Photos: Mitt Romney tells 17,000 in Englewood he will win the election

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On Saturday morning, Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd in Arvada that a vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for a candidate who doesn't have confidence in average Americans. But after taking the stage at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre that night, Romney told thousands that a vote for him is for "love of country." And more people will choose that path, he predicted, telling supporters at his last Colorado rally that he's going to win.

In the homestretch, both campaigns have morphed their stump speeches, reflecting different strategies to court swing state voters in the final days of the race. And Colorado voters on both sides have had many opportunities to hear the latest messages on the campaign trial. Paul Ryan, who held his first major rally as a vice presidential candidate in Colorado, had events in the state on Friday and Sunday -- and he has one last stop in Johnston this afternoon. Biden, who has only been to Colorado twice this year, spoke at a smaller rally on Saturday. And the president, after a lengthy day crisscrossing the country, and just days after a huge rally in Boulder, ended his day yesterday with another massive event in Aurora.

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Slideshow: Romney and supporters at Comfort Dental
For Romney, who stood alongside his wife Ann, the Saturday night stop at Comfort Dental (formerly Fiddler's Green), was an opportunity to make one last plea to voters in Colorado, where polls have continued to show a virtual tie. In the early voting period, turnout data from the Secretary of State's office shows that more Republicans than Democrats have shown up -- but there are still millions of voters who will have a final opportunity to cast ballots on election day -- and given the unknown factor of unaffiliated voters, the state's nine electoral votes are still very much up for grabs.

So why vote for Romney? According to Romney, whose campaign famously took a hit when a leaked video showed him criticizing 47 percent of the country, it's the patriotic thing to do.

"Our big dreams will not be satisfied with a small agenda that's already failed," Romney said, speaking to an estimated 17,000 just after the sun set. "Yesterday, President Obama asked his supporters to vote for revenge. For revenge. Instead, I ask the American people to vote for love of country."

Romney was referring to a comment the president made in Ohio on Friday, in which, he said that "voting is the best revenge," as a short add-on to his stump line, "Don't boo, vote!" Obama's opponents have since pounced on the mark as a divisive attack, while the president's aides have explained that it was simply a call for his supporters to stand up to Mitt Romney's policies that are unfriendly to the middle class.

Still, the comment has given fuel to Romney, who added that line to the stump speech that he has been delivering over the weekend -- a version of what his campaign has called the "closing argument" he made in Wisconsin on Friday. The main theme of that speech, with a boost from the revenge comment, is that he will be a president who will work well with Democrats, unlike his opponent, who has only managed to divide people in his four years in office.

"He said he would work across the aisle on the most important issues," Romney said of Obama. "I thought this was interesting -- he has not met on the economy or on the budget or on jobs with either the Republican leader of the House or the Senate since July."

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Photo by Brandon Marshall
Slideshow: Romney and supporters at Comfort Dental
Continuing over a sea of boos from the crowd, Romney said, "So instead of bridging the divide, he's made the divide wider. Now people wonder, how is it that he's fallen so short of what he promised? I think it's in part because he's never led. He's never worked across the aisle."

Continue for more from his speech and his wife's speech as well as more photos.



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17 comments
Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

That quote by the old woman is several reasons to NOT vote Romney.

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

He told that to 3000 less people than Obama got. Guess who still has the lead

Daisy Rothschild
Daisy Rothschild

In the interest of offering a balanced set of articles, Westword, why don't you do an article and questionnaire on Obama pulling 20,000 people last night with the Dave Matthews concert here in Aurora?

Katie Pollard
Katie Pollard

There definitely weren't 17000 people there - someone's full of himself...

Brian Whatley
Brian Whatley

if he wins we will kick him out of office, hes the worst candidate in all history besides the bush's

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

Since Romney owns most of the electronic vote counting machines...don't see how he can lose.

Colleen Luckett
Colleen Luckett

I love that people are still perpetuating the myth of the "liberal media." Do some research about the owners of the handful of corporations who now own all the media outlets in this country. And what the hell is "revenge" voting for Obama? People have lost their damn minds. P.S. Dropped off my ballot last night. Go President Obama!

Scott Mourer
Scott Mourer

I need to see three of four thousand more political ads to make up my mind.

Guy Kittelson
Guy Kittelson

the media won't fawn over him and cover up his lies anymore. He's held fewer press conferences than George Bush did. Its a disgrace. I predict 300 electoral votes for Romney at least. Again, the liberal media has been inflating the number of voters for Obama to keep the polls close. You'll see, this won't be an Obama victory. We'll know on Wednesday!

Keith Bryant
Keith Bryant

@ Guy: do you know something the rest of us don't? Even if Obama didn't win re-election, he would still exist in the world, right?

Stephanie Mondragon
Stephanie Mondragon

He doesn't believe what comes out of his own mouth, just like the rest of us

Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy

Obama wins Electoral College by decent amount...but may lose the popular vote. However, he still gets the prize. And yes Tiffany Mittens lies while he flips and flops.

Guy Kittelson
Guy Kittelson

Obama and his lies aren't much longer for this world. Romney offers real hope and not obama's "revenge" voting.

Russell Lott
Russell Lott

would be surprised if a candidate said anything else ...

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