Photos: Hate, love, chaos and spin before and after Denver debate 2012

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Next to Hendricks, a group of DU students said they were there to make their support of Romney loud and clear.

"It's kind of inspiring just to see so many young people and students come out here to support," said Jessica Herring, eighteen.

"It's overwhelming," added her friend Natalie Bell, eighteen.

Austin Metsch, another eighteen-year-old student, said he came because he didn't have much else to do. "It's something to do and I think he should be president."

He added, "Everyone is getting nice and rowdy."

"Mitt's the tits!" he shouted as he walked back into the crowd.

Some of the Romney supporters heckled a passerby with an Obama shirt, yelling at her, "Do you want to be Europe? No! This is America!"

John Hopper, 45, who lives in Denver, added, "The energy is fabulous here."

Standing on the Romney side, he shouted, "We are obviously outnumbering them," just as a blue Obama/Biden sign came flying toward him in the wind and hit him.

He brushed it to the ground, crumpled it and stepped on it.

"Do you have a place for trash?" he asked a nearby DPD officer.

She did not.

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