Photos: Craig Romney says supporters across the state are praying for his dad
Mitt Romney says that our rights come from God -- and Craig Romney says his father's success will come from God hearing the prayers of Colorado residents across the state. This was one message at an early vote rally yesterday afternoon in which Craig, Mitt's youngest son, told fans that his favorite comment from supporters is when they say they're praying for the Romney family.
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"As I've traveled around the country and spoken to voters...I hear two things consistently," Romney told a crowd of supporters outside the campaign's Denver office on Cook Street. "First is, I have never volunteered. I've never been to a rally. I've never made phone calls. I've never made a donation...and I ask people why is that this is the first time you're doing that. Most of the time, they'll say this is the most important election of my lifetime -- and it certainly is of mine."
Later in his speech, Romney, who championed his father at a Lakewood event targeting Latino voters last month, said, "The second thing I hear consistently is, 'We're praying for your family. We're praying for your father.'
Sam Levin Craig Romney in Denver.
"And I'll tell you what -- that is my favorite thing I get to hear on the road, and we are so grateful for your prayers. We know that God hears prayers and He blesses this country. And we know that this is a special country that we live in," he continued. "We're grateful for the liberties we enjoy."
Romney was joining the local campaign for the "Romney-Ryan Commit to Mitt Early Vote Express Tour Bus" that has been making stops throughout the state encouraging residents to cast their ballots in advance of election day. The state's top Democrats held a similar event a week earlier, pushing early votes for the president on the first day that residents could cast ballots.
The Craig Romney campaign stop yesterday came on the same day the Romney team cancelled Colorado rallies with Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan originally scheduled for today due to Hurricane Sandy and its devastation on the East Cost. The Obama camp also cancelled a Colorado event featuring the president that was scheduled for today.
However, the natural disaster is not stopping the candidates' surrogates and direct family members from pushing the campaigns forward in the key swing state of Colorado. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, spoke to Lakewood volunteers for Obama on Sunday night and Bill Clinton has rallies scheduled in Commerce City and Denver today. While Romney the candidate has worked to direct his focus to the hurricane, asking supporters to donate toward relief efforts, Craig Romney yesterday made no mention of the devastating storm during his remarks.
Instead, he promoted his dad's resume and personal character to the crowd in a county that leans toward Obama, but -- with more than 79,000 registered Republicans -- is still important to Romney campaign in what is expected to be an incredibly tight race.
Continue for more from Craig Romney's speech and for more photos from the campaign stop.