know that, right?” Trump told the crowd. “The American dream is dead but I’m going to make it bigger and better and stronger than ever before.”
Trump’s supporters cheered and chanted “U.S.A.,” “We Want Trump,” and “Build a Wall” – a reference to the candidate’s promise to construct a wall along the Mexican border and deport 11 million illegal immigrants from the country – through his entire one-hour speech and a short session at the end when he answered questions.
But Trump’s stance on the economy seemed to resonate the most with those interviewed after the rally. Trump said he wanted to cut waste and abuse, lower taxes and remove regulations to create a friendlier business climate.
“I will be the greatest jobs president – and I say it – that God ever created,” he said. “We have 93 million people in our workforce. Many of them want to work and they can’t get a job. It’s like incredible because jobs are leaving.”
Trump added that China has been taking advantage of the United States, something he promised to stop if elected.
“What China has done to us is the greatest theft in the history in the world. It’s the greatest theft,” he said. “We have – and Europe’s helped a little bit, but we’ve done most of it – but we have rebuilt China. The money and the jobs that they’ve sucked out of our country, we have rebuilt China, and we’re going to reverse it.”
Shawna Smith, a small-business owner from Reno, said Trump’s comments on the economy surprised her.
“I was afraid I was going to be coming to a man yelling at the people who may employ him,” she said. “He did well. He impressed me and I think he impressed others.
Steve Tate, 71, of Reno, said he thought Trump was focused more on issues than previous times he’s heard the candidate speak.
“He really focused on substantive matters,” he said. “I don’t think he did as well as he thought he did last night (in the debate), but I thought he did a heck of a job today.”
Alese McMurty, a 19-year-old University of Nevada, Reno student, said all Trump offered her was empty rhetoric.
“He goes on and on about himself about how he’s so great and he’s going to create all these jobs, but he doesn’t say how he’s going to create all these jobs,” she said. “I thought it was lacking in concrete policy.”
Trump told the crowd he was running for president not for attention, but because he was tired of being let down by other Republicans.
“I supported (John) McCain. [Trump was a McCain bundler]. Now he had a hard time (in 2008) because with what was happening was pretty tough. I say Abraham Lincoln maybe couldn’t have done it,” he said.
“I supported (Mitt) Romney and he let us down (in 2012). He just let us down because that was an election that should’ve been won. So I supported McCain, I supported Romney and now I’m saying to hell with it, I’m doing it myself."...
[Ed. note: Romney had no intention of winning: "“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to...run,” said Tagg (Romney's son)."...Boston Globe, 12/22/2012)
(continuing): "He also reserved criticism for the media, particularly CNBC for what he described as bad debate moderation and Politico for what he said was dishonest coverage around his poll numbers and a recent event in Iowa.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson overtook Trump in several national polls recently, but he said that was being blown out of proportion by the media. Trump added the size of the crowds at his rallies were proof his campaign was not losing steam."...
[Ed. note: Not sure which "several national polls" author references.]
(continuing): "“I was a little below Carson,” he said. “It was the biggest story I’ve ever seen. It was true. It happened. It was bigger than anything – it was bigger than Benghazi with Hillary (Clinton).”
Tate said this was a natural reaction from a candidate known for being boisterous.
“People hear about him and the polls start climbing,” Tate said. “Now he’s got to get a lot more substance or he’s going to go down. I think he realizes it but he won’t admit it.”
Overall, Gail Pfeiffer, 67, of Sparks, said she enjoyed the Trump rally, especially since it offered a chance to hear him in more than just sound bites.
“I liked that he was able to talk a little bit more about his plans and policies,” she said. “I never get that in the debates. I’m so disappointed.”
Marjie Faust, 70, of Reno, said she was pleased with the end result, but thought Trump focused too much on himself and his accomplishments in the beginning before talking about policy and answering questions.
“I was put off at first,” she said. “I never felt strongly because we’ve always gotten promises. I know he’s a celebrity. Ronald Reagan was a celebrity, but this gentleman has a different way of coming across, so I’m just going to wait and see.”"
10/29/15, Top two images, Trump rally in Reno, Nevada, via, "Daniel Scavino Jr.
Third image from Reno Gazette-Journal: "
Romney in 2012, per AP: In the must-win state of Ohio, Romney couldn't connect with white, working-class voters:
9/25/2012, "Romney, Obama zero in on Ohio, a GOP must-win," AP, by Charles Babington and Kasie Hunt, Vandalia, Ohio
"Romney is...having mixed success with his chief target: white, working-class voters who are socially conservative and often have union backgrounds. A generation ago they were called "Reagan Democrats."...He is having trouble connecting with middle-class Ohioans."...