WHNT Exclusive: Mitt Romney To Visit Huntsville

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The man who some believe will be the next president is coming to Huntsville next month.

Multiple sources close to Mitt Romney's campaign confirm that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee will visit Huntsville on July 16th for a fundraiser at the Von Braun Center. U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) is a supporter of Romney's, and reportedly laid the groundwork for the event.

Sources told WHNT News 19 that Governor Romney will focus much of his speech on the economy and missile defense, a jab at recent defense cuts implemented by President Obama and his administration.

Romney has been steadily building his campaign war chest across the country, preparing for a general election campaign that some say will be the most vicious ever. State Rep. Mike Ball (R-Madison) endorsed Romney earlier this year, and calls next month's visit a pivotal part of Team Romney's overall strategy.

"Governor Romney will be coming to Huntsville, and we look forward to having him," said Ball, who predicted that Romney's appearance would energize local donors with deep pockets. "You can rest assured that President Obama and his machine will certainly have a lot of money to spend, and it's extremely important that we go toe-to-toe with him... I do know that he [Romney] understands the importance of space and missile defense to the safety of our country... Candidates have to raise money everywhere, and our money in Alabama is just as good as New York money."

Mitt Romney narrowly lost the Alabama primary to former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum in March. Ann Romney visited Huntsville the day before the primary, rallying supporters at a local diner.

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