Romney campaigning in likely swing state Colorado

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Mitt Romney isn’t spending Monday in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina.

Instead of pressing the flesh in one of these early primary states, the Republican presidential candidate is making his presence known in a state that could prove to be important to him later down the road. (Romney draws fire for not signing pro-life pledge)

He’s spending Monday in Colorado, a likely general election swing state.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, is meeting with small business owners in Aurora at a local bar, according to his campaign.

Former Bush adviser Karl Rove recently called Colorado “the quintessential swing state” against President Obama in 2012.

“In 2012, as goes Colorado, so goes the nation,” Rove said at a Republican luncheon in the state.

Romney on Monday also announced eight Coloradans who will serve on his leadership committee including former Gov. Bill Owens and former Sen. Wayne Allard.

“I look forward to working with them during my campaign to promote job creation, balance our exploding budgets, and reverse President Obama’s failed policies,” Romney said.