Romney, Ryan rock supporters at Red Rocks

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By Gabrielle Porter

Red Rocks Amphitheatre felt more like it was hosting a concert than a political event when presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed supporters there Tuesday evening.

The thousands packed into the Colorado landmark had enthusiasm to spare, as the appearance by the GOP candidate and running mate Paul Ryan was reminiscent of highly produced entertainment.

After speeches and music from guest celebrities (including Rockies first baseman Todd Helton and musicians Rodney Atkins and Kid Rock), Romney launched into an elongated version of his stump speech, focusing on contrasts between him and President Barack Obama.

Obama’s policies, Romney said, have kept unemployment high and job creation low. Romney promised that his oft-mentioned five-year plan would put Americans back to work.

Romney also criticized Obama’s campaign techniques, saying they are petty.

“Look at the Obama campaign. They are reduced to talking about smaller and smaller things,” Romney said. “They’re talking about saving characters on Sesame Street. They’re talking about silly word games. … Our campaign is about getting this economy going, getting good jobs for the American people, leading the world, protecting freedom and creating a bright and prosperous future.”

Romney also painted Obama as worn out.

“Look, the president is out of ideas,” he told the audience. “He’s out of excuses. In November, you’re going to make sure he’s out of office.”

For a full story, check the Oct. 31 print edition of the Courier.

Contact Gaby Zastrocky at gabrielle@evergreenco.com or follow at Twitter.com/gabriellereport.