Presidential campaign comes to Craig:
Mitt Romney, presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will make a campaign appearance starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig. For more information and to RSVP, email TeamCO@mittromney... or call (720) 443-1517.
“Craig is facing a lot of economic challenges due to the burdensome regulations implemented by this administration. The governor is going to talk about some of his solutions to get the country back on track again.”
— Sarah Pompei, Mitt Romney campaign spokeswoman
Sarah Pompei, a campaign spokeswoman for Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney, discussed Sunday topics local residents can expect to hear Tuesday morning when the former Massachusetts governor appears for a public event in Craig.
The Romney event is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig.
“Craig is facing a lot of economic challenges due to the burdensome regulations implemented by this (President Barack Obama's) administration,” Pompei said. “The governor is going to talk about some of his solutions to get the country back on track again.”
Romney is expected to cite Craig and Moffat County’s abundant natural resources and dependence on the energy industry in his speech about the economy and job creation.
“We’ve heard a lot of promises from President Obama that he simply hasn’t followed through on,” Pompei said. “We’ll be talking to people across the country from now until Election Day about the governor’s ability to create jobs and his vision for moving the country forward.”
On Saturday and Sunday, local officials and law enforcement met with members of Romney’s campaign staff and U.S. Secret Service agents to discuss logistics of the event.
Visitors will not be allowed to gain access to the event until 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to a Romney campaign news release.
The first 1,300 people will be routed to a special, up close viewing area, Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said.
Residents hoping to take advantage of the special section are encouraged to arrive early.
However, because the secure area will be accessed through magnetometers, the Romney campaign will not grant secure area access to anyone carrying a backpack or weapons — even pocket knives will not be allowed, Vanatta said.
Cameras and camera cases are permitted.
Although the event does not open to the public until 7:30 a.m., Vanatta said city staff will begin closing streets as early as 5 a.m. to provide Romney campaign staffers enough time to set up.
Among the road closures are Yampa Avenue between Victory Way and Seventh Street; the 500 block of Breeze Street; the alley between the 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue and Breeze Street; and Sixth Street from Breeze to Russell streets.
In addition, the Moffat County Department of Social Services parking lot will be closed beginning at 5 a.m., as will the city parking lot south of Alice Pleasant Park.
The area will be closed to all vehicle traffic, Vanatta said.
Those attending the event will be routed down Breeze Street to the entrance, which will be located at the Department of Social Services parking lot.
Romney is scheduled to appear at 3:35 p.m. in Las Vegas following the campaign event in Craig, Pompei said.
Although the GOP contender has received invitations from local elected officials and energy operators for tours and meetings, Pompei could not confirm Sunday how much time he would spend in Craig after the public event, if any.
However, even if the visit is a quick one, Moffat County Republican Party Chairman KC Hume believes it's important all the same.
“I think it’s really exciting,” Hume said. “Romney’s visit provides a wonderful and unique opportunity for the citizens of Craig and Moffat County to see, hear and interact with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.”
Craig, with a small population that leans Republican by a roughly 3-to-1 margin, is a unique campaign stop for a presidential candidate to make.
In the 104 years since Craig became an incorporated city and 101 years since Moffat County was carved off from neighboring Routt County, no sitting president has visited, said Dan Davidson, Museum of Northwest Colorado director.
Still, the community has some interesting ties to the Oval Office.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt stayed in Room 2 of the Baker House, now the Golden Cavvy Restaurant near Alice Pleasant Park, before his 1913 appointment as assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, Davidson said.
Herbert Hoover is believed to have worked a mine near the Moffat County/Wyoming border as an engineer long before his 1929 presidential election.
Theodore Roosevelt used Meeker as his base to hunt in Northwest Colorado while serving as William McKinley’s vice president at about the turn of the century.
Alf Landon, a former Kansas governor and 1936 Republican Party presidential nominee, owned a building in Craig, Davidson said, but there are no records confirming whether Landon visited the area during his bid for the presidency.
He was defeated by FDR.
For more information on the event and to RSVP, email teamCO@mittromney.com or call (720) 443-1517.
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