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Ann paints glowing picture of her ‘soul Mitt’

The Colorado Statesman

LITTLETON — On the eve of the first presidential debate, the Romney campaign unleashed what some have called its secret weapon in a bid for the voters who could swing the election in this battleground state. In her first public campaign appearance in Colorado this year, Ann Romney on Tuesday told hundreds of supporters gathered for an outdoor rally at Hudson Gardens that her husband has the qualities to fix what ails the country.

“One thing I know about Mitt, he doesn’t fail,” she said. “I can’t wait to get him in that position to be able to get this country turned around again.”

Women make opinions known at rallies

The Colorado Statesman

As President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney prepared for their first presidential debate of the election season on the University of Denver campus, liberal and conservative women in Colorado portrayed differing messages on what issues are important to them in the fall election.

Romney revs up Denver crowd before debate

The Colorado Statesman

DENVER — Surrounded by historic airplanes inside a cavernous former Air Force hangar, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a boisterous crowd on Monday that he relished the opportunity in two days to “describe the pathway forward for America” in the first of three presidential debates with President Barack Obama, set for Wednesday night at the University of Denver.

Marco Rubio revs up Latinos for Romney

The Colorado Statesman

Although she’s perfectly happy with Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan — and will have the chance to cast a momentous Electoral College vote for him if the Romney-Ryan ticket carries Colorado, as one of the state’s nine GOP electors — in her heart of hearts, Vera Ortegon admits she would have loved the chance to vote for the man she introduced to a cheering crowd at the National Western Complex in Denver on Wednesday.

Hickenlooper explains recent infatuation with Obama

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper was asked on Wednesday what took him so long as a Democrat to throw his support behind President Barack Obama. The question was posed during an interview as part of a debate series leading up to the first presidential debate in Denver.

Politics as theater: Can personal authenticity be manufactured?

The Colorado Statesman

On Debate Day the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government assembled a luncheon colloquy at the Brown Palace to discuss the dramatic dimensions of the modern presidency. With a panel that included Aaron Sorkin, the Academy and Emmy award winning screenwriter of The Social Network, Moneyball and The West Wing, this was a sizzling hot ticket event.

Pre-debate forums address an array of issues

While the national media spotlight was firmly focused on Denver, platoons of the professionally aggrieved from across the country flew into the Mile High City this week to try and capture a little attention for their causes. With nearly five thousand journalists looking for something to report prior to the main event, there was ample opportunity to attract them to forums providing arguments for why the Presidential candidates should be addressing their specific concerns.

Politicos from both sides of aisle jab and jostle

The Colorado Statesman

The Libertarian-leaning Independence Institute and the conservative Heritage Foundation held a spirited debate in advance of the first presidential debate in Denver on Wednesday morning, bringing together a motley crew of politicos and pundits from both the liberal and conservative sides of the aisle.

Sitting at a long table at the Independence Institute’s office space in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood — just hours before the debate — the panel was appropriately seated with liberals on the left side of the table and conservatives on the right.

Re-ignited Obama lashes out at reinvented Romney

The Colorado Statesman

An energized President Barack Obama came out swinging on a chilly Thursday morning at a park in Denver and landed some of the punches that critics say he pulled the night before in his debate with Mitt Romney.

“When I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney,” Obama told the crowd. “But it couldn’t have been Mitt Romney, because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The fellow on stage last night said he didn’t know anything about that.”

Obama warms up shivering supporters the morning after

The Colorado Statesman

It’s probably a good thing that Northwest Denver is a solid Democratic neighborhood. The sound system at Barack Obama’s post debate rally Thursday morning was just short of deafening. The police officer at the tennis court parking lot, a quarter of a mile away, was wearing earplugs as rock and roll rattled windows and set dogs barking. It seems probable that the organizers were hoping for an ebullient, end zone dance for the President, but in today’s wired world everyone knew the score. Mitt Romney had thumped the leader of the free world like a drum on Wednesday evening.