President Obama plans visit to Denver next month for Udall fundraiser

President Barack Obama talking at the White House April 17, 2014.

President Barack Obama talking at the White House April 17, 2014.

DENVER — President Barack Obama will come to Denver next month for a fundraiser for Sen. Mark Udall’s re-election bid.

The president will attend a luncheon for the 2014 Colorado Victory Fund on July 9 at a location to be announced later. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet is also expected to attend.

Udall is expected to be in a tough re-election fight with Rep. Cory Gardner this fall in a race that could tip the balance of the Senate back to Republicans.

Vice President Joe Biden attended a fundraiser for Udall in Denver last month before speaking at the commencement ceremony at the Air Force Academy.

“Weeks after Vice President Biden came to Colorado to reward Senator Udall, President Obama is coming to raise money for him and say thank you himself,” Gardner campaign spokesman Alex Siciliano said in a statement of the president’s visit. “Senator Udall votes with President Obama 99 percent of the time, Cory has yet to meet one person in Colorado who agrees with the president that often.

“Perhaps while fundraising in Colorado next month, President Obama and Senator Udall can find time to explain to the more than 335,000 Coloradans who had their health insurance plans cancelled why they were lied to.”