Obama in Golden, Colorado: Is the ninth time the charm?
President Barack Obama was back in Colorado this morning, marking his ninth visit to the state this year and his third campaign stop here in just three weeks. The crowd of thousands flocking to Golden -- and the surrounding traffic jams and street closures -- served as yet another reminder that Colorado remains one of the most important swing states in the election.
But it's not about Obama. It's about the people!
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This was part of the president's message in his roughly half-hour speech, delivered in Lions Park in front of more than 8,000 supporters cheering on the president, who had the mountains behind him, forming a picturesque Colorado background.
"The power is...in your hands.... The election four years ago wasn't about me. It was about you," the president said toward the end of his speech. "You were the change. You're the ones who made it happen. You're the reason that there's a teacher and her husband in Pueblo who can help buy their first home with the help of new tax credits. You're the reason that a woman outside Durango can get the treatment she needs for breast cancer.... You're the reason seniors across Colorado are saving an average of nearly $600 every year on prescription drugs because of Obamacare. And it's true, I do care. That's why we pushed it. You care, that's why we made it happen."
Sam Levin Crowd at Lions Park in Golden.
And on and on the president continued, explaining why his accomplishments -- in the areas of immigration, gay rights, bringing troops home and more -- are really their accomplishments.
"The only way America keeps moving forward is if you don't stop. You can't buy into the cynicism that the other side is selling. You can't let them convince you somehow that change is impossible," he said. "If you give up on the idea that your voice makes a difference, then other people rush in to fill the void -- the lobbyists, the special interests, the folks who are writing the ten million dollar checks to run all those negative ads, the folks who are trying to make it harder for you to vote. Washington politicians who want to decide...who you can marry and what kind of health care women should get. We can't let that happen, Colorado. That's why I need your help."
With both parties' national conventions done, Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have entered the home stretch in the tight race and we can expect frequent visits from both candidates between now and November, including for the first national debate, on October 3 at the University of Denver.
For the Obama campaign, the effort is often very focused on registering voters and making sure those who support the president actually vote -- which conservative pundit Dick Morris said will not happen.
Obama emphasized the importance of voting today by telling people in the crowd to tell their friends and family members to vote and reminding them that he is the better choice for, well, everyone.
"We've gone too far to turn back now," the president said. "We've got more doors of opportunity to open to everybody who's willing to work hard and walk through them. Everybody! Black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, young, old, gay, straight...everybody! That's what I'm asking."
Sam Levin Barack Obama
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