Top Colorado Democrats to miss President Obama's event at Denver's Cheesman Park

DENVER - The biggest name in the Democratic Party plans to speak Wednesday at Denver's Cheesman Park, but President Barack Obama won't be sharing the stage with three Colorado Democrats now in the fight of their political careers.

Missing from the morning event — which is closed to the public but open to the media — will be U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Andrew Romanoff, the former state House speaker now running for a seat in Congress.

All three Democrats are locked in competitive elections this fall, but aides to each one said the boss won't be attending the event because of prior commitments. The White House said Obama would be talking about the economy and the president's efforts to shore up economic opportunity for the middle class.

Republicans pounced on the Democratic no-shows and accused them of dodging the president and his poll numbers, which a recent Rasmussen Reports survey put at 53 percent disapproval in Colorado.

Ryan Call, state Republican chairman, said in a statement that Udall and Hickenlooper were "doing everything they can to run" from Obama.

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