Obama to visit Grand Junction
Grand Junction correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama will travel into the natural gas drilling country of western Colorado when he visits Grand Junction Monday morning.
It will be the first time in 40 years a presidential candidate has campaigned in Grand Junction, said Nancy Terrill, a volunteer for Obama’s campaign.
Details of exactly when and where he would speak were unavailable Thursday afternoon.
The visit underscores Colorado’s importance as a battleground state between Obama and Republican nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain, said people familiar with the campaign.
“We’re taking no areas for granted,” said Matt Chandler, Obama’s Colorado press secretary. “This campaign is fighting hard throughout Colorado, and we aren’t going to cede any county.”
“Colorado is a swing state and Mesa is a swing county,” said Mary Beth Pyle, Mesa County Democratic Party chairwoman. “He has advance people here trying to find a site.”
Pyle attended the Democratic National Convention in Denver last month, but she didn’t get to meet Obama, “So I’m very much looking forward to that.”
At Grand Junction’s Obama headquarters, volunteers said they look forward to his visit.
“This state has to go for him,” said Diana Coe, a horse rancher from Collbran. “It’s for our children and our grandchildren. It’s for the life of America as we have known it.”
Coe offered to have Obama visit her 120 acres in Collbran.
“I’m going to do absolutely everything I can to get this man elected.”
Sherryl Buckley said she was at a loss for words “because it is so exciting,” after hearing the news Thursday afternoon.
She supports Obama because “he cares about the working people. How many times has anyone come to campaign in Grand Junction? He just doesn’t say it. He’s doing something.”
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