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In the final weeks of the election, one thing is clear: A very small margin of voters will ultimately determine the victor in Colorado, which has become one of the most important battleground states in the country. That was part of the message from First Lady Michelle Obama, who rallied voters yesterday afternoon just 25 miles south of the University of Denver, where Barack Obama's botched debate performance one week earlier continues to hurt him in swing state polls.

"It is now on us, right? Because we have to remember that all the wonderful and important hard work, all the progress that we've made, it is all on the line. It's all at stake this November," the First Lady told a crowd of more than 3,000 packed into the Douglas County Fairgrounds yesterday. "As my husband said...this election will be even closer than the last one. And it could all come down to what happens in just a few key battleground states, like right here in Colorado."

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While Obama focused on her husband's character and their personal relationship in her speech -- much like Ann Romney when she championed Mitt in a Colorado rally last week -- the First Lady also spent some time explaining just how important the final weeks of the campaign are for a state like Colorado.

"If you think back to what happened in 2008, Barack won Colorado by about 215,000 votes. And that might sound like a lot to some. But when you break that number down across precincts, that's just 73 votes per precinct. That was the margin of difference. 73 votes, you know?" she said. "And it's like that all over the country. The margin of difference in most elections is tangible. It's knowable. It's right here in this room! Because that could mean just a couple of votes in your neighborhood -- just a single vote in an apartment building or a dorm room."

She continued, "So this is what I want people to realize.... If there is anyone here who might be thinking that their vote doesn't matter...who thinks that in this big, complex political process, that ordinary folks can't possibly make a difference, I want you to think about those 73 votes. That's you. That is you. So, I want you all to focus on that number."

It was a coherent breakdown on why every vote in Colorado really is important -- in a speech delivered a day after the Secretary of State's office announced that Colorado has record-breaking voter registrations this year at 3.6 million. Indeed, Democrats have made gains in registrations here -- and the Obama team says it is now focused on turning those registrations into votes.

"A few of you could swing an entire precinct for Barack Obama, and if we win enough precincts, we will win this state, and if we win this state, we'll be well on our way to putting Barack Obama back in the White House for four more years," the First Lady said.

"Do me a favor -- for the next 26 days...talk to everyone you know. Talk to your friends, your neighbors, the folks on the fence, the folks who don't quite know how much progress we've been making -- that nephew you haven't seen in a while. Find him. Shake him up," she continued. "The classmate that you know isn't voting...the person that's going to fall asleep and not wake up on Election Day."

Continue for more from her speech and comments from supporters.



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CasLee

October 11, 2012

 

Hello, my fellow American voters!

I just finished watching the Ryan – Biden vice-presidential debate.

The 90-minute debate covered domestic policy and foreign policy.

For a transcript of the debate, see http://www.npr.org/2012/10/11/162754053/transcript-biden-ryan-vice-presidential-debate .

The areas covered tonight were:

(1) Libya (Benghazi) terrorist attack;

(2) Iran and acquisition of nuclear weapon capability;

(3) condition of the U.S. economy;

(4) medicare, social security, and entitlements;

(5) taxes and tax reform, spending and budget cuts;

(6) U.S. military policy;

(7) Afghanistan and terrorism;

(8) civil war in Syria;

(9) role that religion plays for the candidates in their views on abortion;

(10) American people dismayed by presidential campaign tactics (negative advertisements, tearing down each other, not building up the country, etc.).

As an independent, I support the Romney/Ryan ticket.

However, regardless of who I support, I must state objectively that tonight Ryan delivered a second win to the Romney/Ryan ticket.

Ryan’s win was two-fold.

First, he won substantively by addressing the issues and problems directly and without evasion so that the American people could know what Romney and he stand for and what to expect from them as president and vice-president.

Second, he won both because of and in spite of Biden’s consistently rude and disrespectful behavior during the 90 minutes of the debate.

Biden’s tactics to evade the issues and the truth were first and foremost disrespect to us Americans since the overwhelming majority of us watching the debate were interested in hearing from the candidates about facts, figures, forecasts, and solutions for real people with real problems.

Biden interrupted Ryan often, Biden laughed often while Ryan was talking, and Biden pointed his finger often.

In fact, Biden was so much more interested in preventing us Americans from hearing the truth as both sides see it than he was in giving all Americans the opportunity to make well-informed decisions after studying the candidates, their positions, and their actions.

I am quite disappointed in the atmosphere of the debate, first and foremost due to Biden’s rude and disrespectful tactics.

Romney and Obama were far more respectful to each other in their debate than Biden was to Ryan and us Americans in this debate.

As several people so very well noted about Biden’s ill-mannered behavior:

“Biden was on the defensive.

Biden interrupted, laughed, and pointed his finger a lot because he did not want the American people to hear what Ryan had to say.

Biden did not have respect towards Ryan.

Biden was trying his best to attempt to make the American people think that Ryan was not telling us the truth BUT the real truth of the matter is that Ryan was more straightforward, honest, and serious in his statements and much more respectful towards Biden.

This debate was much worse than the first debate because of Biden’s disrespect towards Ryan.

Biden came off as being fake due to his demeanor and his attitude.

During the debate Biden had one major “success” – annoying many of us Americans with his rude and disrespectful manner.”

Ryan won the debate with a high degree of respect towards the American people, Biden, and the moderator, Martha Raddatz.

Ryan won the debate with the very same traits that Romney exhibited - substance, integrity, clarity, facts, commitment, inspiration, and leadership.

But, as I have stated earlier, these debates are NOT about who wins but rather about who are the best people and in the best position in terms of qualifications and character to lead our country in the direction that our country needs to go to solve our problems and make life better for all Americans.

I continue to be inspired by the Romney/Ryan ticket!

I hope that you too are and continue to be inspired by them!

Best regards,

Cas Lee

 

October 3, 2012

 

Hello, my fellow American voters!

I just finished watching the 1st Romney – Obama debate.

It was on the economy, and it was so refreshing to be able to compare Romney’s and Obama’s views on the economy, without any of their “aides” and “campaign workers” interjecting their thoughts and attempting to “massage” various issues.

For a transcript and audio of the debate, see http://www.npr.org/2012/10/03/162258551/transcript-first-obama-romney-presidential-debate .

The areas covered tonight were:

(1)  jobs

(2)  budget deficit and debt

(3)  social security and entitlements

(4)  federal regulation of the economy

(5)  healthcare

(6)  the role of the federal government in the economy

(7)  partisan gridlock and how to handle it (i.e., how to get democrats, republicans, etc. to cooperate)

As you know, as an independent I support the Romney/Ryan ticket.

However, regardless of who I support, I must state objectively that Romney clearly won this 1st debate – I don’t even have to research who won since it was so very EVIDENT that Romney won.

In my estimation, from a substantive standpoint, Romney won “hands down” on 5 of the areas covered, and 2 of the areas were a toss-up (although in 1 of these 2 areas in my debate notes taken I wrote “Romney won or toss-up” which essentially means that Romney won but not to the “hands down” degree that he did on the other 5 areas).

Romney won the debate with substance, integrity, clarity, facts, commitment, and inspiration.

But these debates are NOT about who wins but rather about who is the best person and in the best position in terms of qualifications and character to lead our country in the direction that our country needs to go to solve our problems and make life better for all Americans.

I am inspired by the Romney/Ryan ticket!

I hope that you too are inspired by them!

Best regards,

Cas Lee

 

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