Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney looks at the crowd after arriving to a campaign rally at the U.S. Cellular Center on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 in Asheville, N.C. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke to thousands of supporters Thursday night in our state just ahead of the vice presidential debate.
Before Romney's speech, the line outside the US cellular center in Asheville stretched for more than 6 blocks. Romney was joined at the rally by speaker of the house John Boehner and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
North Carolina is one of the crucial battleground states needed to win the presidency, which continues to focus on a struggling economy.
"And against that kind of backdrop we have a President talking about saving big bird. I think it's time to have a President who will talk about saving the American family and I will," said Romney.
Earlier in the day, Romney visited with the Reverend Billy Graham at his home. Romney spent about 30 minutes talking with the Grahams at the 93-year-old's mountain-top home near Asheville. The Reverend Billy Graham has never publicly endorsed a presidential candidate.