Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


President Barack Obama finished out his campaign swing through the state with a stop in Colorado Springs this afternoon. He spoke for nearly 30 minutes, and touched on energy, the economy, and education. Mr. Obama called higher education an economic necessity, and called for tax reforms aimed at helping the middle class.

“When we grow from the middle-class up, when we provide ladders of opportunity for those who want to get into the middle class and are willing to work hard to do it, everybody does well. Top, middle, bottom.”

Bernell Parr just retired from Fort Carson, and says he came from a lower class background in New Orleans. Parr says he appreciates the President’s message.

“I thought what he said today was right on track, with getting back on the American agenda, what we’ve always been accustomed to, helping the middle class, and forging the middle class, and causing us to be prosperous so that the whole nation can be prosperous.”

The President also held a rally in Pueblo this morning, and visited Grand Junction and Denver yesterday. GOP rival Mitt Romney visited the state last week, and currently has surrogates like Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal traveling the state. Jindal was part of a rally in downtown Colorado Springs that occurred immediately after the President’s speech, while Portman’s event is planned for this evening.



Results from Colorado’s new statewide public school tests show little student improvement over previous years. The new Transitional Colorado Assessment Program tests measures year-to-year improvement for students, which educators say is better than the previous test that only provided a snapshot of student performance.

 

Comments are closed.

News

August 22, 2014 | NPR · A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there’s also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.
 

Warner Bros/The Kobal Collection
August 22, 2014 | NPR · Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the “dread factor.”
 

BBC America
August 22, 2014 | NPR · The BBC will soon air its first Doctor Who episode with Peter Capaldi as the show’s hero, The Doctor. Capaldi tells NPR TV critic Eric Deggans the 50-year-old series inspired him to become an actor.
 

Arts & Life

Getty Images
August 22, 2014 | NPR · Also: How to tell you’re in a Balzac novel; Ernest Hemingway’s letters.
 

First Second
August 22, 2014 | NPR · Comics critic Etelka Lehoczky says the wildly discordant art styles in a new graphic novel compilation of World War I poetry work to illuminate the emotional chaos of soldiers on the Western Front.
 

Warner Bros/The Kobal Collection
August 22, 2014 | NPR · Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the “dread factor.”
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
August 21, 2014 | WXPN · Writer and radio personality Catalina Maria Johnson explores a musical movement in Argentina. She first heard the music through visual arts and describes it as ecological, spiritual and organic.
 

Courtesy of the artist
August 21, 2014 | WXPN · The bassist, singer and songwriter performs music from her new album (Comet, Come To Me) and discusses how Nina Simone’s work influences her own.
 

August 21, 2014 | NPR · Before Ponty came to the States, he already had his concept. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the digital reissue of Sunday Walk.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab