DENVER — Just hours before the first presidential debate, former mayor of Denver and current governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper took the stage at Debatefest to emphasize the importance of social obligation.
“The eyes of the world are upon us,” he said, addressing a crowd of students, community members and media sprawled out on the University of Denver’s campus lawn.
“You are here because you have a social obligation. You’ve heard of social media. You have a social obligation.”
Governor Hickenlooper defined this social obligation as each citizen’s obligation to vote.
“You’re going to make sure that you vote and that your friends vote.”
Meanwhile, several blocks south at DeBoer Park, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and Will.i.am spoke to a crowd of Obama supporters at a rally, encouraging them to move the nation “Forward” by supporting Obama.