President Obama has defanged the military, gave his first interview to Muslim journalists and “seeks to purposefully bankrupt and bring about the downfall of America,” fans of Mitt Romney argued at a campaign event Monday.

Journalist Michael Tracey attended the Republican rally at Denver’s Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum two days before the Wednesday debate between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, which will be held nearby. The enthusiasm on display was eerie, Tracey reports, a feeling strengthened by current polling data suggesting the conservative candidate will likely lose Colorado.

It “gave the rally a throwaway feel — as if put on exclusively for the TV cameras and traveling press corps,” Tracey wrote in The American Conservative.

One woman in attendance who is committed to a Romney victory said with a sadness she might not fully comprehend that she wasn’t able to contribute money to the campaign of her choice because of her husband’s medical expenses.

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

Michael Tracey at The American Conservative:

Among Obama’s many affronts to the military include his failure to pay respects at the Tomb of the Unknown on Memorial Day 2009, posited Ellie, a woman from Aurora who wore an American Flag sweater. Additionally, she said, he “didn’t wear a flag on his lapel till he had to.” Judi, also from Aurora (both women declined to provide a surname) said one of the reasons she supports Romney is because he “believes in God,” unlike Obama.

“We need leadership in this country,” Ellie enjoined, “and Romney will stay in Washington, not be out playin’ golf and traveling around the country.”

Claudine Schwartz-Feagin, of Englewood, CO, exited the rally wearing an official Romney/Ryan campaign t-shirt which blared the words, “Government Didn’t Build my business! I did.” She noted that she and her late husband “built” a realty company in the 1970s without any help from government. “If he hadn’t been sick,” Claudine said of her husband, “I would’ve sent more money to Romney’s campaign.” But with medical costs and other expenses, she has been unable.

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