Photos: Mitt Romney talks report cards, Obamacare, Missy Franklin in Jeffco

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Mitt Romney
Underscoring the importance of Colorado in the presidential election -- and the significance of Jefferson County in the race to win this key swing state -- Mitt Romney held a rally today in Golden, marking his first campaign stop since returning from his trip in Europe.

Earlier today at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, the former Massachusetts governor and presumptive Republican presidential nominee addressed a packed room of more than a thousand supporters, who screamed lines like "Go, Mitt, go!" and "Colorado women love you!" during the event.

Romney first gave shout-outs to Republican congressional candidate Joe Coors and Missy Franklin, "a Colorado girl with a big heart," before briefly referencing the Aurora theater shooting. Echoing comments President Barack Obama made when he came to Colorado and visited victims of the shooting, Romney told the crowd that he spoke with a girl who was hit in the face by a bullet in Aurora -- another "Colorado girl with a big heart."

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Sam Levin
He added, "I guess maybe by applause we show how united we are with the tragedy of those people," prompting cheers from the audience.

Then he quickly moved on to Obama bashing.

Romney brought along a presidential "report card" that he said shows how the economic policies of President Barack Obama have failed, explaining how he has the record from his time as governor to "restore" the United States.

"Ever since I was in elementary school, we had report cards," Romney said. "I'm gonna be a little more straightforward with grading today, because, you see, when the president was here as a candidate, accepting the nomination four years ago in Colorado, he laid out the report card on which he hoped to be judged by.... He went through one-by-one the things he would use to evaluate whether he was making progress or not."

Romney, scoring some laughs and boos from the audience, went through the president's campaign promises, referencing an "accountability scorecard" his campaign gave out to attendees. It had a bunch of red arrows for Obama's record and a bunch of green arrows for Romney's Massachusetts record in areas like jobs, unemployment, home prices, budget deficit and family income.

"The president has been unsuccessful in his number one objective [of job creation]," said Romney, who hasn't campaigned in the Denver metro area since February.

"I know that in campaigns, talk can be cheap. You can say anything. But results, if they're not done the right way, they can be real expensive and you look at this president and he talked about a number of things he was gonna do," Romney said. "He got a lot of people excited...but those people are disappointed.... I know he will be able to speak eloquently and describe all the great things he's doing and what he's going to do. But look at the results.... His policies have not worked. They have not got America back to work again."

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Sam Levin
The crowd was particularly energetic, giving lengthy cheers and standing ovations when Romney mentioned the importance of repealing Obamacare as well as the failures that come from raising taxes.

In his speech, Romney laid out a five-point plan to support the middle class -- emphasized by large banners in the room that read: "The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class."

"Now I wanna lay out for you specifically what I'm gonna do," Romney said. "It's five things, all right? Five things we're gonna do. I want you to remember five things."

This request of his was supported by signs behind him listing those five things:
energy independence, "the skills to succeed" (i.e. better education), trade that works for America, cutting the deficit and championing small businesses.

Page down to read more of his speech and comments from supporters.

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23 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

How about MAJOR tax breaks and exemptions to all who convert over to Mormonism...???

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

He reminds me so much of that candidate in that 1980's Steven King film,

that was either going to be the end of the world or kills his self.

If I were a praying man,  I would do so for the latter......

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

He reminds me of a male,

Carole Chambers......

