Romney reaction: GOP State Committeeman Robert Fortner of DeLand pleased with acceptance speech

GOP State Committeeman Robert Fortner of DeLand / Headline SurferCourtesy photo exclusively for Headline Surfer / Robert Fortner of DeLand, a Republican state committeeman from DeLand, cheers during Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

TAMPA -- Robert Fortner, a GOP state committeeman from DeLand liked what he heard from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in his acceptance speech at the convention.

"He gave us what we wanted to hear," the 68-year-old retired custom automotive car and boat manufacturer said on his way back to his hotel. "He had a job to do to accept the nomination and he delivered. He was very positive for the country's future."

"He gave us what we wanted to hear," the 68-year-old retired custom automotive car and boat manufacturer said on his way back to his hotel. "He had a job to do to accept the nomination and he delivered. He was very positive for the country's future."

Fortner was particularly impressed by Romney's reference to the role his wife, Ann played in raising their five sons while he was on the road and she was left with making sure the boys were taken care of, including doing their homework.

"Everyone in their family believes that this was an important job," Fortner said, explaining he heard the children speak of their mother's role in their upbringing.

Fortner also was impressed with Romney's 5-point plan, particularly job creation and energy independence, though he understood why he was short on specifics.

"This was not the time or the place to get into all of that," Fortner said. "There will be plenty of time for him to get into specifics after the convention.

Fortner said he enjoyed Clint Eastwood's speech and his references to Obama as if he were speaking to him, and he was particularly impressed by Florida's first-term US Sen. Marco Rubio's introduction of Romney to the podium.

"He really understands what this country needs and where Romney will take it," Fortner said.

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