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Obama supporters brew up a party in Glenwood Springs

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A small contingent of Barack Obama supporters turned out for a “watch party” to watch speeches from the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night. They also came out to help organize local Democrats into voting for the Democratic presidential candidate.

Obama supporters slowly trickled into the party at the Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. as large-screen televisions tuned to CNN broadcast coverage of the convention. Volunteer sign-up sheets lay strewn across the restaurant’s tables.

As the sound of political speeches ” including one by Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. ” blared across a small section of the brewpub, volunteers had cellphones pressed against their ears as they called dozens of local Democrats.

Gay Moore, 50, of Glenwood Springs, said she came out Tuesday night to help the local Obama campaign organizer put Garfield and Pitkin counties into the Democrat candidate’s column on Nov. 4. Moore said the volunteers’ efforts to help Obama was critical in this year’s election. Moore said she became an Obama supporter in December.

“I realized what he said was ‘we and us’ instead of ‘me and I,'” she said. “I thought he could make a difference in my life.”

For Moore, the single most important issue in this year’s presidential election is Iraq. The economy is second.

“If we can solve the Iraq problem, we can solve the economy problem,” she said.

Moore is probably one of thousands of people who have showed up for almost 150 convention watch parties the Obama campaign organized across the state during the Democratic National Convention.

The Illinois senator’s presidential campaign describes the watch parties as a venue “where volunteers and supporters will bring together their friends and neighbors to show Coloradans why Senator Obama is the only candidate in this race that brings the change our country needs.”

Volunteers were asked to make phone calls after Clinton’s speech to remind others to watch Obama’s speech Thursday night at Invesco Field in Denver, according to campaign information.

As the volunteers in the brewpub made their phone calls, a new resident strolled into their section. One of the volunteers shouted, “Do you want to join the Obama party?”

Annemarie Schiereck, 26, who had just moved to Glenwood Springs from Milwaukee on Tuesday, said, “Sure.” She said she was an Obama supporter because of his campaign theme of hope.

“It really gets people excited,” Schiereck said of Obama’s focus on hope, adding his candidacy has been important because it led people to become engaged with politics and “to take ownership of their country.”

Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117


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