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JOHN SCHROYER Updated: August 29, 2012 at 12:00 am

Local Republicans are setting up a large outdoor watch party Thursday night for the televised climax of the national convention — the speech of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The party will be at America the Beautiful Park in downtown Colorado Springs, 126 Cimino Drive, east of Interstate 25, south of Colorado Avenue.

Romney campaign volunteers are telling people to show up between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., well before the speech, which is set for 8 p.m. MDT.

Many will bring lawn chairs and blankets, since the speech will be broadcast onto a large TV screen, with a projector camera, said campaign spokeswoman Ellie Wallace.

The party is open to the public, and there will be food and drinks available.

The theme of the watch party is “Believe in America.”

“Coloradans are excited about Gov. Romney’s message of fixing our economy, and these watch parties are another way for them to come out and show their support,” Wallace said in an email. “Our support in Colorado Springs will be critical to winning Colorado in November, and the people there are energized.”

Other watch parties are also being held in Denver, at El Senor Sol Mexican restaurant, at 2301 17th St., and in Grand Junction, at one of the Romney campaign’s offices, at 1114 N. 1st St.

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