"Colorado, we've come too far to turn back now. We've got too many good jobs we still have to create. We've got too many teachers we've got to hire. We've got too many schools we've got to rebuild, too many students we want to send to college. We've got too much homegrown energy we still have to generate, too many troops we've still got to bring home. We've got too many doors of opportunity we still have to open up for everybody who is willing to work hard and walk through those doors."
President Obama spent the last two days logging miles across the Centennial State, where he spent time with everyone from women's health advocate Sandra Fluke to supporters at the state fairgrounds in Pueblo.
The President kicked off his trip Denver on Wednesday with a speech on what's at stake for women this November, then continued on to Grand Junction.
Jeanne, a neighborhood team leader who was in the audience in Grand Junction, explained what brought her out to see the President:
"I am so in awe of the man. I just have never seen a president work as hard as he's worked. I'm excited about women's issues, I'm excited about his coming out for gay marriage, just his whole agenda. He's been in there fighting."
"I really feel that he speaks to individuals as well as groups," agreed Lydia, a college math professor. "I'm a two-time breast cancer survivor, so the Affordable Care Act has been great for me."
Rene brought her three daughters and a family friend to see the President—an occasion they celebrated with handmade shirts spelling out the President's name.
"He's down to earth and connected with everybody," she said. "He can relate on all issues. If I could say one thing to the President, I'd just say 'Keep looking forward to the future. Keep leading us through, keep pushing—that's all it takes.'"
On Thursday, the President visited the Colorado State fairgrounds in Pueblo to lay out a few key differences between himself and Mitt Romney.
While waiting for the President to arrive at his next stop in Colorado Springs, Jim, an Army veteran, listed his top reasons for supporting the campaign:
"One—he's very intelligent. Two—he has excellent ideas for how to make this country better. Three—he's genuine. Four—he's nice. He's an excellent young man."
Anthony, also a veteran, had his own reasons for standing with the President:
"I like the way he has no hidden agendas. He's crystal clear. And everything he's done, he's done for the people. I'm pleased with President Obama because of that fact that he does care for the middle class and the poor. He knows what our lives are like because he's lived that. We've got people against him who live through a different world. They don't understand us. They don't understand having to make payments and looking at your checks saying 'I can't pay this, I'll pay next month.' Obama does."
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