Posted: 05/10/2012 01:00:00 AM MDT
Updated: 05/10/2012 08:17:23 AM MDT
By Sara Burnett
The Denver Post
FORT LUPTON — Mitt Romney bypassed Colorado's more populous swing counties and Republican strongholds Wednesday for his first in-state campaign stop since becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, opting to walk the oil-rich dirt north of metro Denver and pitch his energy policies surrounded by an oil derrick, a tanker truck and vast fields of green.
Standing before about 400 supporters at a K.P. Kauffman Co. drill site, Romney noted that not all energy companies are huge and based in Texas. Some, he said, are like the privately owned company that founder Kevin Kauffman said he started nearly 30 years ago "with $100 on the kitchen table, an idea and a dream," and now has 200 employees.
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