Palin visits Colorado Monday; Grand Junction rally set
Grand Junction correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, running mate of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, will be in Grand Junction Monday.
The McCain-Palin campaign sent out an e-mail Thursday night announcing the campaign stop, along with two others in Colorado on Monday.
Palin will be at Grand Junction’s Suplizio Field in Lincoln Park at 6 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m.
Mesa County Republicans Chairman Gary Roahrig predicted the event was likely to be “the biggest event we’ll have on the Western Slope for some time to come.”
“We were told four months ago this would happen. We’ve had our fingers crossed hoping it would occur. And now it’s been confirmed,” Roahrig said.
Roahrig had spoken with the Secret Service about hosting an anticipated 18,000 to 20,000 people at the rally. Attendees will get commemorative tickets once their inside the field, admission will be first come, first serve.
Mesa County Democrats Chairwoman Mary Beth Pyle said Palin’s visit may have something to do with efforts by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s to get local voters energized to vote for their candidate.
Obama visited Grand Junction on Sept. 15.
“I think because they’re behind in the polls they realize they need to get their candidates to Colorado, especially on the Western Slope,” Pyle said.
Palin will also hold a “Road to Victory” rally at 8 a.m. Monday at Security Service Field, home of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, before heading to Loveland, Colo.
She is scheduled to appear there at the Budweiser Events Center at noon.
Alaska’s governor has been a frequent visitor to Colorado since becoming McCain’s running mate. Earlier this month, she attended a fundraiser in Englewood, where she accused Democrat Barack Obama of “palling around” with terrorists. And she and McCain appeared together in Colorado Springs on Sept. 6.
Palin’s visit Monday coincides with the opening of early voting at selected locations across Colorado.
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