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Candidates Try To Sway Swing States

Katherine Ostrowski |
September 26, 2012 | 3:57 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

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President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney are visiting swing states this month, hoping to influence undecided voters in their favor. Some residents, however, said the speeches will not change their decision.

At the end of August, Obama spoke to students, faculty and surrounding residents at Colorado State University (CSU) to help grab Colorado’s nine electoral votes. Grace Roh, a fine arts major at CSU, enjoyed his speech and was overjoyed by his visit.

She told the Denver Post: "I'm so pumped. He's such a people person, I love it. I feel like I can relate to him.”

Some residents who already decided who they will vote for did not benefit from the president's visit.

“It’s good for people who haven’t made up their mind but I have, so for me, it’s a waste of time. If I hadn’t decided, I suppose seeing him speak would help persuade me,” said an employee at Café Bluebird, a café usually full of students located close to the university.

Obama also traveled to the Denver suburb of Golden Colorado and spoke to voters there but did not stay long before he was on to his next campaign stop.

“I’m glad they’re taking the time to visit and it's great for people who are into it," said an employee at CO Peak Cycles in Golden, Colo. "It was crowded downtown when he came to speak for a few hours but other than that I didn’t notice anything different."  

Romney revisited Denver Monday, as well, speaking at Pueblo Memorial Airport about the economy, taxes and education.

“My feeling is the younger generation of voters are just now starting to tune in to the election," said Monica Koncilja, a Castle Rock, Colo., native, to The Pueblo Chieftain. "So when Romney and Obama debate each other in Denver, I think that's going to be important."

First lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney are also visiting swing states, speaking to groups and doing their part to help their husbands. Ann Romney spoke at a rally in Clive, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines last week. Michelle Obama will be in Iowa Friday, speaking in Cedar Falls at the University of Northern Iowa.


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