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Campaigns get traction on local campaign trail

The Colorado Statesman

In the aftermath of a debate in Denver last week that both sides agree dealt a setback to President Barack Obama’s campaign, Democrats launched a star-studded tour of the state in a final push to register voters, while Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign, buoyed by increasingly favorable poll results, exulted in a surge of volunteers that organizers predicted would presage a GOP victory.

First presidential debate bypassed important issues, some complain

The Colorado Statesman

When the first presidential debate of the fall election was over, and the myriad of media cameras that had descended on Denver left town, advocates for an assortment of polarizing issues wondered why the two major party candidates hadn’t addressed their concerns.

Despite having the help of high-profile politicos from Colorado and across the nation who had all landed in Denver for the debate on Oct. 3, advocates for issues such as mass transit, gun control, climate change, banking reform and immigration couldn’t believe that the first debate left these topics largely untouched.

Colorado Republicans shine on CPAC stage

Lamborn, Gardner address conservative conference
The Colorado Statesman

Two Colorado Republicans made their debuts at the local version of the country’s premiere gathering of right-leaning activists and politicians when the Conservative Political Action Conference set up shop in Denver last week in the afterglow of the first presidential debate. U.S. Reps. Doug Lamborn and Cory Gardner bracketed a full day of speeches and panel discussions at CPAC-Colorado last Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport, near I-70 and East 40th Avenue.

Study debunks myths about the ‘undecided’ voter

The Colorado Statesman

If Obama campaign officials don’t seem to be panicking while everyone else in the political world sounds the alarm over a disappointing performance in last week’s debate, it could be because they’ve bought into the findings from an in-depth survey of undecided voters released just hours before the candidates took the stage.

Challenger Romney is consensus winner of first presidential debate in Denver

D-Day in Denver
The Colorado Statesman

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney came out of the gate charging at the first presidential debate on Wednesday at the University of Denver, his confident swagger in sharp contrast to a plodding performance by President Barack Obama.

Just five weeks until an election both sides expect to come down to the wire, Republicans exulted over what most pundits agreed was a clear win for Romney, who has lagged in key battleground state polls over the last month, though Democrats maintained that Obama got across his message and that voters were unlikely to dock him for “style points.”

DebateFest: A lawn party for the rest of us

The Colorado Statesman

It was never in the cards that more than a handful of DU students or grassroots Colorado Democrats would wangle tickets to Wednesday’s Presidential Debate. Simply accommodating the media ate up nearly half the available seats. Once the organizers squeezed in high roller contributors, national party poobahs, University administrators and elected officials, rumor has it that the Colorado Democratic and Republican parties received no more than a few dozen passes.

Obama advisor berates Ryan for not divulging numbers

The Colorado Statesman

Senior campaign adviser to President Barack Obama, Robert Gibbs, joined with Colorado Democratic political dignitaries on Tuesday afternoon just a day before the first presidential debate, criticizing their Republican opponents for an economic plan that has a “math problem.”

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.