Posted 10:48 PM 9/15/2012 : Previewing Romney's Pueblo campaign stop
We've covered the President's visits to our region, and now it's Mitt Romney's turn.
Sunday's campaign stop in Pueblo will be the candidate's first campaign stop in the Steel City; Pueblo got visits from the Romney bus earlier this summer, but tomorrow will be Romney's first visit in the flesh since he accepted the nomination.
As the Romney campaign stumps across the nation in an effort to unseat the President, we've heard about Obama's failures from Romney supporters on the campaign trail. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told News 5 in August, "He promised to cut the debt in half by the end of his first term, instead he's borrowed over a trillion dollars every year."
News 5 sat down with the Republican Presidential Nominee back in February, just before the primary election. The Governor said if he were in office, he'd use Colorado as a model for reshaping policy nationwide."I want to help this area of the country grow, get good jobs, and get government out of the way of the entrepreneurs and innovators that have built and economy in Colorado that's the envy of a lot of other states," he said in an interview with News 5's Jacqui Heinrich.
More than half a year later, the focus has shifted to foreign policy at most recent campaign stops. In Ohio and Virginia, Romney held a moment of silence to remember the lives lost in the September 11th attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. "Place your hand over your heart in recognition of the blood shed for freedom by them, and by our sons and daughters who've lost their lives in the cause of America and the cause of liberty," Romney said to crowds.
With a new Denver Post poll showing Obama and Romney in a dead heat, we may be in for some surprise moves in Pueblo tomorrow.
Statistics show Romney is ahead among whites, military families, and voters in Colorado Springs, while Obama is in the lead with women, Hispanics, voters in the metro area, and people who make less than $40,000 per year.
Since early voting is just a month away, Colorado has been seeing a lot of campaigning; mail-in ballots will be sent out October 15th, and early voting begins October 22nd. Colorado is a battleground state and both parties want the vote; it's one of just eleven swing states whose vote could determine the next President.
Mitt Romney is speaking at 4:30 at the Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Pueblo; KOAA will stream the event live and have updates on Facebook and Twitter.