Tue February 7, 2012

Romney Speaks to Northern Colorado Supporters on Caucus Day

GOP Presidential front runner Mitt Romney made his only Colorado campaign appearance this morning in Johnstown in advance of tonight’s caucus events.

Speaking at an RV dealership, Romney cut right to the chase, blasting what he said were failed economic policies put in place by President Barack Obama.

“We’ve now gone 35 straight months with unemployment above 8 percent. It’s time to get a president who understands how to get this economy working again,” he said to large applause.

The 20-minute speech criticized what Romney saw as Obama’s “crony capitalism,” and touched on health care reform, restoring military cuts and balancing the budget. Unlike Rick Santorum, who criticized his rivals in Colorado Springs this morning, Romney instead focused on Obama.

“The recovery has taken longer because the things he did made it harder for the economy to recover, whether it was Obama care with a trillion dollars of new spending, whether it was trillion dollar deficits, whether it was Dodd Frank regulations,” he said. 

For Fort Collins resident Robin Wick, it was Romney’s message of fiscal responsibility that won his caucus vote.

“I was definitely leaning toward Romney,” he said after the event. “I would say today helped convince me that he’s the person for the job.”

Romney, who won the state’s caucuses in 2008, is the only candidate planning to stay in Colorado to watch the results tonight. Caucuses start at 7 p.m.

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