Sun September 30, 2012

The Presidential Campaigns Return To Colorado

The first Presidential debate of the year is scheduled for Oct. 3 at the University of Denver. But, both candidates will be spending more than just Wednesday in the state.

Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney will be returning to Colorado ahead of the debate. Romney is scheduled to hold a campaign event Monday evening at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver.

Ann Romney plans to follow her husband’s campaign stop with an appearance in Littleton. Ann Romney will attend a rally at the Hudson Gardens and Event Center Tuesday afternoon.

President Barack Obama is also once again carving out time in his schedule to campaign in Colorado. After the debate Wednesday, Mr. Obama will be holding a campaign event in the Denver area Thursday. His campaign has not yet released event details.

John Straayer, a professor of political science at Colorado State University, says Coloradans should enjoy the attention while it last. Straayer says after this week, both candidates are likely to spend far less time here.

Since they're both here this coming week and they’ve both been here before, certainly Obama has been here many times. I suspect they will be dialing back a little bit on the Colorado visits.

But you know there are other states they've got to focus on. Ohio, Florida and Virginia are all critical states. I think they will be putting in a good deal of time there.

Additionally, Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan made several stops along the campaign trail in Colorado last week. Vice President Joe Biden has not been in the state recently.

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