‘War on Terror’ a common theme of Republican Congressional candidates

Two Colorado Republicans are invoking the War on Terror as they carry on their campaigns for Congress.

One, Senate candidate Jane Norton, has come under fire from Democrats for a web video in which she criticizes President Obama’s “retreatist tactics” in the War on Terror.

House candidate Bob McConnell doesn’t come under fire for his web ad on the Second Amendment. But he does open fire, literally, blasting away at the grinning mugshot of Osama bin Laden with a Heckler Koch .45 caliber handgun.

Colorado Democrats called Norton’s ad “deeply offensive” and said they would circulate a petition calling on her to drop the video and return any contributions she gets because of it.

Norton, who boasted Friday of her endorsement by Sandra Dahl, wife of United Airlines Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, said she would do no such thing.

“Joe Rice and the other Democratic veterans deserve thanks for their service, but on this one they’re just wrong,” she said in a statement. “Too many liberals in Washington have forgotten, and the advertisement is not coming down.”

McConnell, who is running for the party nomination to oppose incumbent 3rd District Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., has garnered more than 21,000 views of his Second Amendment video.

“I’m going to fight every effort to take our firearms away from us because I’m an American,” McConnell says in the video, in between shooting sessions at the bin Laden poster.

McConnell, a onetime Army Ranger, lawyer and Steamboat Springs ski patroller, is challenging state Rep. Scott Tipton of Cortez, owner of Mesa Verde Pottery, for the Republican nomination.

Norton and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck are vying for the GOP nomination to oppose either Sen. Michael Bennet or former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who are competing for the Democrat nomination.

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