PRESIDENTIAL VISIT: Obama flies in and out of Grand Junction

By: KKCO / AP Email
By: KKCO / AP Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) __ It was over before it was supposed to start. President Barack Obama surprised residents of the Grand Valley by showing up early for his scheduled campaign stop, but the crowd cheered as the commander in chief outlined why he should serve "four more years" in the White House.

He spoke about jobs, the economy and his opponent in the speech which was a little longer than 30 minutes.

Supporters packed the Grand Junction High School gym, fanning themselves as the event went on, but never losing enthusiasm.

The President had a few light moments, reminding the crowd to bend their knees (if they were standing) and joked that the First Lady, Michelle Obama no longer allows him to sing to others.

He also spoke seriously about his record, the economy and why the decision voters make in November will be one of the most important decisions in the future of the country.

President Barack Obama is emphasizing women's health issues on his campaign visit to Colorado.

The president started his visit on Wednesday with a rally in Denver, where he was introduced by Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke. She gained notoriety after conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh called her a slut because she supports the Obama health care law's requirement that insurance companies cover contraception.

After the afternoon rally in Grand Junction, Obama arrived in Pueblo, where he is scheduled to speak Thursday. He also will speak in Colorado Springs.

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Obama and Mitt Romney tied among voters in Colorado households earning between $30,000 and $50,000 per year. Obama leads among voters with lower incomes; Romney is favored by those making more.

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**The Associated Press also contributed to this report.**

