Mitt Romney visited the Jefferson County fairgrounds in Golden, Colo., on Thursday morning in his first campaign stop after returning from his European tour.
Romney listed five major policy failures of President Obama in his speech: American energy independence; fostering achievement through education; gains in the global economy, specifically over China; balancing the U.S. budget; and championing small businesses.
Colorado boasts a large energy sector, and the presumptive Republican presidential candidate devoted four minutes to that part of Obama’s “report card” in his 25 minute speech. “Get us energy independence!” Romney encouraged attendees.
“One of the things we’re going to do is to really open up federal lands and private lands for drilling, oil and gas,” Romney said, to big applause. He referred to the American “energy reserves” he has previously said he would survey and develop.
“I like renewables, we’re going to continue to see wind and solar important parts of the growth of our energy resources,” Romney continued, though quickly moving onto the topic of the Keystone XL Pipeline before the crowd could respond. Golden is known as a wind energy hub, and Romney has said he supports ending a wind energy tax credit.
“And by the way, we are going to build that pipeline to bring oil in from Canada,” he said, and was by shoutsof approval.
Romney heads for Basalt, Colo. Thursday evening for a campaign event.