The Chicagoist will be launching later but in the meantime please enjoy our archives.

Mitt Romney Visits DuPage County

By Kevin Robinson in News on Feb 4, 2008 3:50PM

2008_2_mitt_romney.jpgWhile John McCain spent Super Bowl Sunday in Massachusetts, Mitt Romney made his pitch to the most reliably conservative county in Illinois. At a packed rally of several hundred people at the College of DuPage yesterday, he tried to convince voters here that he is the true conservative standard bearer. Romney vowed that as president he would "stand up for the principles of the Republican Party and to live in the house that Ronald Reagan built."

Although trailing badly in the polls, Romney is trying to capitalize on the outrage of some right-wing talk show hosts, and in comments to the press afterwards, he compared McCain to the two Democratic candidates. “He’s virtually indistinguishable from Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama on a number of major issues our country faces."

In an interview with CBS2, Romney predicted that Obama would have trouble carrying Illinois in a general election. "I can't imagine America choosing someone to run the country who's never run even a corner store," Romney said. "I'd be able to be competitive in Illinois in a general election." John McCain and Barack Obama hold 2-to-1 leads over their closest primary rivals in a Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll released today.

Image via Mitt Romney