President Barack Obama blew through Denver during a snowstorm Thursday afternoon to boost Sen. Michael Bennet’s re-election campaign, part of a skip across the West to help vulnerable candidates, The Denver Post reports. The president stumped for the rookie Democratic senator in front of about 2,700 people packed into Fillmore Auditorium, then cruised through town in his motorcade to a cocktail fundraiser at the downtown Sheraton.
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Mike Littwin, The Denver Post: If you want an idea just how toxic things are in Washington these days, all you had to do was take a trip to Denver. As you’ve probably seen, Jane Norton welcomed Barack Obama to town by cutting her first TV ad, calling on Obama — who may not have seen the ad — to balance the budget or not run for re-election in 2012.
The Denver Daily News: President Barack Obama’s fundraising visit to Denver yesterday in support of U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet came with its fair share of controversy and protest. From medical marijuana advocates who want to stop raids on growers, to conservatives who questioned the cost of Obama’s visit to Denver, the picket lines were colorful yesterday afternoon outside the Fillmore Auditorium where Obama spoke.
Bloomberg: President Barack Obama is emphasizing his administration’s actions on the economy during a two-state Western state swing that comes as he’s trying to bolster the chances of Democrats in November’s elections. The president plans to announce today in Las Vegas $1.5 billion in funding for housing finance agencies in states where the average prices for homes have fallen more than 20 percent from their peak, according to an administration fact sheet.
Politico: President Obama did his best to present Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet as a Washington outsider who’s only in the nation’s capital to change it. Obama pointed out that this is the first election for Bennet, who was named as Colorado senator just over a year ago. He told a story of how Bennet recently stood up in a Democratic caucus meeting and challenged his colleagues on the ways of Washington. Obama talked about how the two of them have no time for politics. Bennet, he said, is so new to political scene he’s “still kind of puzzled” by it all.
San Francisco Examiner: Complaining that America has grown “numb” from “slash and burn politics,” President Obama urged Democrats here to keep faith with the party and ignore the noise from Washington. Back in full-throated campaign mode, Obama is on a two-day swing through the West trying to shore up a pair of his party’s embattled Senate incumbents.
Los Angeles Times: Looking to galvanize Democrats, President Barack Obama cast himself Thursday as a truth-teller in the Harry S. Truman mold, mocking Republicans who opposed his $787-billion economic stimulus package while claiming credit for delivering projects back home. Speaking to about 2,400 people at a fundraising reception in Denver, the president invoked a famous phrase from Truman’s come-from-behind bid to stay in the White House in 1948.
The Denver Post: Text of Obama’s Denver remarks.