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GOLDEN, Colo. -
President Barack Obama asked for another term during a campaign appearance in Golden on Thursday, saying problems in the economy would take more than four years to correct.
But outside the event, some 200 disappointed fans and curious neighbors were herded away from the packed event, which officials estimated had a crowd of about 8,400.
One Obama supporter who was twice told to leave the park in downtown Golden said organizers should have set up a listening area for those not inside.
Inside, Obama told the crowd he was the first sitting president since Ulysses Grant to visit Golden. The president mentioned this week's attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya and vowed, "no act of terror will go unpunished.
This is the President's 9th trip to Colorado this year. In 2008, Obama won Jefferson County with 53.6 percent and McCain won 44.6 percent.
Republicans say the key to success in Colorado could be winning back Jefferson County, once considered a Republican stronghold.
Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have both visited recently. Obama's visit signals Democrats plan to hang on here.
In many cases today, President Obama and Governor Romney used similar language to condemn the attack at the American embassy in Libya.
"Let me say from the outset, our hearts are heavy this week,” said the President during his speech in Golden.
"We have heavy heavy hearts across America today," said Romney during a speech in Fairfax, VA.
Governor Romney also made statements suggesting the President was sympathetic to the embassy attackers in Egypt. The words Obama delivered in Golden seemed structured to dispute that suggestion.
"No act of terror will go unpunished. It will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world," said the President.
Romney also said the President is to blame for potential defense cuts under a congressional budget deal.
"We need a strong America. Where's American leadership? And I intend to lead and have an America that's strong that helps lead the world,” said Romney.