Colorado Votes: Romney Rallies Thousands at Red Rocks

October 24, 2012

An overflow crowd greeted Mitt Romney at Red Rocks Amphitheatre Tuesday night. The Republican presidential candidate and his running mate Paul Ryan held a rally that boasted musical stars like Kid Rock, to go along with the stump speeches. Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee was there.

Here's a transcript of Megan Verlee's report:

Reporter Megan Verlee: The Romney campaign brought rock and roll production values to the famed concert venue, handing out noisemakers and distributing color-coordinated T-shirts so a section of the audience formed the "C" in the Colorado flag. And when Mitt Romney took the stage, he got a rock star reception from the more than 10,000 supporters.

Governor Mitt Romney:  "This is a magnificent place.  For a guy born in Detroit to come here and look at these extraordinary mountains, you look at the handiwork of our creator and it’s just overwhelming."

Reporter: Romney accused President Obama’s campaign of focusing on petty negative attacks, and he repeated his criticism of the President's economic policies.  

Romney:  "Do you think we can handle four more years with declining incomes every year?” 

Crowd: “No!” 

Romney: “Do you think we can handle four more years with declining home values?”

Crowd: “No!”

Reporter: Afterward, Metro State student Hayden Perry said the rally boosted his confidence that Romney will win the election. And Perry said he’s excited to support the Republican with his first-ever vote.

Hayden Perry:  "One of the main factors on why he has my vote is that he’s trying to balance the deficit, so he’s not leaving me and all the other fellow 19-year-olds and younger generation behind with a massive amount of debt to deal with."

Reporter: While last night belonged to Romney fans, the Obama campaign will have its chance to raise supporters’ spirits Wednesday afternoon, when the president holds a rally in Denver's City Park.

[Photo: CPR/MVerlee]

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