JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In addition to regular campaigning during a stop at Metropolitan Park on Wednesday night, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney also encouraged people in the crowd to donate to the American Red Cross to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
" ... If you have the ability to help out, please provide some resources to people there and give calls to your loved ones and keep folks in your thoughts and prayers," Romney told a crowd of more than 2,000.
PHOTOS: Mitt Romney rallies supporters at Metropolitan Park
The program prior to Romney taking the stage was like a "who's who" of Florida's Republicans: Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, State Sen. John Thrasher, and Congressman Connie Mack were among those who spoke.
Romney outlined his five-step plan to bring 12 million jobs to the country:
1. Take full advantage of America's energy resources
2. Open up doors for trade
3. Make sure young students have top-notch education and that workers have opportunity to have more training
4. Balance the budget
5. Champion small businesses
To accomplish his plan, Romney said it was time to really have the two parties work together in Washington.
PHOTOS: Mitt Romney visits Metropolitan Park
"To get those things done, to create those 12 million jobs, to get us on track to a balanced budget ... that's going to take some real work," he said. " ... I've got to be able to reach across the aisle and get good Democrats and good Republicans to work together."
Romney told the crowd he was optimistic that brighter times were ahead for America.
"People recognize that this is an extraordinary opportunity for America, that we face great challenges but there are great opportunities as well. I think you are going to find the American people coming together and voting for real change on November 6th."
Romney wrapped up his short talk saying, "On November 6th, we can't lose. We are going to get America back, we are going to strengthen this country, going to get people to work. This is our time, your time. Let's take back America and keep it the hope for the earth. Thank you so very much!"
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