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Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, spoke in Tivoli Turnhalle Feb. 7, in the midst of an uncomfortably tight Colorado caucus race between himself and Rick Santorum.
Santorum swept the GOP primaries Tuesday, winning Missouri and Minnesota by large margins and adding a close victory in Colorado just before midnight (40 percent to Romney’s 35 percent), according to Public Policy Polling.
Colorado House Speaker Frank McNulty, who announced his endorsement of Romney last year, said despite Romney’s projected loss in Colorado, the caucus on Tuesday would not affect the overall nomination.
“The vote tonight is non-binding. There are no delegates associated with that because Colorado still has our primary in June, which is where the delegates will be assigned,” he said.
Shortly after 9 p.m., Romney took the stage amid a roaring crowd of supporters and announced that the results between himself and Rick Santorum were neck-and-neck, but he remained optimistic about an eventual nomination to the GOP ticket.
“The race is too close to call in Colorado, but I’m confident we’ll finish number one or number two,” Romney said. “This was a good night for Rick Santorum, but I still expect to become our nominee.”
The former governor of Massachusetts then concentrated his speech on what he believes are the shortcomings of the Obama administration, citing the nation’s unemployment rate and economy as evidence of failure in the White House.
“Three years ago, President Obama, just after his inauguration, said that if he couldn’t turn this economy around in three years, he’d be looking at a one-term proposition and we are here to collect,” Romney said to a cheering group of approximately 200 supporters on the floor.
Romney ended his address by reminding the crowd that he is the only nominee who comes from a business background, and has never served in Washington D.C., which, he said, characterizes his platform as the real American dream.
The event was sponsored by UCD’s Student Veteran’s Organization, who agreed in principle to host the speech last Friday.
“While we don’t necessarily support Romney, we wanted to get our organization involved in the political process,” Adam Sutton, president of UCD’s Student Veteran’s Organization, said. “This was a great opportunity for us to get involved in something that’s a little bit out of our comfort zone, so to speak.”