colorado springs.jpgA day after announcing his plan to beef up President Bush’s office of faith-based initiatives, Barack Obama pops up today in Colorado Springs, whose reputation as the country’s evangelical capital has earned it the nickname “Vatican West.” The Obama camp says the timing is pure coincidence. You buy that?
Here’s the Obama camp’s one-liner on Obama’s Colorado Springs appearance today:

Today, Barack Obama will visit the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs to discuss his plan to boost national service–from the military, to AmeriCorps, to the foreign service, to working to make your neighborhood a better place.


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