he Romney Victory Bus parked a few minutes away from Barack Obama and gathered its own crowd. Check out the piece I did for The 12 on Obama’s visit (Romney coverage will run in the CU Independent this afternoon):


Colorado School of Mines’s “M” can be seen on the foothills over attendees of President Obama’s event in Golden. Instagram photo by Alison Noon.

“This is too pretty, I don’t know how you get any work done here,” Barack Obama said after taking the podium in Golden, Colo. for his eighth political event in the swing state this year. “It is great to be back in Colorado.”

A crowd of 8,400 people gathered to hear the president speak Thursday afternoon at Lions Park in Golden, a suburb of Denver nestled at the base of Colorado’s foothills.

At the nearby Colorado School of Mines, a prestigious engineering university distinguished by responsible stewardship of natural resources, 5,500 students started fall classes last month. The original Coors brewery is one half mile northeast of the park  and on the town main drag, Washington Street, a large wooden sign reads, “Howdy folks! Welcome to Golden, where the west lives.”

Jefferson County has been overwhelmed with politicians this election, representing the suburbia vote that could swing Colorado’s nine electoral votes in the presidential race. Paul Ryan spoke at Lakewood High School on Aug. 14, Mitt Romney held an event at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Aug. 2 and Michelle Obama visited Littleton High School on June 20, all in Jefferson County. At each event, more tickets were given out than venue capacity.

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Source: 2012swingstates