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Photos: Craig Romney targets Colorado Latinos as dad Mitt prepares for debates

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Speakers at the event also focused on the talking points of unemployment and the deficit, often repeating the refrain that the campaign is strongly emphasizing now as the Democratic National Convention is underway in Charlotte: Americans, and especially Latino residents in Colorado, are not better off than they were four years ago.

Giuliana Day, a supporter in attendance from Aurora, told Westword that she is going to vote for Romney because of his support of small businesses -- and she's sick of the "war on women" claims from Democrats.

"It's very sad to hear this administration is focusing on abortion and paying...for birth control pills," said Day, 42, who was born in Peru and is looking to start an import-export business. "It's insulting. It's really insulting."

She added of the Obama administration, "They've been overwhelming businesses with taxes and regulations. It's almost impossible."

Is she confident Latino voters are going to come out for Romney?

"The message resonates very well.... I've been talking to friends and relatives and they want to find jobs," she said. "I'm very confident. Latinos tend to be very pragmatic."

In a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo survey, nearly 65 percent of Latino voters polled said they plan to vote for Obama in November, compared to about 30 percent for Romney.

State GOP Chairman Ryan Call, who recently expressed to us his confidence that women voters in the state will support Romney, told us yesterday that, for similar reasons, he thinks Latino voters will end up backing the Republican candidate

"It is important and I'm encouraged," said Call, who has said Romney is gaining support from Colorado Hispanics -- a claim some have questioned. "The issues that are important to the Hispanic community are the same issues that are important to all Americans and all Coloradans.... It's a great community. These are hardworking, faithful people who care about wanting to make a better life for their children, that want to help build and grow their business. They want to work hard."

Is Call concerned that Romney is off of the campaign trail to prepare for the debates and is relying on VP candidate Paul Ryan and other surrogates?

"His campaign operation, as you can see, is full steam ahead," he said. "He's got terrific, great representatives and surrogates that are out there making that case.... There's going to be a sustained effort."

Call, who went to Tampa last week, added, "The convention has given a wealth of material for people to be able to go to online. I was watching it last night on YouTube and on Hulu. It's great for folks to be able to go back and actually listen to [Mitt Romney's] own words and listen to these great testimonials by people who worked with him."

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