Barack Obama and Mitt Romney covet Colorado's swingers

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Barack Obama.
Exactly four years after Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination in Denver, he returned to Colorado, telling a crowd of students and other fans at Colorado State University that this state's vote is key in his re-election -- and that whoever wins Colorado will win the presidency.

And it could be true. Against all odds, Colorado, with just nine electoral votes, is among a handful of key swing states -- with a core of undecided, swing voters. In 2008, it went with Obama -- only the fourth time the state backed a Democratic presidential candidate in sixty years.

But in voter registration, this state is a purple mountain majesty: More than a third of the voters are unaffiliated, with the rest breaking down into roughly a third Republican and a third Democrat, although the GOPs have a slight edge. And polls show that Mitt Romney and Obama are in a dead heat in this state. Although Karl Rove, a top GOP strategist who grew up in Colorado, doesn't agree with Obama on anything, Rove agrees on the importance of Colorado in this year's election.

We play the numbers game in this week's cover story, "Purple Haze." And we also offer our look at Red State/Blue State -- and how you know which color Colorado you're living in. A clue: If you're for the Trader Joe's going in at Eighth and Colorado Boulevard, you're blue. If you're for the Walmart proposed for Ninth and Colorado, you're red.

Look for the feature later today, with more material to follow. And watch for Obama to come back to Colorado this weekend, and many, many more times after that.

After all, this state is full of swingers!

Then-Denver City Council president Elbra Wedgeworth led the charge to bring the 2008 DNC here. Read more in "Democratic National Convention in 2008 still has Denver planners a mile high."

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RobertChase topcommenter

I want to go yell at the President, but I'm not anxious to make myself the first victim of HR 341 (though one has to suppose that the Establishment will be slightly more chary to apply it than it was enthusiastic to pass it).  The media seems confused:  hard on the heels of a political piece in Reuters ( drawing the demographically logical conclusion that Obama's chances in Colorado may depend upon a large turnout of young voters voting for Amendment 64, WW and others, having paid too much attention to us radicals railing against Obama for his Injustice Department's depredations against medical cannabis, seem to suppose to the contrary that voters for Amendment 64 would not support the President.  Most voters are far less informed than activists seem to imagine, and cannabis as a political issue has the most resonance among the young, which explains how a high turnout of young voters for Amendment 64 could paradoxically boost the political chances of a President unwilling to take on the prohibitionist parasites in the Federal government.


Journalists and pollsters alike should be investigating the issue of whether the prospect of being able to vote for Amendment 64 will drive youth turnout.  From my perspective, the deficiencies of the Amendment and the rabid invective of opponents are mostly irrelevant to the political process, yet that negativity and the general disenchantment of activists with this Administration must contribute in some way to the political gestalt.  The inadequacies of this President and of Amendment 64 may be driving an apathy potentially fatal to his hopes for reelection.  The issue of cannabis remains almost invisible on the national stage, the President does not have the word "decriminalization" in his vocabulary, and none of his campaign efforts relate to the issue, yet he now haunts our campuses.  He may be in the right places, but deliberately ignoring an issue important to students in repeated visits may not generate the enthusiasm among the young that his campaign knows is requisite for his success, no matter how much time he spends in Colorado between now and the election.


I live right by Regis and am surrounded by students .

I've tried on several occasions to discuss politics only

to find MAYBE two out of at least twenty , were even


Why aren't we seeing more of our young voicing concerns ?

Do they even care ? Do they understand ?

It immediately brings to question what the kids are being taught in school these days .

Part of becoming an adult and going to school is getting politically involved when the election year rolls around . I'm not seeing this in Colorado really anywhere......


 @RobertChase Print up some 'OBAMA in 2012' rolling papers and throw out 'doobies' during his rallies on the campuses .....

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @RobertChase So you assert that besides A64 being an abject FRAUD, it might even be responsible for the election of a multi-millionaire Mormon Repuglykkkan and his Reich-wing Sidekick to The White House ?


Wow! ... A64 REALLY SUCKS ... it might DESTROY the ENTIRE U$A !!



DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Juan_Leg ... unless they can vote via Facebook or Twitter, they don't care.


Given the depravity of their intelligence, perhaps that's for the better.



RobertChase topcommenter

 @DonkeyHotay No, the opposition of extremists (and of agents provocateurs) to Amendment 64 and the President's failure to address the issue of ending Prohibition might subtly contribute to the election of the Greater Fascist Party's candidate.  Unless you are being paid for it, you might want to re-think your strategy of suppressing the pro-cannabis vote -- it might lose Obama Colorado!  You cannot improve the President's sorry record on cannabis, but you could support a measure which will bring at least some young voters otherwise not likely to vote to the polls.


November 6, vote to legalize growing and using a little cannabis;


*******   Vote Yes on Amendment 64!   *******

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