Ernest Luning

Former President Clinton continues to slam Romney at Colorado campaign stops

‘Explainer-in-chief’ delivers stunning blows
The Colorado Statesman

Former President Bill Clinton revved up supporters of President Barack Obama and delivered a ringing denunciation of Republican nominee Mitt Romney at two campaign stops on Tuesday in Commerce City and Denver.

Obama has “got a better jobs plan, he’s got a better health care plan, he’s got a better education plan, he’s got a better budget plan and he’ll keep trying to bring us together,” Clinton told an estimated 2,000 supporters inside a packed gymnasium at Manual High School after speaking earlier to a smaller crowd at Adams City High School.

Candidates brand each other liars in CD 7

The Colorado Statesman

With less than a week to go before ballots are counted, the race for the 7th Congressional District seat between incumbent Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter and his Republican challenger, Joe Coors, is coming down to a hard-fought chase for votes after a campaign that has turned brutal in recent months.

“We have this saying in Jefferson County — if you walk, you win,” said Perlmutter at a rally for volunteers on Sunday. “It’s the personal contact you make, it’s that door-to-door contact… when you look somebody in the eye and you explain why you feel it’s so important.”

The stars shine brightly for candidates

‘Mad Men’s’ Jon Hamm attracts the ladies, but goal is to get them to vote
The Colorado Statesman

Advocates for President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney criss-crossed the state as the clock ticked down toward the Nov. 6 election.

The stars came out on Saturday as “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, his wife, actress and screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt, and “Law & Order: SVU” star Stephanie March plied the metro area in an Obama campaign van, making stops at field offices and what the campaign calls staging locations, where volunteers gather to pick up canvassing material, in Lakewood, Littleton and Denver.

Second Lady makes first rate pitch for Obama-Biden

The Colorado Statesman

Dr. Jill Biden — wife of Vice President Joe Biden, known as America’s second lady — told Obama supporters in Colorado that important gains for education, veterans issues and women’s rights are on the line in the presidential election at stops on the Front Range this week.

Biden, who has continued teaching English at a Delaware community college, was introduced by her daughter Ashley and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter at a Sunday night rally at a Lakewood campaign office filled with about 50 volunteers and staff. The next day she spoke at rallies in Colorado Springs and Ft. Collins.

Obama campaigns (again) in Denver

President electrifies 16,000 supporters in City Park
The Colorado Statesman

Under heavy skies on a chilly Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama made a brisk case for re-election at a quick campaign stop at Denver’s City Park.

“We’ve got a long way to go, Colorado, but we’ve come too far to turn back now,” he told an estimated 16,000 supporters sprawled across the green on the east side of Ferril Lake. “We cannot go back to the same policies that got us into this mess. We’ve got to keep moving forward with the policies that are getting us out.”

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.