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Obama ticket lines jammed

Sara Burnett
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado
Darin McGregor/Rocky Mountain NewsBridget Broomfield tries to peek in the window of the Barack Obama campaign office on Santa Fe Drive as she and more than a dozen other people wait outside to see about getting tickets to Obama's upcoming acceptance speech at Invesco Field.
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DENVER, Colorado ” Getting through on the phone to obtain tickets for Barack Obama’s nomination speech at Invesco Field has proven to be a bit more rocky than anticipated.

Since officials announced the procedure for securing tickets Wednesday afternoon, the phone lines have been jammed while people at Colorado Campaign for Change offices in Colorado try to handle the large volume of requests.

“People have to be persistent,” Obama spokesman Matt Chandler said today. “We’ve run tests and it is working.”



Not for Javier Johnson, however,

The 27-year-old journalism student at Metro State University of Denver, said he started calling shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday. He estimated he dialed the number “at least 50 times,” first getting a busy signal, then endless ringing.



“I’m getting kind of antsy,” Johnson said.

If he has to, the Denver resident said he’ll buy scalped tickets despite warnings from the DNCC and Obama campaign that those tickets may be deactivated and access denied.

“Who wouldn’t?” he said. “I’m a black man, it’s a black president. This is a great opportunity … and I’m trying to make it.”



People wanting tickets were told to use the number 888-468-7404 or visit the Web site co.barackobama.com/invesco and fill out a form to go to the event.

Chandler said they set up a variety of ways for people to try and secure tickets, including the phone and Web site.

However, at least a dozen people showed up at the office on Santa Fe Drive today trying to get tickets and were told to follow the procedure set up via phone or Internet.

On Wednesday, officials announced the bulk of tickets ” more than half ” would go to Colorado residents and two-thirds of the tickets would go to those living in the Mountain West region.

The convention is Aug. 25-28, with the first three nights and Pepsi Center. The final night at Invesco Field was announced a month ago.


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