Romer back on campaign trail, this time for Obama

Former Colorado gov. Roy Romer meeting with Mesa County Commissioner candidate Dan Robinson at Lincoln Park. Romer and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar are touring the Western Slope stumping for Barack Obama.

Three Colorado Democrats worked to fire up Mesa County Democrats on Friday as the trio passed through Grand Junction on a statewide tour of rural areas.

In the eyes of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, “You’re just as important as the people who live in big cities,” Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., told about 100 cheering supporters gathered at Lincoln Park.

Salazar was joined by former Gov. Roy Romer and Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Stulp in a recreational-vehicle campaign across the state.

All three hammered at Republican candidate John McCain for raising the possibility of changing the way the Colorado River is managed. McCain, who is from the downstream state of Arizona, said the states along the Colorado River should revisit the way it is managed.

“We’re not going to put our water on the table for negotiation with the state of Arizona or anybody else,” Salazar roared to cheers.

Romer, who served as governor for 12 years and was most recently superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, said he was persuaded to hit the campaign trail because of the nation’s economic woes.

The United States had a $5 trillion debt eight years ago and now has a debt of $11 trillion, Romer said. He likened the nation’s economic woes to that of a farmer who leases land in good condition and returns eight years later to find it fallow and dusty.

Obama, an Illinois senator, is the right candidate to get the nation’s economy back in order, Romer said, noting, “He’ll be cool under fire.”

It was no accident that Obama’s first visit to Colorado after his nomination in Denver was to Grand Junction and then to Pueblo. Those stops illustrated Obama’s commitment to rural areas, Salazar said.

Romer, Salazar and Stulp agreed to act as Obama’s surrogates because “Colorado might be the key state in this watershed election,” Romer said.


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