What a night!
In spite of gridlocked traffic hours before the event began, from near and far, they pressed forward. Driving up mountain roads, through the rocks they came…
As far as the eye could see, thousands of Romney/Ryan supporters made their way to magnificent Red Rocks Park, Colorado, for a chance in a life-time to see Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan – together for the first time in the beautiful Centennial State. The venue filled to capacity; many were turned away.
Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit.com writes:
Romney Ryan Rally at Red Rocks: [W]e left our home in time to get there just before five under normal conditions. About thirty miles out, the highway became a parking lot, where we got stuck for the next two hours. The freaky thing was the lines extending behind us at least as much. The highway exit was closed, but we’re conservatives/libertarians, we find ways. So we went back roads, parked in way outlaying parking lot (for another facility) and tried to walk. Only the people ahead of us were getting turned back at the door, so we all walked back to our cars shouting stuff like “Romney” and “Soon a real president.” Look at those pictures and let me tell you, at least that many of us were turned away or prevented from approaching.
See 360 photo posted here (scroll in/out, click two circles at top for 360 degree views).
As the enormous crowd waited to hear Congressman Ryan and Governor Romney (who, by the way, was fresh off his third and final well-executed debate with Obama), entertainers Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins wowed them.
Up-and-comer New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez – the first female Hispanic governor in the history of the United States – was also on hand to rev up the massive audience. (Remember her terrific GOP Convention speech?!)
Now, President Obama rattled off a “cute” joke last night about defense planning not being a game of Battleship. Well Mr. President, our BUDGET isn’t a game of Monopoly, either! Attacking Mitt Romney is NOT an agenda. Four more years, like the last four years, is NOT a solution.”
You see, this election, we’re not just picking the next president for four more years. WE are picking the direction and course of our country for a generation. It doesn’t matter which generation you come from – this is the most important election in YOUR generation!”
Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton also popped on stage to voice strong support for Romney and Ryan. (*See press release below).
If there would have been a roof to raise, this Romney/Ryan rally would have blown it clear up to the moon shining down on them.
Romney supporter: “I have been at Red Rocks because I’ve lived here and I have never seen a crowd like this!”
Another supporter: “It’s on fire! Red Rocks is on fire because Mitt Romney is here. And, we are thrilled to be a part of it.”
— Mitt’s Body Man (@dgjackson) October 24, 2012
See MORE photos here.
*Yesterday, October 23, 2012, Mitt Romney announced the support of Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton:
“Todd Helton is a true winner, and I’m proud to have him on my team,” said Mitt Romney. “Like many Americans, he knows that America has seen a lot of adversity over the last four years, but there is nothing that we cannot overcome. I have a plan to get our economy moving again, and I have the experience needed to put that plan in place. Together, with Americans from every walk of life and every background, we will win this election and restore prosperity to the American people.”
“Today, I am proud to announce my support for Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan for President and Vice President of the United States,” said Todd Helton. “These two leaders possess the strength, the courage, and most importantly, the experience to bring about a real recovery. I know the Romney-Ryan ticket brings a unique understanding of how to turn this economy around and get Americans back to work.”
Background On Todd Helton:
Todd Helton is the first baseman for the Colorado Rockies. He is a five-time MLB All-Star and currently holds the team record for home runs, hits, and RBIs. Helton is a three-time Gold Glove award winner and was the National League batting champion in 2000. Helton lives in Brighton, Colorado with his wife Christy and daughters Gentry and Tierney.
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