Ernest Luning

Romney, supporters revel at Red Rocks

The Colorado Statesman

MORRISON — When Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stepped to the front of the stage at Red Rocks on Tuesday night, he paused for a long moment, put his hand over his heart and gazed up at the crowd as it rained down cheers and clattered together campaign-themed Thundersticks in a deafening roar, a contented smile growing on his face.

“Look at the handiwork of our Creator,” he said over the din. “It’s just overwhelming.”

Colorado’s delegates to RNC wined and dined to the tune of $600 each

Sponsorships of Democratic delegates to Charlotte fell into the “trivial value” category
The Colorado Statesman

Corporations, trade groups, individuals and a law firm treated Colorado Republicans who attended the Republican National Convention in August to nearly $600 per person worth of breakfasts, concerts, attire and a luxury lunch-time cruise around Tampa Bay, according to documents obtained by The Colorado Statesman.

Top 12 Legislative Races approach final lap

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado voters are less than two weeks away from awarding control of the state House and Senate to one party or the other, and there has never been a more energetic — and expensive — campaign than the one waged this year, in the shadow of an equally overwhelming presidential contest for the state’s coveted nine electoral votes. Nearly two weeks after mail ballots started arriving in mailboxes, and a few days after early voting has started, the pitched battle to turn out every last voter will only intensify until the polls close on Nov. 6.

Biden mocks Romney in second debate

Romney son defends Dad at Greeley campaign stopover
The Colorado Statesman

GREELEY — A peppy Vice President Joe Biden hammered Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan at a rally in Greeley on Wednesday, charging more than once that the Republican ticket was stuck in “a 1950s time warp.”

On the morning after a charged presidential debate, Biden told the estimated 1,100 people gathered inside an exhibit hall in Island Grove Regional Park that he was proud of President Barack Obama, calling him a “man of principle, a man of gumption, a man with a steady hand and a clear vision. That’s what America got to see last night.”

Colorado Republicans: Romney was on game for second debate

Not as strong as first debate, but still lots to cheer about
The Colorado Statesman

Although the Republican ticket didn’t land the kind of knock-out punches that Mitt Romney scored in his first debate with Barack Obama, Colorado Republicans had plenty to cheer about at parties convened in Denver to watch the vice presidential and second presidential debates.

Michelle Obama swings through our swing state

Urges Coloradans to reelect her husband
The Colorado Statesman

CASTLE ROCK — First Lady Michelle Obama urged Colorado voters to send her husband, Barack Obama, back to the White House for another term during a two-day, three-city campaign swing through the state last week. Saying that the presidential race in this battleground state will be much closer than it was last time — when Obama won by 73 votes per precinct — she urged supporters to double down on their efforts chasing every ballot.

Colorado’s Senators warn of Romney’s budget proposals

Udall, Bennet cite ‘devastating’ effects
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado’s two senators — both Democrats — sounded the alarm over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s budget policies on Monday, warning that his proposals would be “devastating” to key industries and populations in the state.

“For months, we here in Colorado have watched this campaign unfold, and now it’s time to make our voices heard. As we cast our votes, it’s really important to understand what’s at stake,” said U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, who joined fellow senator Michael Bennet at a press conference at an Obama campaign office near the University of Denver.

Gessler continues to stir things up

Secretary of State accuses opponents of playing race card
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler told a national conservative audience in Denver last Thursday that those on the left only pretend to care about vote fraud but are only interested in stirring up anger against conservatives to win votes when they “demagogue” the issue. What’s more, he said, his political opponents are happy to play “the racism card, and they are more than willing to lie to do this.”

Campaigns get traction on local campaign trail

The Colorado Statesman

In the aftermath of a debate in Denver last week that both sides agree dealt a setback to President Barack Obama’s campaign, Democrats launched a star-studded tour of the state in a final push to register voters, while Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign, buoyed by increasingly favorable poll results, exulted in a surge of volunteers that organizers predicted would presage a GOP victory.

Colorado Republicans shine on CPAC stage

Lamborn, Gardner address conservative conference
The Colorado Statesman

Two Colorado Republicans made their debuts at the local version of the country’s premiere gathering of right-leaning activists and politicians when the Conservative Political Action Conference set up shop in Denver last week in the afterglow of the first presidential debate. U.S. Reps. Doug Lamborn and Cory Gardner bracketed a full day of speeches and panel discussions at CPAC-Colorado last Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport, near I-70 and East 40th Avenue.