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Romney predicts: ‘Mitt Is It’ a year from now

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DUBUQUE, Iowa – It seems Mitt Romney has become something of a fortune teller for the political set.

Returning to Iowa for a campaign swing on Monday, the Republican presidential candidate tried to predict the future.

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“A jeans-clad @MittRomney takes a campaign ad-perfect stage in Dubuque. Lots of film crews in the house. #2012unfiltered ”

“You turn on your TV about a year from now and instead of seeing the Obama camp celebrating, you’ll see something on your TV that says, ‘Mitt Is It,’” Romney said to laughter and applause from more than 150 supporters inside a sheet metal manufacturing in this eastern Iowa city.

Romney made no mention of his GOP opponents, but had withering criticism of President Obama. He predicted that a generation from now, Americans would be asking each other, “How did you make it through the Obama Great Recession?” And Romney promised to bring change to Washington in the form of balanced budgets.

“I will slay the deficit beast,” Romney said. “It’s killing jobs, it’s shadowing our future and it’s keeping our kids from having the bright prospects they deserve.”

Romney, appearing relaxed and clad in Tommy Bahama blue jeans and an open-collared blue plaid shirt, delivered a version of his stump speech on a factory floor.

Romney cited his business experience as proof that he could wean Washington off its historic habit of spending more than it brings in in tax revenue.

“To me, this is not an impossible dream,” Romney said. “It’s something I’ve seen happen in other settings. I’ve spent my life doing what you guys are doing. I’ve spent my life in the private sector…. In business, there’s no question about whether you should balance the budget. You have to balance your budget. Otherwise you’d go broke.”

To honor Romney’s visit, the workers at Giese Manufacturing cut him a steel plate in the shape of Iowa, with Romney’s campaign logo, and gave Romney’s aides matching key chains. Looking up at the giant steel sign, Romney quipped: “There’s a cut-out of Iowa with a funny guy’s name there.”

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“In Dubuque, Iowa, Giese Manufacturing welcomes @MittRomney with custom steel logos, big and small. #2012unfiltered ”

Romney recalled his last visit to Giese Manufacturing, with his wife, Ann, during his 2008 campaign.

“She and I were on a stage that was in two parts and it was about, I don’t know, 18 inches high, and as she was standing on her side one of the legs collapsed and she went down and landed on her back side. The crowd – big crowd – a big ‘oohhhh’ came out of the crowd,” Romney recalled. Folks here nodded their heads because they, too, remember.

“She got up,” Romney said. “She turned to me and she said, ‘I fell on ‘da butt in Dubuque.”

This story has been updated.

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