President Obama enlisted a familiar face from the contraception debate to introduce him in Denver: Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student and activist who testified on Capitol Hill about her school not covering birth control. She then became the face of the Democratic side of the issue after she was called a “slut” and “prostitute” by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.
Fluke praised the president for “defending my right to speak without being attacked. Mr. Romney could only say those weren’t the words he would have chosen. Well, Mr. Romney, you're not going to be the candidate we choose,” she said.
Obama’s two-day swing through Colorado, which he won by nine points in 2008, comes as a new Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS poll shows him trailing Romney in Colorado by five points, 50-45.
While Obama campaign officials stress that they always believed Colorado would be a competitive state, the president underscored how important he believes the Centennial State is to his re-election when he responded to the crowd’s chant of “four more years!”
“If we win Colorado, I’ll get four more years!” he said.
Obama continues his four-city Colorado trip later tonight in Grand Junction.
Intellpuke: You can read more of this article by NBC News Correspondent Ali Weinberg, reporting from Denver, Colorado, here: usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/08/13186860-obama-courts-women-in-colorado-says-romney-would-cut-health-benefits?lite