Senator Obama chanted “si se puede,” or “yes we can,” in Spanish along with an outdoor crowd in Denver estimated at more than 100,000. Denver police Chief Gerry Whitman estimated the crowd at more than 100,000, which campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said was Obama’s largest U.S. turnout. A McCain speech two days ago in Denver drew 3,000 supporters.
Obama has a 12 percentage-point lead over McCain among likely voters in Colorado, according to a Rocky Mountain News/CBS4 News poll. The state hasn’t picked a Democrat for president since 1992. With nine days to go until the Nov. 4 election and leading in most national polls, Obama today continued to hammer his central message that a McCain presidency would mean four more years of the “failed” economic policies of President G.W. Bush. In recent days, Obama has poked fun at McCain’s efforts to distance himself from the Republican president.
“Senator McCain said that actually he and President Bush ‘share a common philosophy,’ ” Obama said. “That’s right, Colorado. I guess that was John McCain finally giving us a little straight talk, owning up to the fact that he and George Bush actually have a whole lot in common.”