AURORA — Bryce Murphy hopped off his skateboard for a moment to ponder the question.
A solidly middle-class hair stylist in Denver, Murphy supported Barack Obama four years ago, but considers himself a potential Mitt Romney vote this year.
So what does he want to hear from the candidates in their first debate?
“Just let us hustle at our own pace,” said Murphy, 32, skating in Aurora’s City Park. “I just don’t want it to get any tougher.”
America’s next president will govern a battered and shrinking middle class. In interviews across the Front Range, a bipartisan sampling of people in that income range had a message for the candidates that transcended political ideology: Help us get back to work, then stay out of our way.