President Barack Obama closed out his first of a two-day trip to Colorado by urging voters in the vital swing state to give him more time to turn the U.S. economy around.
"After three and a half tough years, we're still going," Obama told supporters at Grand Junction High School Wednesday evening. "We're here to build an economy where hard work pays off - so that no matter who you are, or what you look like, or where you come from, here in America, you can make it if you try."
He added, "That's what this campaign is about, Colorado! And that's why I'm running for a second term as President of the United States of America."
The president focused largely on the economy and women's issues in Colorado yesterday, the same day a new Quinnipiac/CBS/New York Times poll showed Republican challenger Mitt Romney with a five-point lead over the president in the state.
Obama also criticized the Romney campaign for recent ads attacking the president's health care, welfare and economic policies.
"I don't know why they're running all these ads, because basically they only have one ad. It's just a variation on the same ad, which is the economy is not where it should be and it's Obama's fault," Obama said"
He added, "That's their basic argument. Because they know they can't sell their actual plans - they don't have plans....But I do."
At an earlier stop Wednesday at the University of Colorado Auraria Events Center, Obama also highlighted women's issues and their importance in the recovery of the U.S economy.
"Understand this: At a time when women make up nearly half the workforce, an increasing share of family breadwinners, these aren't just health issues and they're not just women's issues. These are economic issues. They affect every family in America," he said at the event.
The president will again focus on the economy during his second day in Colorado today. He will campaign in Pueblo and Colorado Springs before returning to Washington, D.C. Thursday evening.
by RTT Staff Writer
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