John Hourihan
John Hourihan

“Hain’t we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain’t that a big enough majority in any town?” - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn There are those who are living a political fantasy spouting the bumper sticker logic of “Obama is a socialist,” or “The democrats own the Supreme Court,“ or the “Don’t gut our military,” or “the president has declared war on family values,” or “Obama is against religion,“ or Obama wants to take our guns.” Like sheep we listen to this. Why? Because it is all frightening, and presidential campaigns against an incumbent president have always been based on fear. But does any of this hold up? Flawed logic 1 Elder conservatives, most of whom are on Medicare and collecting Social Security checks, both of which are born of socialist policies, complain that the president is a socialist, espouse the axiom of, “Keep the government out of my home,” neglecting to say out loud “that is except when it is delivering its socialist checks or paying for my hospital visits.” Flawed logic 2 Many of those who want the government to stop spending billions fighting foreign wars and spend the money in this country to strengthen the economy also rail against the president for wanting to cut the defense budget. But it is only logical that once you begin to wind down the wars, as the president has done in both Iraq and Afghanistan, what economic good would it be if he continued to budget the same amount of money for defense? If, when you dial down the wars in order to cut down on how much money you spend on them, how do you spend the money at home unless you first cut the defense budget? Flawed logic 3 Disgruntled Republicans say the Democrats have declared Obamacare to be constitutional when it is not. But a political party doesn’t decide what is constitutional. That is the job of the Supreme Court, and in this case the justice who was the swing vote on the constitutionality of the new health care law was appointed by a Republican President and is a known conservative. Flawed logic 4 The new right says it is unconscionable to deny marriage to a couple because they are black but it is just fine to do the same thing because the couple is the same sex. They are against abortion and against providing contraception. Flawed logic 5 They complain that the unemployment rate is too high, but the radical conservative tea party posts on its website a letter by conservative activist, Melissa Brookstone asking small business owners to refrain from hiring anyone until they get their way in the upcoming election. This reminds me of Richard Nixon saying he had a plan to end the war in Vietnam but he wouldn’t tell anyone unless the country re-elected him. Between the campaign and the election another 5,000 soldiers died in Vietnam. Flawed logic 6 Radical Republican tea partiers say they are tired of the status quo and want the government to make a real difference in how the country is run. Then in early 2011 they hold a summit in Phoenix Arizona. They poll the 1,600 people attending the meeting regarding their preference for a 2012 presidential candidate and Herman Cain won with 22%. Runners up were Tim Pawlenty (16%), Ron Paul (15%) and Sarah Palin (10%). And that has nothing to do with reality. If you want to listen to the bumper sticker logic, and sadly cast your vote based on this unsubstantiated nonsense, please remember that you are most likely jumping into line with all those people Twain was talking about, and the saddest think for all of you, unless you are a millionaire, would be if your vote helped Mitt Romney win. www.johnhourihan.wordpress.com

Don Tacho
Don Tacho

What was he doing here anyways? Sending Coors' jobs to China?

Jeff Baird
Jeff Baird

BTW sheeple are those who believe in what the main-stream media fees them Baaaah rock

David Spohn
David Spohn

Scott is so old it's no surprise he is eating out of the trough that Romney built for sheep like him. Do us a favor and go to a retirement home and save us your Alzheimer's delusions! If you think that devil is hope you must be a demon yourself.

Jeff Baird
Jeff Baird

Oh and this current administration does? we can not afford 4 more years of this BS, wasting billions of our tax payer dollars in failed programs,I for 1 have had it with the foodstamps,unemployment and supposed to be health care.3 years of it !!!

Mike Dennis
Mike Dennis

Any chance we can get him to go back to Europe?

Scott Amelang
Scott Amelang

FRICKIN IDIOTS..HOPE & CHANGE ..BS..How about Lies & Shame..Get with it Dem"s..BO"S ship is sinking in November..!!

David Spohn
David Spohn

Hey Scott, you are smoking some good shit! Remove your head from my arse first ass hat ! Because you are so full of shit your eyes are brown! Do me a favor and go be a sheep in another country, we don't need more mindless morons in this country!

Scott Amelang
Scott Amelang

@David Spohn,he"s America"s LAST hope..Grab your ears and pull real hard..!!

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

Myth Romney is just that. In his own mind he seems to think that he was a great Gov in Mass. but lets see the grades those people give him for lowering unemployment, reducing red tape and costs for small businesses, and how he helped Mass become energy independant?

David Spohn
David Spohn

I hope someone runs him off the road the fucking evil prick. He should not be able to say "Ends meat" Or "Help Americans!" He knows shit about either!!

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

Sam Levin

. I hope this doesnt get you in trouble with your co workers, or affect your writing. But you are too good for the Westword bro. Your write honestly without your own views shadowing. You deliver the news and I thank you

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Figures that Jeffco would be the bastion for Repigs and Teatards insane enough to support the Multi-Millionaire Mormon.

 

 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @rockiesfever Let me reassure you, rockiesfever, that we at Westword appreciate Sam's writing. We'll strive to reach his standard. Thanks for the post.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

 @DonkeyHotay How is bashing him for being a mormon any worse than dipshits who bash obama for being black?

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @rockiesfever  -- figures a knuckle-dragging obese sports fanatic like you can't differentiate between innate race / skin color and a chosen pile of Superstitious Nonsense.

 

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