Rally rundowns


Location: Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, Colo. Crowd size: 10,000

Bumper stickers spotted: “Moms for Mitt,” “I stand with Israel,” “Nope. Keep the Change”

Signs held: “Democrats for Romney,” “CO is Mitt Country,” “Juntos con Romney”


Key candidate line: “The president’s status quo campaign, you know, going forward with the same ideas as we’ve seen over the last four years, is why he’s slipping and it’s why our campaign is gaining. It’s why this movement is growing across the country and it’s why we need you to go out and get other people and recruit you to this cause because we need to take back America.”

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Songs played: Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem;” Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake it for me);” Kid Rock’s “Born Free”

Surrogates accompanying them: Paul Ryan (vice presidential nominee), Susana Martinez (New Mexico governor), Kid Rock (rock musician), Rodney Atkins (country musician), Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies first baseman)


Location: Meadow at City Park, Denver Crowd size: 16,000

Bumper stickers spotted: “Save Medicare vote Democrat” “I love Obamacare,” “Women for Obama”


Signs held: “Latinos for Obama.” “1.1 million auto jobs saved.” “Nurses for Obama”

Key candidate line: “We joke about Romnesia, but all this speaks to something that is essential to your choice, and that is trust. When you choose a president, you don’t know what is going to come up . . . Trust matters. And one thing I think you’ve seen, Colorado, over the last four years, is that I mean what I say. I do what I say I’m going to do.”

Songs played: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “I Won’t Back Down;” Black Eyed Peas “Let’s Get It Started;” Adele “Rolling in the Deep;” Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising.”

Surrogates accompanying them: Mayor Michael B. Hancock of Denver; Representative Diana DeGette; Governor John Hickenlooper