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Obama in Boulder: "They're counting on you not voting -- that's their entire strategy"

America knows Barack.

That was part of the president's message last night in Boulder, where he told thousands of supporters, "Sometimes...it's hard to know who to trust. But here's the thing: After four years as president, you know me by now." In Colorado, that second part is especially true: This is his thirteenth political event in the state this year. And it's not his last.

A day before early voting closes in Colorado, Obama took the stage last night to an estimated crowd of 10,000 packed inside the Coors Event Center in Boulder, just after he got off the phone with officials in New York to discuss continuing cleanup necessitated by Hurricane Sandy.

"For the past few days, all of us have been focused on one of the worst storms of our lifetime. And we're awed and humbled by nature's destructive power. We mourn those who were lost," Obama said. "We pledge to help those whose lives have been turned upside down. I was just on a phone call with some of the local officials in New York...and they've got still a long way to go to deal with this incredible storm."

Obama emphasized the nonpartisan collaboration that comes with this kind of tragedy -- which gave him some positive news coverage this week after he spent time with and earned praise from Chris Christie, New Jersey's Republican governor.

"We've also been inspired these past few days, because when disaster strikes, we see America at its best," he said. "The petty differences that consume us in normal times --they all seem to melt away. We saw it here in Colorado with the fires this summer and then the terrible tragedy in Aurora. In moments like these, there are no Democrats or Republicans during a crisis. Just fellow Americans."

He added, "We're all in this together. We rise or fall as one nation, as one people."

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