As of Monday, March 5, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney serves food a pancake breakfast at Brookwood High School in Brookwood, Ga., Sunday, March 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
SNELLVILLE — Roy Robinson always liked Mitt Romney, but on Sunday Romney sealed the deal with a handshake at Brookwood High School.
Robinson will vote Tuesday for Romney to become the GOP’s nominee for president.
“It was very exciting to have the presidential candidate to come to our very own high school,” Robinson said, adding that cars stacked up to his road a half mile away. “I’m ready to start putting my money where my mouth is. ... I think this election is very important.”
Serving up pancakes to 1,000 people and addressing the overflow crowd that was nearly as big outside, Romney criticized President Barack Obama’s comments on how to keep Iran from building a nuclear weapon, saying he would take a tougher stance.
But County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau said the crowd was most receptive to his message about job growth.
“It was a great honor to host him,” Beaudreau said. “It’s good for our county for our hopefully future president to know about our county.”
Romney is the third of the four remaining GOP candidates to visit Gwinnett prior to Tuesday’s vote — where Georgia is one of 10 states to decide their preference for the party’s nomination. Gingrich plans a breakfast address at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.
But for Robinson, Sunday’s chance to meet Romney determined his vote.
“I wasn’t committed (before). I enjoyed the sparring,” he said. “We need someone in who can put the brakes on big government growth and spending and I think Mitt Romney can do that.”
Associated Press photo gallery and video from the Brookwood High School rally below.