Obama plans Monday GJ stop

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will visit Grand Junction on Monday as part of a swing through Colorado.

Obama’s trip includes a stop in Pueblo, but his campaign released no other details Thursday.

Obama’s stops to Grand Junction and Pueblo mark the first time the Illinois senator has returned to the Centennial State since he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination before more than 80,000 people at Invesco Field on Aug. 28.

Mary Beth Pyle, chairwoman of the Mesa County Democratic Party and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, said she is thrilled that Obama is coming to Grand Junction.

“It’s going to be exciting,” she said.

Skip Mottram, who attended Obama’s speech at Invesco Field, said he is looking forward to hearing Obama speak again.

“That’s wonderful,” the longtime Grand Junction resident said.

Obama is the first presidential candidate to visit Grand Junction since 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole passed through the area ahead of Colorado’s March primary.

Dole, whose father-in-law was born in Grand Junction, was not yet the nominee during his stop at the Grand Junction Regional Airport.

Former first lady and presidential hopeful and current New York Sen. Hillary Clinton stopped in Grand Junction in 1992.

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is expected to stop in Colorado next week.

Obama’s opponent, Arizona Sen. John McCain, has not come to Grand Junction, but he has held events in Aspen, Denver, Colorado Springs and other Front Range communities.


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