Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be making two stops in Colorado today. It is Romney's first visit to the Denver metro area since an embarrassing defeat in the Colorado caucuses to Rick Santorum back in February.
Romney will make a campaign stop headlining an event at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, Colo. where he is scheduled to speak at 11:15 a.m. [Watch LIVE via 9news, above] Afterwards he will travel to Basalt for the Republican Governor's Association conference, according to 7News.
Romney was just in Colorado last month when he paid a visit to a Colorado Springs food bank serving victims of the region's wildfires, hosted a town hall in Grand Junction and held several fundraisers and other events in Aspen.
The GOP presidential candidate faced recent criticism for suggesting that London wasn't prepared to host the Olympics and was openly mocked by conservative British Prime Minster David Cameron. "We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course, it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere," Cameron said, referring to Salt Lake City where Romney was head of the Olympic Games in 2002.
Romney then caught more heat for statement's made during a fundraiser in Jerusalem just this last Sunday when he suggested that Jewish culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians -- a statement that outraged Palestinian leaders, according to The Associated Press.
"It is a racist statement and this man doesn't realize that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation," Saeb Erekat, senior aide to Palestine's President Mahmoud Abbas, said to The Associated Press.
Both the Romney and Obama campaigns took down televised political ads since the Aurora shooting on July 20, but the campaigns have resumed airing ads this week.
Photos from Romney's visit to Colorado Springs in the wake of the devastating Waldo Canyon Fire: