Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered up predictions for the Democratic National Convention to cheering supporters at a rally Saturday, Aug. 25, in Powell.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered up predictions for the Democratic National Convention to cheering supporters at a rally Saturday, Aug. 25, in Powell.

"(President Obama) will have all sorts of promises to offer again," Romney said. "He'll tell you how much better things are now, but you know, this time we have more than just words. We have his record.

"And we understand the big gap between what he promises and hopes and what he actually delivers, and that's why, this November, the people of Ohio are going to make sure we get a Republican in the White House and take back America."

About 5,000 people filed into Village Green Park Saturday morning to cheer on the former Massachusetts governor and his vice presidential running mate, Wisconsin state Rep. Paul Ryan.

Supporters waved signs backing the presidential nominee, as well as state Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is vying for a seat in the U.S. Senate in November.

Mandel and Ohio Gov. John Kasich introduced Ryan to cheers and applause.

Ryan touted Romney's record in Massachusetts and in the private sector, and accused Obama of running a campaign "based on anger and frustration."

"This is the third president I have served under and this is the most partisan, bitter atmosphere I have ever seen," Ryan said. "When Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, a Democratic state, he was a Republican governor with a legislature controlled 87 percent by the Democrats. What did this man do? He didn't demonize. He reached across the aisle and he balanced the budget without raising taxes."

Romney told the crowd that the president's vision for America is one in which big government stifles personal freedoms and squelches entrepreneurship.

"He believes the government is the fundamental source of our strength and vitality," Romney said.

"The job of the government is to protect the freedoms of the people so they can build a better life for themselves and their communities."

This week, Romney was scheduled to accept a formal nomination to become his party's candidate for the 2012 presidential race at the Republic National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Meanwhile, Obama's supporters are gearing up for a hard fight in Delaware County this fall. Last Thursday, Aug. 23, they opened the county's first Obama campaign office at 117 S. Sandusky St. in Delaware.

The office held a small rally to celebrate the opening, drawing about 110 supporters. Speakers included Aaron Pickrell, senior director of the president's campaign in Ohio.

Obama backers gathered again Monday, Aug. 27, for the grand opening of another campaign office in Powell. Former Ohio first lady Frances Strickland spoke at the opening event.

Aakash Parikch is a neighborhood team leader for the president's campaign in the city of Delaware. He said the local office is seeking volunteers to make phone calls and knock on doors in the months leading up to the election.

Parikch, 29, said he has a personal stake in the outcome of the presidential race. He suffers from Tourette's syndrome, a neurological condition of the brain, and said provisions of Obama's health-care law helped him afford treatment.

After surgery, he can now drive and live independently, and he got a promotion at work, he said.

"It changed every facet of my life," Parikch said. "Everything that was uncertain before my treatment has now become crystal-clear to me."

Romney has pledged to repeal the law if he is elected.

Parikch also touted the president's support of grants to help low-income students afford college and said Ohioans should note that Romney opposed the 2008 bailout of the auto industry, which he said ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of jobs in the state.