Mitt Romney on "supercharged" campaign, "handiwork of our creator" at Red Rocks

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Standing in front of around 10,000 supporters at by far his most extravagant Colorado rally of the presisdential race, Mitt Romney last night took in the breathtaking sight of Red Rocks Amphitheatre filled with cheering swing-state voters who want him to be the next president.

"Wow, that's a Colorado welcome, I gotta tell you," he said.

"Boy, what a place this is," he continued. "To come here and look at these extraordinary mountains.... You look at the handiwork of our creator and it's just overwhelming."

Speaking to the crowd alongside running mate Paul Ryan, who has been quick to mention his love of the mountains on his frequent Colorado visits, Romney quickly pivoted from his appreciation of the outdoor venue to offering his take on the state of the campaign exactly two weeks before election day.

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Slide show: Romney and Ryan at Red Rocks
It's the narrative his campaign is pushing in the final countdown: Romney is on the rise and gaining the momentum he needs to win. To some, he is still riding the wave from the president's botch debate performance in Denver -- and Romney's team is presenting the Obama campaign as one that is struggling to maintain its lead.

This story is one the Romney campaign hopes will provide the final chapter in Colorado, where most polls show the two in a statistical dead heat -- making the state a total toss-up in the final weeks, and one that is a crucial ingredient in the path to victory.

To bolster excitement, the campaign also brought out Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins last night.

"Now, I'm not sure how busy you've been the last few weeks, but did you get a chance to watch the debates?" he asked the crowd, prompting loud screams and cheers. "They have supercharged our campaign, I've gotta tell you that. And you know, we're on the home stretch now. and I think the people of Colorado are going to get us all the way there. What do you think?"

He continued, "What you're seeing across this country...you're seeing this movement growing. You're seeing people coming together to say, 'We love America. We recognize we can do better.' I came in and some of the folks here were holding signs, 'Democrats for Romney.' I love that. I love that!"

They weren't exactly random folks, but rather a group strategically placed on stage just behind Romney and Ryan, forming the backdrop visible in the large monitors projecting both of their speeches to the huge crowd. After Romney's comments, Ryan pushed the point further, walking over and shaking the Dems' hands before they continued on with the rally.

In the final days of the race, it is the undecided or on-the-fence voters who will make the difference in Colorado, a state where the unaffiliated group is larger than those registered as Democrats or Republicans.

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Photo by Brandon Marshall
Slide show: Romney and Ryan at Red Rocks
The importance of swaying those swing voters came through in both of the candidates' speeches.

"Paul and I have a few things in common. One is, we both learned how to reach across the aisle in our elected office to find ways to work with Democrats, Republicans, independents to get the job done and we need you to reach across the neighborhood to Democrats and independents as well," Romney said. "Make sure they understand that this is a year to vote for real change if you want to have real recovery. I need you to get those folks to vote for us."

It was a theme in Ryan's introduction speech as well. He said, "When he was governor of a Democratic state, did he demean and demoralize...the Democrats? No! He reached across the aisle."

Continue for more from Romney's speech, comments from supporters and more photos of Red Rocks.


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Rebecca Leigh Randolph
Rebecca Leigh Randolph

all of you like to comment about how romney views things and in doing that, you're only making it obvious that you really don't know anything about his views....you just keep repeating the same old crap that you've used to stereotype conservatives with for years!! the left thinks that everyone on the right subscribes to group think just like they do but we each have our own brains and views on things....you liberals are so concerned with towing the party line that you all just repeat the same talking points like you're just stuck on stupid

Jonny D Foxtrot
Jonny D Foxtrot

It's ALL made-up fairy tale bullshit, no matter what brand of religion you're espousing...

Luke Henderson
Luke Henderson

Nothing more fun than watching one religion bash another for being 'silly'.

Bengy Martinez
Bengy Martinez

Oh mormonism also believes that Jesus Christ and Lucifer are spirit "brothers" LMFAO

Sallie Thurmond Schaper
Sallie Thurmond Schaper

A nice article & great pics too. Appreciate the fair take on the event. My comment may be the only nice thing posted considering what everyone else is bloviating about. Typical..

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

Always playing up to the white, conservative christians that make up the Republican Party NOthing new here .

Bengy Martinez
Bengy Martinez

The Bible states over and over there is only ONE! He is the Alpha and the Omega...

Bengy Martinez
Bengy Martinez

roMONEYS God isn't three same as BIBLICAL TEACHINGS. Mormon (first published in 1830) seems to teach a strongly Judaic monotheism with modalistic (God is only one person manifesting in three modes) overtones (see Alma 11:26-31, 38; Moroni 8:18; Mosiah 3:5-8; 7:27; 15:1-5), while the equally authoritative Pearl of Great Price (first published in 1851) clearly teaches that more than one God exists (see Abraham 4-5). This is why a number of Mormon scholars have argued that their theology evolved from a traditional monotheism to a uniquely American polytheism.10

Ann Hartman
Ann Hartman

I believe it was the handiwork of FDR's federally (as in government) sponsored CCC.

Steven Toth
Steven Toth

Who's the creator? How about you leave religion out of it mittens!

J.L. Benet
J.L. Benet

It was an interesting choice of places to hold a rally, considering Mitt's view of spending government monies on such project.

Jeb Bennett
Jeb Bennett

Handiwork of the New Deal government work projects as well as our creator!

Burma Domenico
Burma Domenico

He's trying to appeal to the religious right. Votes...

Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy

As he creates all of these tax breaks for his rich cronies and the middle class takes thd brunt of the fallout from this strategy...God better being doing a lot of handiwork for the regular Joe...because Mitt doesn't care about the little guy. iwo

Joey Buhrer
Joey Buhrer

The handiwork of secular government.

Charlie Whiskey
Charlie Whiskey

What about the government funds that helped build it?

Monkey
Monkey

The best part of the election will be when it's over. I know we like to pretend we have a voice and choosing a president is important, but it's really just to keep us distracted. No matter who "wins", the American people are still stuck with a giant douche or a turd sandwich. Our lives will not change but don't worry, when you realize the person you voted for is a schmuck, you can get all excited for voting for someone else to make your life better every 4 years. 

tobyjack
tobyjack

@DenverWestword I thought Red Rocks was the handiwork of the CCC!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Monkey  I vote every day of the week, every week of the year ... with my $$$.

 

You're right, you can't force them to even count your quadrennial vote, but you do get to decide how and where you spend every single dollar that passes through your hands.

 

Doing so conscientiously, avoiding evil Reich-wing Repuglycan businesses as often as possible, can and does help change the tide.

 

Vote with Your Wallet !!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @Monkey Another great post, Monkey -- and one deserving of being a Comment of the Day. Thanks for weighing in.

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