A warm reception greeted Mitt Romney on his first campaign stop in Rhode Island. He launched right in to attack President Obama. First, the economy.
"I think when we hear the president say he wants more taxes, we're going to say you have enough and you're going to have to live within what you got," Romney said to applause from the crowd.
Then, the Obama health care plan:
"I think when he says that the government bureaucrat can do a better job telling you what kind of insurance you can have and what kinds of treatments you can receive, we're going to say no, we'd like that freedom ourselves, thank you very much."
To lower gas prices, Romney promises more oil drilling.
"And we're going to build that pipeline from Canada, too," Romney announced.
25 minutes into the Romney rally, ABC6's Mark Curtis got an email from the Obama campaign, calling Romney the most radically anti-women candidate in a generation. The timing was not a coincidence. It's only April, but the Fall campaign is now in full swing.
While it's only a rough estimate, at least half the crowd here and the questioners, were women. It's shaping up to be a major campaign theme:
"He needs to just get his message out and say, I'm about jobs, and I know that there are women out there who need jobs, and unemployment is high especially among women," explained Ann Clanton, who is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Republican Party.
Despite criticism, Romney remains optimistic. "We've got some work to do, I'd like to win this state in November," Romney told the crowd, to huge fanfare.
The Rhode Island primary is April 24th.