Obama touts accomplishments in Golden campaign appearance

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President brings campaign to Jefferson County

By Sandy Barnes

Standing in the bright morning sun on Thursday, President Barack Obama spoke of progress made during his first term in office and challenges to be faced while speaking to a crowd of supporters at Lions Park in Golden.

Obama pointed to job creation and increased use of renewable energy to reduce dependence on foreign oil as achievements accomplished during his first term. With continued efforts, oil imports can be cut in half by 2020, he said.

The president also stressed the importance of keeping taxes low for middle-class Americans.

“Our fight is to restore the biggest bargains to the middle class,” said Obama. “We believe that the economy grows from the middle class up.”

While saying that he is willing to work cooperatively with Republicans, Obama said he could not support tax cuts for the wealthy and a repeal of Wall Street regulations.

“I refuse to ask the middle class to pay more so that I pay less,” he said.

It was Obama’s fourth campaign stop in Colorado so far in his battle with Republican nominee Mitt Romney for the White House. His appearance in Jefferson County signals Jeffco’s role as a key swing county in a key swing state, with voters divided evenly among Democrats, Republicans and independents.

For a full story, check out the Sept. 19 print edition of the Columbine Courier.