(FORT COLLINS, Colo.) — As Republicans began their first night of convention speakers, President Obama told supporters his opponents will put on an “entertaining” show in Tampa with lots of glitz, but little substance.
“The show in Tampa I’m sure will be very entertaining and I’m sure they’ll have wonderful things to say about me,” Obama jokingly said at Colorado State University. “It will be well-produced. You know, they’ve hired all kinds of fancy TV producers … The only problem is it won’t offer a path forward.”
The crowd of roughly 13,000 started to boo as the president mentioned the GOP convention.
“Don’t boo. Vote,” he replied, which brought cheers. “That’s the best response. Vote and get some of your friends to vote.”
Continuing to woo young voters, the president warned his supporters that Republicans are feeding them a “diet of cynicism,” hoping they get discouraged and don’t show up at the polls.
His opponents, Obama said, are “telling you change isn’t possible. You can’t make a difference. You won’t be able to close the gap between life as it is and the life that we imagine for each other.”
With 70 days till the election, Obama urged: “Don’t listen to the cynics. Don’t listen to the naysayers.”
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