For the first time in nearly 70 years, a presidential candidate stumps in La Junta. Democratic presidential nominee, John Kerry, and running mate, Senator John Edwards, came through town this afternoon.
The two senators spoke to a crowd of about 5,000 people. They focused on several key democratic key themes, including the economy and the environment. They also encouraged voters to begin a grass roots effort to take back the White House.
The crowds in La Junta were enthusiastic as Senators Kerry and Edwards took the stage. The candidates wasted no time making their trademark argument that America can do better. Edwards also touched on many familiar themes from the convention. He told the crowd, "When your son or daughter calls from Iraq, tell them help is on the way."
With the crowd properly warmed up, it was time for the main event. As Kerry took his turn at the mike, he took aim at issues of small town America, "John and I are tired of politicians who talk about family values, instead of valuing family."
Kerry told this crowd this is the most important election of our lifetime. "Our best days are yet to come. Let's take back the White House. God bless La Junta."
Kerry says stops like this one are the best way of sharing his message with the American people.