MORRISON, Colo. — Colorado supporters showered Mitt Romney with a thunderous reception late Tuesday as the Republican presidential nominee visited the stunning Red Rocks Amphitheater, repeatedly making him have to pause and collect himself.
“Boy, what a place this is. This is magnificent,” Mr. Romney said, staring out at the amphitheater, built into canyon walls that reach up on either side of the audience, creating one of the most intimate and spectacular performance settings in the world.
The setting seemed to overwhelm him.
“This is a magnificent place for a guy born in Detroit to come here and look at these extraordinary mountains. You look at the handiwork of our creator and it’s just — it’s just overwhelming,” he said.
“There’s nothing more impressive, of course, than the handiwork of creating a child of God and we’re all brothers and sisters in a human family that right now wants to see the kind of leadership that America can bring to the world. And Paul Ryan and I intend to bring it with your help,” he said.
The Romney campaign reported that 12,000 people went through security — overflowing the venue, which says it seats about 9,500. Supporters were sitting on rock walls or standing in aisles to get a peek at their candidate.
Thousands of those in attendance wore red, white and yellow t-shirts to form the giant “C” from the Colorado flag.
It was one of the largest crowds he’s drawn — though in this case he had help from rock star Kid Rock and country music artist Rodney Atkins, who performed before Mr. Romney arrived. Colorado Rockies baseball player Todd Helton also endorsed Mr. Romney.