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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) and his running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (L), listen during a campaign rally September 25, 2012 at Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio. (Getty Images)

The Romney-Ryan campaign bus rolled through remote Morrison, Colo., last night and helped energize a roaring crowd at Red Rocks Amphitheater.  The rock structure provided a magnificent backdrop for the open-air event and the crowd of roughly 10,000 was at capacity and thousands more were reportedly turned away.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speaks during a rally at Red Rocks in Morrison on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. (Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

The Denver Post was on hand to file this report:

Repeatedly, Romney referred to President Barack Obama as a president whose time has passed — out of ideas to improve the economy and out of touch with the needs of business owners. Romney said his own plans would restore American prosperity and prestige.

"The president's status-quo campaign ... is why he's slipping, and it's why we're gaining," said Romney, who was joined at the rally by running mate Paul Ryan. "It's why this movement is growing across the country."

It was the Romney campaign's biggest rally in Colorado by far, and the campaign pulled out the stops for it.

Supporters in the audience clacked together Thundersticks, creating a sound akin to a stampede. Musicians Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins warmed up the crowd. Colorado Rockies legend Todd Helton showed up to give his endorsement. And New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a rising star in the Republican Party, also was on the bill, telling the crowd: "There's a guy backstage who has the answers to the problems we face."

When that guy walked out on stage — and the crowd roared a deafening roar — he appeared in awe of the scene before him.

And what a scene it was:

(Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

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