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Photos: Ten people in Denver on why they came to see Obama speak

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A week after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney brought his campaign to Jefferson County, President Barack Obama is making stops in Colorado, highlighting the importance of this key swing state. Today, thousands of supporters filed into the Auraria Event Center to hear Obama speak, which he's scheduled to do moments from now. Before the event started, we caught up with ten voters to get their take on Obama and Romney.

Carlos Ismael Alvarez, 20, student

Carlos Ismael Alvarez
Carlos Ismael Alvarez
Sam Levin

"I am an undocumented immigrant, but that doesn't exclude me from showing my support. I just want to support my president today. Although I might be invisible, I'm not.... [Romney] is just so ignorant. Why would he want to throw out people like us when we power the economy? We are human beings, too. Why does he want to throw our rights away? [Under Romney] I would be restricted even more than I already am. He's just so ignorant."

Vicki Dillard, 33, inspirational speaker and activist

Vicki Dillard
Vicki Dillard
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"[Romney] needs to release his tax returns. Obviously it's about disclosure. It lets me know your motives and your interests lie with the regular folks.... [Obama] more closely identifies with the American people. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. I'm also not the 1 percent.... I'm also really concerned about [Romney] taking us to war. I'm not looking for another war president."

Rachel Bowen, 28, customer support for video games

Rachel Bowen
Rachel Bowen
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"He's talking about women's health shit today, and that's cool, I'm a woman. [Romney] would kind of suck, because abortion is cool. I'm pretty apathetic...but women's rights are rad. I'm all for that."

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Elijahwon Dixon, 33, call center supervisor

Elijahwon Dixon
Elijahwon Dixon
Sam Levin

"I've been here since 8:30 a.m. -- that's how important this is to me.... The scary part is, if we don't encourage people to vote, and make sure people are able to vote, we will have the terrible, terrible alternative. The alternative doesn't care about people. He cares about corporations. Obama cares about people.... Obama is the best thing since sliced bread."

Shane Littlepage, 34, events manager at Children's Hospital

Shane Littlepage
Shane Littlepage
Sam Levin

"I have to rep the moms and kids of Colorado. I'm here to support the Affordable Care Act.... We need to ensure we don't leave Americans uninsured. I'm worried if [Romney] is elected, it would destroy everything Obama has built over the last four years. It's just gonna be a waste of our taxpayers' dollars."

Andy Falk, 55, house painter

Andy Falk
Andy Falk
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"I waited a while, but it was worth the wait.... Colorado is lagging behind and we've got to come out for Obama. We are a blue state, not a red state.... It doesn't look like [Romney] is going to treat women that good."

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Andrea Duran-Carpenter, 46, stay-at-home mother with Alexandria Carpenter, age 5

Andrea Duran-Carpenter
Andrea Duran-Carpenter
Sam Levin

"He protects civil rights, human rights, workers' rights. And he's a compassionate man. I question Romney's compassion and integrity."

Estelle Crouch, 86, retired school administrator

Estelle Crouch
Estelle Crouch
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"This is so important to me. The women are the backbone of this nation. He has our concerns in his heart.... I'm with him every time he's here, and I'll follow him everywhere he goes.... I don't think [Romney] has the concern of everyone at heart. I don't believe he's genuine. Anybody that laughs before he makes a statement is not for real."

Kristin Andersen, 52, writer

Kristin Andersen
Kristin Andersen
Sam Levin

"We can't refight the battles we've already fought. We can't go backwards. We've got to go forwards. Everyone knows that, including Republicans. We can't redebate birth control.... I'm concerned about the direction of this country."

Kevin Jurado, 20, business administration student

Kevin Jurado
Kevin Jurado
Sam Levin

"This is so important. I'm a student -- this is my future on the line. There need to be jobs out there, otherwise what hope is there for me?... I'm just stoked to be here."

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