Ernest Luning

Re-ignited Obama lashes out at reinvented Romney

The Colorado Statesman

An energized President Barack Obama came out swinging on a chilly Thursday morning at a park in Denver and landed some of the punches that critics say he pulled the night before in his debate with Mitt Romney.

“When I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney,” Obama told the crowd. “But it couldn’t have been Mitt Romney, because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The fellow on stage last night said he didn’t know anything about that.”

Re-energized Romney campaigns in Jeffco; lists five-point plan to invigorate the economy

The Colorado Statesman

With just 43 days until the November election, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney returned to swing-state Colorado on Sunday to rally supporters in suburban Jefferson County as part of an aggressive reboot of a campaign that has struggled to get traction in recent weeks.

“This is the state to do it,” Romney told a cheering crowd estimated at 7,000 on the athletic fields at D’Evelyn senior/junior high school. “I’m counting on Colorado — this could be the state that takes us over the edge, this could be the state that gives us the electoral votes we need to win this.”

Top 12 Legislative Races of 2012 (September edition)

‘Still up for grabs’ is theme again in this month’s ratings
The Colorado Statesman

In just over two weeks, Colorado voters start receiving ballots in the mail, and nearly a year’s worth of groundwork will start to bear fruit in a tight contest for control of the state legislature, where Republicans wield the speaker’s gavel in the House by a one-seat majority and Democrats preside over the Senate with a more comfortable, five-seat margin.

Of the 85 legislative contests on the ballot — all 65 House seats and 20 of the 35 Senate seats — these dozen races are generating the most heat, drawing the most attention, and could be the closest to call.

Perlmutter, GOP challenger Coors square off in first debate

The Colorado Statesman

Beverages took center stage at the first debate between three-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter and his Republican challenger Joe Coors on Thursday in Arvada.

Saying he wants to go to Congress as “a problem-solver, not a problem-creator,” Coors said that his experience as CEO of Golden-based CoorsTek, an advanced materials manufacturer, means he’s used to working things out.

Liz Cheney, Laurie Romney stump for Mitt

Women for Mitt insist Obama’s economic policies hurt women
The Colorado Statesman

A group of Republican women told a crowd in Lone Tree last Thursday that it’s the sagging economy — not divisive social issues some called distractions — that should steer women voters to pick GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama.

Obama has Golden opportunity in state

President says tax cuts aren’t answer for everything
The Colorado Statesman

GOLDEN — President Barack Obama returned to Colorado last Thursday for a speech that mixed a tough foreign policy stance with his campaign’s message that a second Obama term would fight to restore the country’s middle class.

Just two days after an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya killed the ambassador and three other Americans, Obama praised the diplomats and security “who serve in difficult and dangerous places all around the world to advance the interests and the values that we hold dear as Americans” and vowed to bring the assailants to justice.

Romney’s ‘47 percent’ incites Dems

Republicans take Obama to task over ‘redistribution’ comment
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio tore into Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday, charging that the former Massachusetts governor’s secretly recorded remarks about 47 percent of Americans betray “something very deep, potentially deeply flawed about his character” at a press conference at a Denver park.

Romney son stumps for Dad in Jefferson County

My Dad can fix things’
The Colorado Statesman

GOLDEN — A couple hours after President Barack Obama rallied thousands of supporters in nearby Lion’s Park on Thursday, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s son Josh told a smaller group gathered in the shadow of a campaign bus on a street corner that they were invited to his father’s inauguration after he wins the election in November.

The race, the younger Romney said, won’t come down to the kind of soaring rhetoric and big dreams stoked by the first Obama campaign, but instead will hinge on the cold, hard facts of the economy and his father’s reputation for fixing things.

Beau Biden rips Romney-Ryan for ignoring veterans

Vice president’s son calls GOP proposals ‘outrageous’
The Colorado Statesman

Speaking at a fundraising dinner for Jefferson County Democrats on Saturday in Lakewood, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden charged that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s failure to mention veterans or the war in Afghanistan during his acceptance speech in Tampa was no mere oversight but was “consistent” with what he termed the GOP ticket’s “outrageous” disregard for the country’s commitment to veterans.

Obama looking to mimic ‘Michael Bennet’s campaign on steroids’

Democratic National Convention Day 1
The Colorado Statesman

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jim Messina starts by telling what feels like a well-worn anecdote about a 3-year-old. The tyke, it seems, can answer with authority when asked what President Barack Obama does. “He approves this message,” the youngster says. “Welcome to life in a battleground state,” Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, tells a crowded restaurant filled with Colorado Democrats, who roar with laughter, because they know exactly what he’s talking about.