Woman Who Got Cash From Romney to Attend Rally
Sarah B. Boxer, traveling with the Romney campaign, reports:
ROCK HILL, S.C.--The unemployed woman who got a handful of cash from Mitt Romney said today she plan to attend his campaign rally tonight--as Romney for the first time appeared to refer to her in a speech as an example of the pain caused by unemployment.
At a rally this morning in Spartanburg, Romney said the stories of those who are jobless "just breaks your heart."
"I spoke with a woman the other day who, with tears running down her face said, 'Can you find me a job? I'm looking for a job,'" Romney said. "9.9 percent unemployment in South Carolina. It just breaks your heart to see what's happening across the country."
Romney did not mention the woman, Ruth Williams, by name. The campaign initially said he was referring to her, but later said he was talking about someone else.
The campaign has not said that Williams will officially be a part of any campaign related events. She told CBS News she is just going to hang signs beforehand and express her support for Romney this evening.
Williams, who is 55, said today that she's still looking for work, but continues to volunteer at Romney's South Carolina campaign headquarters.
She said she has been cleaning around the office and cooking for staffers since last week - and even made them a batch of spaghetti this afternoon.
"People wonder why people do things for free," Williams said, "but his staff is so kind."
Romney handed Williams the cash--about $50 or $60--after he spotted her at after a rally in Sumter.
Williams had met Romney days before, after she saw his campaign bus at a stop sign in the Columbia area.
"I was on the highway praying and said God tell me how to get [my house] lights on, and I pulled up to a stop sign and his bus was there," she said.
She followed the bus to the airport, where Romney was arriving from Manchester, N.H. She told staffers that she had been unemployed since October and was hoping to meet Romney.
The staffers directed Williams to a rally later that evening, and Romney ended up meeting her after the event. She told him her story as she fought back tears.
Williams said Romney told her to reach out to local officials for help. She said he also asked if she was living in a homeless shelter. Williams responded that she wasn't yet, but might need to.
"We need work," she said. "We need a president that will give us work."
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