MORRISON, Colo. — On a picturesque night here, a bright blue light turns the red rocks of an amphitheater blue, with a giant Romney campaign “R.” Hours before Mitt Romney is set to arrive, not a detail is left to chance. Red and white thundersticks are handed out. A Latino family is placed front and center, holding “Democrats for Romney signs,” and Kid Rock takes the stage.
About 18 hours later and just 20 miles away, President Obama would arrive to a similar scene. Some 16,000 people crowded into a park in downtown Denver Wednesday afternoon, where supporters swayed to soul and hip-hop music with a lake and the Denver skyline in the background.