DENVER–The Romney and Obama campaigns officially took a break Tuesday out of respect for the victims of Superstorm Sandy, although for some reason two Colorado appearances by former President Bill Clinton apparently didn’t count.
Clinton, whose speeches at schools in Adams County and Denver were arranged by the Obama campaign, used the opportunity to blast Republican nominee Mitt Romney and heap praise on President Obama.
“If you look to the future, the president’s economic plan is better, his education plan is better, his health-care plan is better, and his budget plan is better,” said Clinton in a speech at Adams City High School. “Why? Because it is rooted in the idea of shared prosperity, not trickle-down.”
Clinton also punctuated his description of Romney’s positions by cracking, “I couldn’t make this up.”
In other words, Clinton definitely sounded like he was on the campaign trail.
Obama was originally scheduled to stump with Clinton, but cancelled as the storm approached.
Romney Colorado spokeswoman Ellie Wallace responded to Clinton’s remarks by saying that “Coloradans know they can’t afford four more years like the last four years.”
“With one week to go until Election Day, Bill Clinton’s visit to the Denver area is illustrative of a very worried Obama campaign,” said Wallace in a statement. “Colorado is a state that Obama won by nine points in 2008, but today, his standing with Colorado voters couldn’t be more different.”
The Romney campaign cancelled its Tuesday events–a pair of rallies in Castle Rock and Greeley headed by vice-president nominee Paul Ryan–out of deference for those in the storm’s path.
Instead, Romney organized a relief event in Ohio for victims in New Jersey, while Obama held a video conference from the White House with members of his emergency team, later visiting American Red Cross headquarters, according to wire-service reports.
Both presidential campaigns continued to run non-stop political ads in Colorado media markets.
The presidential race is expected to kick back into high gear Wednesday. The next big Colorado campaign day is Thursday: Obama is scheduled to head up a rally in Boulder, while Ryan is expected to campaign in Greeley.
Romney is slated to head a rally Saturday at Comfort Dental Amphitheater–better known as Fiddler’s Green–in Greenwood Village.
The race remains tight in Colorado, with a CNN-TV poll released Monday showing Romney leading Obama by 48 to 47 percentage points.