FORT COLLINS, Colo. — "Before we get started," Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said in this key battleground state, "let me just ask you — how many people have early voted?"
Many in the crowd of 45,000 raised their hands.
"That’s what I like to see!" Obama said. "For those of you who did not raise your hand — first of all, everybody who early voted, raise your hand again. OK, now, keep your hands up. Keep your hands up. All right now — if you have not early voted then talk to that person who’s raising their hand next to you and find out how to early vote. It’s easy, it’s fun. … You’ll feel morally superior having already cast your ballot while those lazy procrastinators are waiting until Nov. 4!”
Obama told the crowd to visit his Web site to find out where to vote early.
"There are all kinds of ways for you to figure out how to cast your ballot early, avoid those long lines. Now, I especially want you to vote early if you’re voting for me. If you’re voting for the other guy, you should just wait until Nov. 5. Ha, ha, ha. I’m just teasing, it’s actually Nov. 4 is the election."
- Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller