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President Barack Obama Makes Two-Day, Four-City Campaign Stop In Colorado Starting Wednesday At Auraria Campus

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Barack Obama speaking in Colorado.
Barack Obama speaking in Colorado.

President Barack Obama is back in Colorado again today beginning a two-day, four-city campaign swing through the Centennial State.

The president will begin his tour in Denver at the Auraria Event Center where he is scheduled to speak around 1:15 p.m. Doors open at the Auraria campus event at 10:30 a.m.

He's then heading to Grand Junction to speak at Grand Junction High School for a rally at 5:25 p.m. On Thursday, Obama will stop by Pueblo at the State Fairgrounds around 10:45 a.m. with his final event in Colorado Springs at Colorado College at 2 p.m.

Obama is expected to emphasize women's health issues during his event in Denver, according to 7News and as evidenced by Sandra Fluke's introduction of the president at his Denver event on Wednesday.

In February, the now-graduated Georgetown Law student was not allowed to testify at a House Oversight And Government Reform Committee hearing on contraception, causing House Democrats to walk out of the hearing in protest.

Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh later called her a "slut" and a "prostitute." Obama called her with words of encouragement after Limbaugh's tirade, for which the conservative shock jock later apologized.

On her Huffington Post blog, Fluke outlines why she stands in support of Obama in Denver today:

President Obama is in Denver today to outline the choice in this election and how it will affect every woman in America. This election decides whether years of struggle for basic health care rights that so many women fought for will be rolled back. I'll be standing with the President in Colorado because I believe we must defend those rights -- and that means reelecting a President who stands with us.

Obama is also expected to lay out his economic plans during his stop in Colorado.

The president arrives on the day of a new poll that shows Romney leading in Colorado and one day after two other polls painted very different pictures of the race in the key battleground state.

Today, the Quinnipiac/CBS/NYT poll shows Romney leading Obama by 5 points in Colorado, 50 to 45 percent.

Another survey, released on Tuesday, conducted by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, found Obama leading presumptive Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Colorado 49 to 43 percent, with 7 percent undecided. Their June survey, which included a broader sampling of registered voters found Obama ahead by seven points.

PPP has consistently found rosier numbers for the president than other pollsters have in the Centennial State. A new Rasmussen poll, also released Tuesday, showed the two men tied, while a Purple Strategies poll from July found Obama ahead by one point.

HuffPost Pollster's trend estimate of the race, which takes into account all available public polling, shows Romney leading 47.1 to 46.8 percent in Colorado.

For those following the day's Obama-related events on Twitter, follow @OFA_CO and hashtag #Obama2012.

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