Obama Emphasizes Tax Plan, Women's Rights During Grand Junction Tour
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- President Barack Obama made his way to Grand Junction High School Wednesday, speaking to residents about why he deserves four more years in office. Although the president covered a wide range of topics, he focused on his tax plan, women's rights and the middle class.
Obama stepped back from the podium and took in the crowd. Attendees repeatedly chanted, "Four more years!" It's a sentiment that the Democrat needs from the conservative Western Slope if he hopes to continue forward into a second term.
"This is not just a choice between two candidates or two political parties; it's a choice about two fundamentally different visions for the country," Obama said.
The president said that Romney's 20 percent across-the-board tax cut plan doesn't add up.
"Governor Romney's plan would raise taxes on middle class families with children by an average of $2,000," said the president. Obama said that under his own plan, the 98 percent of Americans who make under $250,000 would not see a tax increase, and neither would the 97 percent of small businesses that make less than a quarter-million.
"Let's give those tax breaks to companies that are investing in Colorado, investing in Grand Junction, hiring American workers and serving American products," said Obama to a roaring crowd.
But the subject that garnered one of the loudest crowd reactions was women's rights. Election experts say Colorado's middle class women are going to be one of the key demographics in securing this state.
"I don't think it makes sense for us to take away control that women have over their own health care decisions," added Obama.
Exit polls from the last election in 2008 show women with college degrees made up 27 percent of Colorado voters. That's compared to the national average of 23 percent; of those voters, 55 percent preferred Obama while 40 percent chose Romney.