President Obama to visit Denver on Wednesday

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President Barack Obama at CU-Boulder. April 24, 2012.

President Barack Obama at CU-Boulder. April 24, 2012.

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DENVER – President Barack Obama will return to Colorado on Wednesday for his second visit to the metro area in a month.

The President will give the Commencement Address at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on Wednesday morning and speak at a private fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center hotel that afternoon.

But the president’s campaign message, in the form of a new attack ad, is already saturating Colorado’s airwaves — and generating national headlines.

The ad, titled “Steel”, is airing in just five states — Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Virginia — that are critical to the president’s reelection hopes.

It features former employees at a steel company that closed down years after Bain Capital took it over, although that was after Romney had left his job as CEO of the firm.

In Chicago Monday, Obama defended the ad and argued that Romney’s record at Bain is fair game.
 
“This is not a distraction. This is what this campaign is going to be about,” the president said. 
 
“The reason this is relevant to the campaign is because my opponent, Governor Romney, his main calling card for why he thinks he should be president is his business experience,” Obama said. “You know, he’s not going out there touting his experience in Massachusetts. He’s saying, ‘I’m a business guy and I know how to fix it,’ and this is his business.”
 
“When you’re president — as opposed to the head of a private equity firm — your job is not simply to maximize profits. your job is to figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot,” he said. “If your main argument for how to grow the economy was ‘You knew how to make a lot of money for investors’ then you’re missing what this job is about. That doesn’t mean you weren’t good at private equity. But that’s not what my job is as president.”
 
The Romney campaign, and Republicans across the country, are blasting Obama for “going negative.”
 
“If the president were proud of his record, he’d be touting it from the rooftops,” said Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call.
 
“For a president who ran on that optimistic message of hope and change, it’s incredibly disappointing that they’re giong to take such a negative attack. And it’s because they don’t have a record they can point to.”
 
Political analyst Eric Sondermann said seeing negative ads this early in the year is a sign of things to come.
 
“All the indicators are that this is going to be an incredibly negative race. Voters, by the time September, October rolls around are definitely going to want to shoot their television,” Sondermann said.

 

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