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM
    4 more years for our great president! Romney-Ryan is actually worse than McCain-Palin. one did not think it could get any worse for the republicans but it has!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 at 09:18 PM
    The funniest thing of all is actually the good people of river city seem to think that who they vote for will count. Sorry your vote for either the mitt or the bo will not count. We do not elect by popular vote. The population centers with representation will get the electoral college nod. And the front range population loves bo. So, you see it does not matter which loser that the folks on the western slope vote for, because your vote does not count, so calm down, bo wins Colorado thanks to the front range. But keep getting your righty and lefty bloomers in knot because it is all for knaught anyway. But just keep cheering and believing the mythology of your vote counting either way!
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      by Truth on Aug 12, 2012 at 03:48 PM in reply to
      As if Bush, Obama, Romney, or any other repub or dem will stop bank bailouts, 0% loans to banks, abusing the war on terror, assassination of a U.S. citizen, making Afghanistan the #1 producuer of Opium in the world, giving thousands of guns to Mexican Cartels, etc., etc. Batman theatre shooting FALSE FLAG - search Chris Ramos fake witness, listen to first responder recordings and decide for yourself. Other witnesses saw a second suspect. Emergency exit doors only open outward and can't be kicked in. Green hair, orange hair, James Holmes' brain has been completely fried and cameras NOT ALLOWED in the courtroom, case sealed. This stinks....If you would have told me a couple of years ago that we gave Mexican Cartels thousands of guns I would have said you are a fool and a crackpot. Washington wants your guns. Sikh shooting possible false flag. Some law enforcement in Arapahoe county KNOW THE FACTS DON'T ADD UP. They should stand up and speak, it is their moral obligation as Americans.
  • by M Dean Location: Fruitvale on Aug 9, 2012 at 12:04 PM
    I find it odd that the report on Chic-Fil-A had only hundreds show up...But the Bam get thousands? Hah what a load.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM in reply to M Dean
      The entire GJHS gym was filled to its 2500 capacity Mr Dean. Were you there? I doubt it. I was.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2012 at 05:55 AM in reply to
        No I wasnt there, seems like I have a life! But its good to see the groupies are still active!
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          by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2012 at 06:51 AM in reply to
          and your mother wears combat boots
  • by What they Didn't Tell You on Aug 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM
  • by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM
    Who, in their right mind, would want to vote for a Corporate Raider, Plutocrat who ships American jobs overseas and makes MILLIONS doing it then hides his MILLIONS in Swiss Bank Accounts and gives his money vacations in the Cayman Islands? Who, in their right mind, would want to vote for a privileged son who has had everything handed to him and has succeeded due to his Father's name and money? Didn't we have one of them recently? What was the result of that privileged son's maladministration. Who, in their right mind, would vote for a Plutocrat who, because of HUGE TAX LOOPHOLES, only pays 13.9% income tax on an income of over $20,000,000 on the one tax return we've seen and who thinks that making $384,000 in speaking fees "isn't all that much"? Who, in their right mind, would want to vote for a Plutocrat who wants to ELIMINATE the Capital Gains Tax, the one tax he does pay, which in effect would REDUCE his 13.8% income tax rate on $20,000,000 to a tax rate of NEAR 0%! Does the Plutocrat Mitt RMoney care a hoot for working Americans? Not very likely!
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      by Say What? on Aug 9, 2012 at 11:58 AM in reply to
      Who in their right might would want to vote for a liar, someone with a stolen Social Security card, no background (other than illegal drug use) who has SPENT MORE TAX MONEY THAN ALL OF THE PRIOR PRESIDENTS COMBINED???? And there's this: "Corporate Raider" even the Washington Post says that that is a lie. Get your head out of there, he's not going to "give you anything" he's busy destroying your country so that you and your children can have the same standard of living as the rest of the 3rd world. Start paying attention!!!
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        by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM in reply to Say What?
        no you are the liar.
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          by Really on Aug 9, 2012 at 02:56 PM in reply to
          Wow you really are a moron Anonymous!
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        by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM in reply to Say What?
        sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me
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      by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 at 03:48 PM in reply to
      who in their right mind would vote for either of these losers? Neither one represents you or me, neither one has the nation in mind when making their decisions, they are there for one thing, to line their pockets with gold and then fade away. I find it amusing that folks on either side of the political fence idolize their candidate to such extremes. Mitt Romney is the best we got? BO was the best we got? Sad times we live in, even sadder how folks are drawing lines in the sand about their poor choice of candidates as if they could even fill the shoes of presidents that came before them.
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      by Liberal Fool on Aug 9, 2012 at 06:55 PM in reply to
      OOOHHHH! Someone has been watching MSNBC!
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      by Jeff on Aug 9, 2012 at 07:01 PM in reply to
      By your own account he paid $2,780,000 in federal income tax last year. How much should one man pay? How much did you pay last year?
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        by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2012 at 01:23 PM in reply to Jeff
        But he made $20,000,000, how much does one man need?
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          by Nun on Aug 11, 2012 at 02:20 PM in reply to
          Many people earn more than they "need". Are you upset because you can't earn?
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          by smores on Aug 11, 2012 at 07:13 PM in reply to
          Yeah anonymous, where do I find out how much one man needs. Is there a book or something?
  • by true American Location: GJ on Aug 8, 2012 at 08:10 PM
    BTW - several hundred of those "thousands" were bussed in from Boulder, Denver and Montrose - oh they didn't report that? I wonder why not?
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      by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2012 at 08:48 PM in reply to true American
      Because it's your crazy fantasy. People were waiting to get tickets at 4am and tickets were gone fast.
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      by What's up Doc? on Aug 9, 2012 at 09:54 AM in reply to true American
      What happened to the, "If I can't turn the economy around in one year, I'm a one term president?" Still waiting! Why is he running so hard if he's quitting?
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      by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM in reply to true American
      Because they dont report lies?
  • by true American Location: GJ on Aug 8, 2012 at 08:07 PM
    We need to defend our Constitution from all enemies - foreign and domestic. Watch the poles, vote! Vote for America, not socialism!!!
  • by George Location: Clifton on Aug 8, 2012 at 05:43 PM
    Why Grand Junction High School? I was waiting for him at Cifton Elementary.
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      by Yawn on Aug 8, 2012 at 07:34 PM in reply to George
      Me too George. I just don't get it, where was the car that was supposed to pick me up and stuff and take me to the correct location. Was there pizza you guys, I love pizza.
  • by Paul Location: Grand Jct on Aug 8, 2012 at 05:01 PM
    POTUS Obama speaks so mature, intelligently and consistantly, like an adult who commands our respect. Listening to the "live" feed of counter responses have the tone of a spoiled adolescents, telling tails and pointing blame in the wrong direction. The up-coming debates should give the independents the ability to "kick" the tires and provide for the rest of those that voted against Mitt the last time "we" in the middle recognized when Obama campaigned here in 2008 - the same thing in 12', getting what we want takes time and patience.
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      by Not a Republican on Aug 8, 2012 at 05:38 PM in reply to Paul
      Yeah, he reads the teleprompter really well. That's why he has pronounced "corpse-man" instead of "corpman" multiple times. He's done a great job making Afghanistan the #1 Opium producer in the world with a little help from Bush. He has invaded more countries, assasinated U.S. citizens, increased invasion of privacy, continued torture at Guantanimo...I'm glad you see it Paul. At least the banks are making billions more with record profits! Dumb and dumber.
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      by Sally on Aug 8, 2012 at 05:41 PM in reply to Paul
      Like an adult who commands respect? Adults who command respect don't have to repeat themselves over and over. Name one new thing he said. You can't can you? Lol
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      by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2012 at 08:32 PM in reply to Paul
      Well you dont pay much attention!! Its his speech writer!! Not him!! He says what he is told to do. Maybe we should elect the speech writer!! This pres CANNOT speak for himself. He is always reading what he pays someone to write. Give me a break. Dont believe me? Look it up!! He is always looking at teleprompter or down at his speech!! He does not speek from the heart. Just what is written for him
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      by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 at 04:24 AM in reply to Paul
      Yeah, his comment about the 57 states was really intelligent.
  • by SB Location: GJ on Aug 8, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    I find the back and forth unfortunate as both sides seem to accept everything that comes from their candidate's party as truth. Both sides are clearly smearing the truth of the others' actions and policies. Instead of just call each other names, how about we look beyond the talking heads to the real state of affairs?
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      by Rufus on Aug 8, 2012 at 06:36 PM in reply to SB
      I think the "real state of affairs" is to get this idiot out of the office in November.
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