Hank Brown
Hank Brown (MARK LEFFINGWELL)

As 13,000 people gathered on the University of Colorado's Norlin Quad on Sunday to cheer on President Barack Obama, a group of a dozen or so Mitt Romney supporters held a small rally of their own to show Obama wasn't the only candidate with support in Boulder.

Led by former U.S. senator and ex-CU President Hank Brown, the small group gathered at the Dalton Trumbo Fountain outside the University Memorial Center to show their colors as Obama fans filtered off Norlin Quad.

"This was a great opportunity for Republicans to share our thoughts and philosophy," Brown said.

While Brown said a few people stopped and stood with the Romney supporters, most members of the Obama crowd were vocal in their opposition to the small group, at one point drowning out Brown with chants of "Obama!"

"It was a good-natured exchange," Brown said later with a smile. "By Boulder standards, I think it was pretty calm."

Aslin Scott, the Colorado youth co-chair of Young Americans for Romney, said she felt it was important to have a presence at the Obama campaign event since she believes students would benefit greatly by voting for the Republican.

"I think they have been disillusioned, and (Obama) has not been able to keep his promises," she said, citing increasing tuition and unemployment numbers for recent graduates. "Students, he is not supporting you, and he does not believe in the same America as you do."

Brown added that he thinks students will be a big part of why he thinks Romney will oust Obama in November.


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"We can't just put our head in the sand," Brown said. "Students recognize that more than anyone else because they will have to live with the consequences."

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