- Posted October 28, 2012 by
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Battleground States Talkers Tour - Denver
Denver, CO - The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum was filled to standing room capacity as several conservative heavy hitters took to the stage and addressed the approaching election. Steve Kelly from 710 KNUS-AM/Denver emceed the Battleground States Talkers Tour and the night was opened by an address from U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-CO.
Coffman finds himself in a tough battle for Colorado's 6th District with Rep. Joe Mikolsi. Ads on both sides of the campaign are becoming increasingly negative as the election nears; recent fiery debates show neither man likes the other... not one bit, and the candidates stand at opposite sides of the political spectrum. Coffman addressed topics of patriotism, military service and the state of the nation. He expressed the urgency of the upcoming election and showed serious concern over the polarization of the nation.
Following Coffman the event changed speeds and Mike Gallagher, Hugh Hewitt, and Karl Rove sat down behind a large table for a question and answer session. Mike Gallagher has been a nationally syndicated talk-show host four fourteen years and Talkers Magazine lists his self-titled show “The Mike Gallagher Show” as the 6th most listened to radio talk-show in America. Hugh Hewitt is an author, law professor and broadcast journalist. He is the host of the “Hugh Hewitt Show,” broadcast live from Southern California each afternoon. Karl Rove needs no introduction.
Rove wasted no time and immediately addressed the recent U.S. Ambassador who was murdered in Libya. He balked with frustration at the “new” information that continues to be released, none of which looks very good for the administration. Rove did not hide his views on the Embassy attack either, “It’s absolutely disgusting. This attack lasted seven hours, we had war planes within an hour’s flight, and the CIA was told to stand down three times despite having the ability to engage those attacking our embassy. They were told to stand down three times... That is not how American’s act. We go running toward the bullets to save our own. Americans don’t hide behind a video feed and just watch four U.S. citizens get stalked and slaughtered over a seven hour period.”
Rove was emotional about the subject but with the help of Gallagher and Hewitt conversation flowed over to the economy and the election. As expected, Rove pulled out spread sheets and other pages with bar graphs to illustrate his point. The crowd was demographically varied, respectful, and very passionate about the message of Gallagher, Hewitt, and Rove. Seating was completely occupied by hundreds of spectators; along each side of the stage several children darted around the military aircraft parked neatly in the large hangar-turned-museum.
Rove pointed out that voters who are not regular voters are registering in record numbers; more importantly, illustrated Rove, a higher percentage of “re-registrants” are republicans. Rove also discussed polling data but polls are often skewed. Democratic rallies around the nation have polls stating Obama is clearly the winner as well.
The election is close, probably too close to even speculate about, but the three men speaking to the packed house at Wings Over the Rockies Museum were convinced Romney was going the distance. No matter who takes the presidential win, America is more politically aware than it has been in decades, and that will only bring good things to this government with whom we trust with so many aspects of our daily lives. This promises to be an amazing race, I just hope the political fires stay lit under all American’s no matter their party affiliation.. even after the election!