Colorado

  1. Two of the 17,000 in attendance cheer as Mitt Romney makes his final appearance in Colorado. Romney spoke primarily on the downfalls of the Obama presidency and his own approach to “real change” at Fiddler’s Green in Englewood, Colo., Saturday evening.

    Two of the 17,000 in attendance cheer as Mitt Romney makes his final appearance in Colorado. Romney spoke primarily on the downfalls of the Obama presidency and his own approach to “real change” at Fiddler’s Green in Englewood, Colo., Saturday evening.

  2. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have made their final 2012 campaign appearances in swing state Colorado.

    Romney drew 17,000 to Fiddler’s Green in Englewood, Colo., Saturday evening and Obama hosted 20,000 at Community College of Aurora late Sunday evening.

    In the last weekend of the campaigns, Romney told Coloradans that he can offer “real change,” which Obama continued to dispute.

    "The question of this election comes down to this – do you want more of the same or do you want real change?" Romney said Saturday night. "President Obama promised change but he could not deliver change. Now I promise change and I have a record of achieving real change."

    Obama retorted Sunday night that Romney’s policies are not new. “You’ve got to give him credit, Gov. Romney is a pretty talented salesman, and in this campaign, he’s tried as hard as he can to repackage the same old bad ideas that didn’t work and offer them up as new ideas, he says they’re change,” Obama said.

    "You know what real change looks like. I’ve got the stars to prove it, I’ve got the grey hair to show it," he said. An audience member yelled, "And it looks good, baby!"

    "I appreciate that," Obama said.

    The candidates remain locked in Colorado polls, though Republicans lead in early voting. Paul Ryan will campaign in Johnstown, Colo., near livestock and agriculture-rich Greeley on Monday. It is expected to be the last candidate visit before the Nov. 6 election.

  3. Obama’s $1.34 million lead in Colorado fundraising is not necessarily translating into a lead in votes.

    Republicans lead in Colorado early voting by a margin of 38 percent to 35 percent. According to The Atlantic, 80 percent of Colorado’s electorate voted early in 2008. Molly Ball writes:

    Democrats say they are leading among “non-midterm voters” who are voting early. But there’s no getting around it: Republicans — who lost the early vote in Colorado by 4 points in 2008 — are winning it this time, and the early vote is a huge majority of the total vote in this state Obama won by 9 points in 2008.

  4. A Denver Post poll has concluded that nearly 70 percent of Coloradans support legal recognition for gay couples. Released Friday, the poll shows that 36 percent support marriage rights for gay couples and 32 percent support civil unions.
A bill that would allow civil unions in Colorado has been approved by the Democrat-controlled Colorado state Senate for two straight years, but has always died in the Republican-controlled House.
The poll has been released as Republicans lead in early presidential voting in the state of Colorado.
the-adventures-of-captain-falcon:

Yeaaahhhhh #Colorado #pride #itsabouttime

    A Denver Post poll has concluded that nearly 70 percent of Coloradans support legal recognition for gay couples. Released Friday, the poll shows that 36 percent support marriage rights for gay couples and 32 percent support civil unions.

    A bill that would allow civil unions in Colorado has been approved by the Democrat-controlled Colorado state Senate for two straight years, but has always died in the Republican-controlled House.

    The poll has been released as Republicans lead in early presidential voting in the state of Colorado.

    the-adventures-of-captain-falcon:

    Yeaaahhhhh #Colorado #pride #itsabouttime

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  5. A reminder that an incumbent president’s job is still ongoing in the final days of elections:  

    "I could just fall apart, my back is killing me, my head is hurting, I’ve been up all day," Lyndon B. Johnson says in this recording (skip to 5:10) from the day of the 1964 election. "It’s been a wonderful evening, a very touching evening, but I got so sore today, I didn’t realize how much I’ve been doing."

    lbjlibrary:

    Nov. 3, 1964. Even in the midst of Election Day, Vietnam is still on LBJ’s mind. He speaks with McGeorge Bundy at 5.11 PM about politics and the recent attack on U.S. forces at Bien Hoa Airfield. 

    (via ourpresidents)

    lbjlibrary »

  6. Paul Ryan and surrogates for both presidential campaigns have not left the plains of Colorado out of their final visits in the last hours before the election. Although the suburbs of Denver, where the Rocky Mountains are still visible, are the hub of Colorado’s undecided voters, the northeastern farmland part of the state is also getting considerable attention.

    Actress Alexis Bledel and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) stumped for Obama in Greeley on Saturday and Ryan will be back in Greeley on Monday.

    The plains, mainly comprised in Colorado’s 4th congressional district, have swung from being a competitive district to a safe seat for Republican Rep. Cory Gardner after the 2010 Census and redistricting. The cattle country represents a national Republican mood that is distinctly anti-Obama, according to Megan MacColl at Claremont McKenna College

    arthistorygeek:

    The eastern plains of Colorado. Love seeing the patterns that result from farming and from water flow.

    (via arthistorygeek-deactivated20140)

  7. When disaster strikes, we see America at its best, the petty differences that consume us in normal times, they all seem to melt away. We saw it here in Colorado with the fires this summer, and then the terrible tragedy in Aurora, in moments like these we are reminded that there are no Democrats or Republicans during a crisis, just fellow Americans.”

    - President Obama speaking on the University of Colorado - Boulder campus Thursday evening. It was Obama’s first campaign day since addressing Hurricane Sandy.
  8. Barack Obama made his 12th campaign stop in Colorado Thursday evening, when he touched down at University of Colorado-Boulder’s Coors Events Center.

    Greeted by 10,000 people — slightly fewer than his first two visits to the university — Obama spoke about continuing his 2008 sentiment of hope and change, which Allison Sherry at The Denver Post calls his "stick with me" message.

    "We’ve gotten done so much and we’ve never lost sight of the vision that we share, that you would have a voice, that there would be someone at the table fighting every day for middle class Americans," Obama said.

    As expected, the Thursday visit will not be the president’s last before the election. His campaign has tentatively announced a trip to the Community College of Aurora on Sunday, in the Denver suburb where the mass movie theater shooting occurred on July 20.

  9. Abigael, 4, started crying after listening to NPR news on the radio with her mother on the way to the grocery store.

    "I’m tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney," Abigael said when her mother, a resident of Fort Collins, Colorado, asked her why she was crying.

    The video, widely circulated on social media sites Wednesday, is representative of the sentiment many in swing state Colorado have reached. 

    Wednesday afternoon, NPR’s Mark Memmott wrote:

    On behalf of NPR and all other news outlets, we apologize to Abigael and all the many others who probably feel like her. We must confess, the campaign’s gone on long enough for us, too. Let’s just keep telling ourselves: “Only a few more days, only a few more days, only a few more days.”

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