MORRISON, Colo. — Mitt Romney gave his revised stump speech twice Tuesday, but his nighttime appearance here on the historic stage at Red Rocks Amphitheater was unlike his remarks earlier outside Las Vegas.
In fact, it might have been unlike any campaign rally Romney’s held to date.
Coming with exactly two weeks left in the race for the White House, the Republican presidential nominee has the three debates behind him and the finish line in sight — and, most analysts agree, within reach as well.
“You’re seeing this movement growing,” Romney told a capacity crowd of more than 12,000 people. “You’re seeing people coming together, we love America, we recognize we can do better.”
Romney, who surged in the polls following the first presidential debate in Denver 20 days ago, continues to portray himself as the candidate of change and Obama, four years ago the embodiment thereof, as a president now personifying the status quo.
“It’s the incredible shrinking campaign,” Romney said. “The president’s out of ideas.”
Obama, who will appear at a rally in Denver’s City Park Wednesday afternoon, told voters in Florida and Ohio Tuesday that Romney is saying whatever it takes to get elected, suffering from a case, as the president now puts it, of “Romnesia.”
And on a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning, Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina said that early voting and the campaign’s turnout operations have them confident that they’re in far better position than Romney, whatever his uptick in the polls.
Romney, for all the optimism he expressed, told the crowd that he needs their help to not just vote but to convince their friends and neighbors to vote for him.
But on Tuesday night, after Rodney Atkins, Kid Rock and Rockies first baseman Todd Helton set the stage, thousands of supporters cheered Romney’s every word, so loud at times he had to pause before continuing to speak.
And they left with a feeling that Romney could be president — some with the confidence that he will be.
“This is the best rally. Ever,” one supporter told FOX31 following Romney’s speech. “He’s going to win, you just watch.”