COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- President Barack Obama wrapped up a two-day Colorado campaign swing here with an outdoor speech to about 4,000 people on the Colorado College campus that focused mostly on the economy.
In a speech that was basically the same as those he gave in Pueblo Thursday morning and Grand Junction Wednesday afternoon, Obama tried to put his accomplishments in perspective and his tax plan in stark contrast to his opponent.
"Over the last three and a half years, we worked hard to make sure we didn't slip into another depression," Obama said. "We created 4.5 million jobs, we saved an auto industry on the brink of collapse."
Citing last week's study by the Tax Policy Center showing that Romney's proposal to cut taxes for the wealthiest earners would have to be offset by a middle class tax hike, Obama positioned himself as the only option for the middle class.
"They tried to sell us this trickle-down tax cut fairy dust before. And guess what, it didn't work," Obama said. "We don't need tax cuts for people like me. We need tax cuts for working families."
As he did in Pueblo earlier Thursday, Obama also criticized Romney for opposing the renewal of a tax credit for wind energy producers that currently supports a few thousand jobs in Colorado, and 37,000 nationwide.
"My opponent wants to end tax credits for wind energy producers," Obama said.
"Without those tax credits, 37,000 American jobs, including potentially hundreds of jobs right here, would be at risk."
The CEO of Vestas, which employs 1,600 people at its giant plant in Pueblo, has stated that Congress's failure to renew the wind PTC would force him to lay off roughly 1,000 workers in Colorado.
"It's time to stop spending billions in subsidies on an industry that's already making lots in profits and keep investing in new energy industries that have never been more promising," Obama continued.
As Obama barnstormed across Colorado, the Romney campaign, and it's bus of staff and surrogates, was never far behind.
After Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, a possible Romney running mate, held five rallies up and down the Front Range Wednesday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, also in the VP mix, spoke to supporters Thursday in Pueblo and Colorado Springs.
"I only have two things against this president," Jindal told about 75 supporters in Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs Thursday. "He's the most liberal president since Jimmy Carter. And he's the most incompetent president too."
Jindal pushed back at Obama's claim, based on the tax study, that Romney would raise taxes.
"Obama is the one who will raise taxes," Jindal told FOX31 Denver. "He wants to raise taxes on job creators and grow government.
"He says, 'if you got a business, you didn't build that'. To me that represents much more of an Occupy Wall Street mentality as opposed to the American Dream."
Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, also on the Romney bus Thursday with Jindal and former Colorado Congressman Bob Beauprez, touted Romney's private sector experience over Obama's record.
"His whole career was based on turning around businesses, helping to turn around the Olympics," Chaffetz told FOX31 Denver. "If we truly want a turnaround in this country, let's give Mitt Romney a chance."