Colorado GOP, Dems eager to predict presidential race

It doesn’t matter who the Republican Party’s presidential candidate is, Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call said Thursday.

Whoever it is will beat Democratic President Barack Obama, he said.

“Really, this upcoming election is going to be about the direction of the country and whether Colorado voters and Americans believe the direction that Obama is taking our country and our state is the right direction,” Call said. “Who our standard-bearer is going to be will become clear over the next few months, but this election in very significant ways really is about Barack Obama and his failed leadership.”

Call’s comments were part of a kickoff of a new messaging campaign the GOP is starting this month.

That message? Obama, bad. ‘Nuff said.

“It’s hard to not at least chuckle a little bit about that because they don’t have a candidate, and they’re not even close to having a candidate,” Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio said. “They have quite a few people who have come forward that, frankly, they don’t offer what Colorado needs. The Republicans can shift through all of the national message campaign kickoffs and strategy sessions that they want, but it doesn’t change the fact that they have no one to run against President Obama right now.”

Currently, 17 Republicans either have declared their candidacy for the top job or formed an exploratory committee.

They include such people as Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

The list includes such dark-horse candidates as Jimmy McMillian, the New Yorker who made national news last year in his “The Rent Is Too Damn High Party” bid for that state’s governor.

“They have some interesting folks out there,” Palacio said. “Mitt Romney, not exactly the best of the candidates. Tim Pawlenty, you can thank him for the dysfunction that created the Minnesota shutdown. Michele Bachmann, she’s about as extreme as extreme gets. Their candidates offer nothing to Coloradans.”

Regardless, Call made it clear the GOP’s plan is to blame Obama. A new television advertisement the Republican National Committee will start airing this month says he’s to blame for millions of foreclosures, billions of dollars in tax increases and trillions of dollars in national debt.

“With the national committee’s launching of the first national message in this campaign, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about the president’s economic leadership failures, and how they put Colorado in play in the upcoming 2012 election cycle,” Call said. “The election will come down to the president’s failure to lead on the economy.”


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