Candidates appear in Junction

No. 4 of the Top Ten Stories of 2008

With Colorado in focus as one of a handful of swing states in the 2008 presidential election, Grand Junction received an unusually high share of the limelight.

From Barack Obama to Sarah Palin to John McCain, just about everyone who was someone in presidential politics found time to drop by Grand Junction.

Obama, fresh off his speech closing out the Democratic National Convention in Denver, made Grand Junction his first stop and took the opportunity to tie his opponent to President
George W. Bush on economic issues.

“He doesn’t get what’s happening between the mountains in Sedona where he lives and the halls of power,” Obama said.

Obama’s Sept. 15 stop came the same day that banking giant Lehman Brothers announced it was filing for bankruptcy.

Obama’s speech at Cross Orchards, which drew upward of 6,000 people, was the first stop by a presidential candidate since Election Day 1996, when Bob Dole flew into Walker Field Airport for a speech.

Topping Obama, though, was Palin, who filled most of Suplizio Field on Oct. 20 during a swing through Colorado.

“Our opponent is playing with words to hide his real agenda of redistributing your
hard-earned money,” Palin said in a speech that focused on linking Obama’s tax policy to socialism.

Topping off the election cycle, McCain made a last-minute stop at West Star Aviation on Election Day.

“I feel the momentum. I feel it. You feel it, and we’re going to win this election,” McCain told his supporters. “We’re going to win it. And we’re going to win it right here in the state of Colorado.”

Less than 24 hours later, however, Obama was cruising toward a landslide win in the Electoral College, picking up Colorado and a series of other traditionally Republican states.


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