(ABC NEWS) DETROIT – Standing on the 30-yard line of Detroit’s Ford Field, Mitt Romney delivered what was billed as a major economic speech before a crowd of about 1,200 supporters on Friday.

In his crucial home state of Michigan,  Romney reiterated his new tax plan to applause from an audience dwarfed by the scope of the stadium that seats up to 80,000 spectators.

The Romney campaign promised an economic policy speech on filled with major new policy initiatives, but as it turned out, the venue may have been too big for his message.   The supporters, sitting in folding chairs on the field of the indoor football stadium that is home to the NFL’s Detroit Lions, were surrounded by tens of thousands of empty seats.

“I want to thank the folks at the Ford Field for making this space available for us,” Romney said. “I guess we had a hard time finding a large enough place to meet and this certainly is.”

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