MORRISON, Colo. – Mitt Romney Tuesday night came to this tossup swing state and cast his campaign as an inevitable movement that is sweeping across the country.
“You see, the president’s status quo campaign, going forward with the same ideas as we’ve seen over the last four years, is why he’s slipping,” Romney said before a crowd of thousands at the Red Rocks Amphitheater on the outskirts of Denver. “And it’s why our campaign is gaining. It’s why this movement is growing across this country.”
With blue lights splashing a giant “R” on the rocks that tower over the amphitheater, the crowd banged thunder sticks together. Before Romney took the stage, the audience was primed by a concert by Kid Rock, whose song “Born Free” has become the anthem of Romney’s campaign.
“Kid Rock is a Detroit guy. I was born in Detroit as well,” Romney said. “We hear ‘Born Free’ every day as well. …Thanks Kid Rock.”
He proclaimed his heart full. He asked for votes. He declared that the debates have “supercharged” his campaign and claimed the Obama campaign was being petty.
“What you’re seeing from the Obama campaign is an incredibly shrinking campaign,” Romney said. “The president, he’s out of ideas, he’s out of excuses, and in November you’re going to make sure he’s out of office.”
Romney was joined by his running mate, Paul Ryan, and was introduced by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. At one point, as Martinez remarked that Obama loved the country, and his family, the crowd booed.
In the increasingly tight battle for the presidency, Colorado is one of the handful of states that both campaigns are targeting. Obama is planning to hold a rally on Wednesday in downtown Denver.Matt Viser can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org