COMMENTARY | People like me who live in non-swing states like Wyoming often feel left out of the presidential race. But around 10 miles to the south of where I live in swing state Colorado, voters are being treated like a popular high school girl considering prom dates.
The Daily Camera reported Thursday that President Barack Obama campaigned Thursday night in Boulder, Colo., telling a crowd of 10,000, “If you vote for me, we’ll win Colorado again,” he said. “We’ll win this election. We’ll finish what we started. We’ll keep moving forward.” Mitt Romney is scheduled to visit Colorado Saturday.
Both Romney and Obama deserve criticism for taking non-swing states for granted. Their campaigns certainly don’t ban those living in non-swing states from giving them money. They want our money, but won’t give us the time of day.
I shouldn’t feel alone. The Cleburne (Ala.) News reported Thursday that 40 states have been ignored in this election by both campaigns, even though another non-swing state, California, is responsible for of 18 percent of all campaign donations.
I always consider state and local candidates from both the Wyoming Democratic and Republican parties, so I visit both the GOP and Democrat campaign offices in my hometown of Cheyenne, Wyo., every four years.
Yet how neglected are we in Wyoming? Even though Wyoming is strong GOP territory, I was told at the GOP office Thursday that all the remaining Romney bumper stickers and buttons were sent off to swing states. The Democratic office still had some Obama bumper stickers and buttons earlier this week when I visited, but not many.
UPI reported Thursday on a CNN/ORC International Inc. poll taken in Colorado and released Thursday showing that Obama leads Romney by two points, 50 percent to 48 percent. Contrast this with Wyoming, considered such a foregone conclusion for Romney, that it’s not even being polled, per the “State by State” rundown at HuffPost Politics.
The least Obama and Romney could do is make one visit here before or after trekking to Colorado. My city’s airport, Cheyenne Regional Airport, can even handle Air Force One, as it’s a “Primary diversion airport for Denver International,” per the Wyoming Airport Operators Association website.
That personal touch could motivate more Wyomingites to actually head south to help out one campaign or another or contribute just a little bit more. Oh well.