Tipton in Grand Valley for campaign wrap-up

Republican congressional candidate Scott Tipton joked with 25 supporters Sunday about how long the campaign seems to have gone on.

“Who knows? We could probably start negative advertising if it goes on much longer,” Tipton said.

Tipton and U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., have been locked in a rancorous campaign since September, when they battled out of the gate at the Club 20 debates.

Since then, both sides and their backers have opened fire on the airwaves, and spokespeople have tagged each others’ candidates as “Two Ways Tipton” or “No Show Salazar.”

Speaking at the Western Colorado Cattlemen’s Association livestock sales barn in Loma, Tipton took aim at the health care legislation that Salazar backed, and took a shot at President Obama.

“We are an exceptional people,” Tipton said.

In the election on Tuesday, “We probably have not had as clear a choice in quite some time” between himself and Salazar, Tipton said.

If he’s elected, his first order of business will be to press for the extension of the Bush tax cuts to give business the certainty it needs to begin hiring, Tipton said.

Salazar, a three-term congressman, has called for a year-long extension of the tax cuts.

Tipton is to campaign today in Grand Junction and will be town on Election Day, Tuesday.


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