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October 23, 2012

Romney to rock Colorado -- in a venue built by the government

Mitt Romney is in Denver Tuesday night for his second rally of the day, along with New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Kid Rock, and Rodney Atkins.

And even the venue -- the Red Rocks Ampitheatre just outside Denver - is getting attention.

The site -- which usually hosts rock concerts offered a twinge of irony for the Republicans with the Denver Post noting today that it's a throwback to the use of government money to create jobs -- a notion that Romney and Ryan have rejected. The newspaper noted the iconic venue was built as part of the Depression-era New Deal employment programs. The Post said "hundreds of those workers took the natural amphitheater at Red Rocks and built it into the functioning venue it is today."

Romney adviser Kevin Madden wouldn't comment on whether it was a good use of campaign funds to spend an estimated $100,000 to rent the venue, saying he was not aware of the cost.


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