As Mitt Romney makes a third public appearance in Colorado in three months, he also draws some criticism for avoiding Denver.
After making headlines Monday for outspending President Obama's reelection campaign in June by $35 million and collecting $3 million from a single weekend in the Hamptons, Romney stayed the night in Aspen after hosting another fundraiser.
On Tuesday morning Romney is hosting a town hall in Grand Junction, and his campaign announced that he will be stopping in Colorado Springs later in the afternoon. According to a report by the Colorado Springs Gazette, he may be volunteering at the Care and Share food bank, which has been delivering aid to Waldo Canyon fire victims.
As of Monday night the Romney campaign had been somewhat vague about any plans to stop in Colorado Springs, though they hinted to KDVR that he was considering making an appearance to which Colorado Pols quipped that perhaps "it's wise for Romney to not have a rally about the fires," citing Romney's speech just last month:
Romney said of Obama, “he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
In Aspen Romney held a "no-ties" casual, but closed to the public, event that reportedly required a minimum $2,500 contribution to the Romney campaign all the way up to a $50,000 private dinner at the home of Susan Crown (whose family owns Aspen Skiing Co.) and William Kunkler.
The Republican presumptive nominee has not visited the Denver Metro area since before the Colorado caucuses on Feb. 7, when Rick Santorum beat Romney 40 percent to 35 percent. His previous campaign stops have included Fort Lupton and Craig, but ignoring the metro area could hurt him, some delegates say.
"I think he's going where he thinks it's going to be friendlier and things are going to be easier. You can read into that what you want," Florence Sebern, an unpledged delegate to this summer's Republican National Convention told the Associated Press. "I'd be surprised to see how many people showed up if he came to suburbs."
As of June, Colorado is almost split evenly three ways with 30 percent unaffiliated, 32 percent Democratic and 37 percent Republican. As it stands, only 13 of the state's 33 delegates are pledged to Romney (though he has 16 alternates pledged to him as well).
DU Political Science Professor Peter Hanson told 9News that some of Romney's method behind his perceived rural madness may be that because cities like Grand Junction went overwhelmingly for Santorum, Romney will have to earn their vote and make sure they show up at the polls.
"What Romney doesn't want to happen is for those voters to stay home," said Hanson.