Jul 10, 2012 9:17 PM by Bill Folsom
Mitt Romney made a surprise stop in Colorado Springs, Tuesday afternoon. His stop underscores the national notoriety of the Waldo Canyon Fire. It also shows Colorado is very important to both candidates as they battle for votes.
Romney arrived in typical candidate fashion with a wave as he got off the plane. But, there wasn't a big gathering of invited supporters and no big speeches or questions about issues. Instead he went to the Care and Share food bank to learn more about the community outpouring in the wake of the Waldo Canyon Fire.
He met in private with some of the families impacted by the fire and then toured the facility. Afterwards he noted the stories of devastation, calling them "heart wrenching". "There's also another side of the story," said Romney, "That's the stories of people helping people."
He credited locals for all the donations and support, then making comments to the rest of the nation on how they can help. He said even though the fire was devastating, the beauty of the states forests and lakes remain. He encouraged people who may have canceled trips to Colorado to "come back" for a vacation.