Santorum, Paul Recognize Colorado’s Importance

DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Republican Caucus is now just one week away. It’s a caucus that’s important not only for the state’s 36 delegates, but as a vetting process Republicans will be watching to see who plays well in the swing state as an indication of who will do well in a general election.

It’s no wonder the candidates will be spending lots of time and money in Colorado over the next week.

“You have a chance right here in Colorado to step up and change this race,” Republican candidate Rick Santorum said to a Lone Tree crowd.

Santorum made his first stop in Colorado on Tuesday and pleaded with the crowd in Lone Tree to shake things up in a race that’s been a roller coaster ride from the start.

“I always say, ‘If you don’t like the way the race is run right now, just wait a week or two,’ ” Santorum said.

Santorum wasted no time unleashing his first attack ad in Colorado, targeting Newt Gingrich.

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Rick Santorum in Lone Tree on Tuesday (credit: CBS)

“We can’t afford leaders who are unpredictable or lack the conviction that’s necessary to do what’s necessary to change the country,” Santorum said.

He also went after Mitt Romney, saying “Romneycare” was worse than “Obamacare.”

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Santorum didn’t mention Ron Paul, but if a crowd is any indication, maybe he should have. Hundreds of people showed up to hear the libertarian-leaning candidate speak in Denver on Tuesday.

Paul didn’t mention his opponents, but poked fun at the pundits.

“Sometimes they’re impolite to me; have you ever noticed?” Paul said.

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Ron Paul in Denver on Tuesday (credit: CBS)

Paul said there’s a reason he’s appealing to younger voters.

“They’ve have been just disgusted with the fact that too often we elect one party versus the other and not a whole lot changes,” Paul said.

As for whether the race changes yet again when it comes to Colorado, Paul didn’t speculate, but his supporters did.

“I think he’s going to do very well here and I think we’re a pivotal state and I think it’s going to shake up a lot of arrogant people,” a Paul supporter said.

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The campaigns of Romney and Gingrich say they will both be in Colorado before next Tuesday.

In 2008 Romney won Colorado’s caucus with 60 percent of the vote over John McCain’s 18 percent.

Clearly Paul has a large base of support in Colorado, and Santorum will be aggressive in Colorado as well. So the state’s caucus will be important. It’s one of the reasons Republicans moved it up from March in the first place.

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  1. Mckarnin says:

    Thanks for letting us see what’s going on over there. I wouldn’t be supposed if Ron Paul does quite well. His support has doubled and in some places quadrupled since 08′.

  2. Heather Hudson says:

    Seriously CBS, I expect better from you. “Hundreds of people showed up to hear the libertarian-leaning candidate speak in Denver on Tuesday.” Per the Ron Paul page, there were “about 1150” of us at the Denver Rally…let’s not even mention the 1200 at CSU. For shame. I’d also like to mention, that the people showed up without the support of the media, who all but ignored his coming to Colorado. Please get some reporters who want to do their job. I’m sure they wouldn’t be hard to find.

    1. Corey M says:

      Per my own personal experience, CSU packed their main ballroom, even despite the event time being changed and having some people not realize it. His supporters were enthusiastic and hanging on every word, was a great experience.

  3. Tom Tudo says:

    Ron Paul is hated by mainstream media…. He is popular by “We the people”… Who believe big Government has been infiltrated by liars, personal agenda, and the agenda’s of corporations.

    Americans are becoming modern day slaves and are doing it without a fight. Many ask “what has he accomplished in 30 years in office, he didn’t get one bill passed”.

    That’s a compliment. here’s what your 2 parties did in the last 30 years:
    1. Bankrupt the American Middle class
    2. Start multiple wars with no real gains
    3. More dependent on foreign oil then ever
    4. Highest healthcare costs in the world- not top ten healthiest people
    5. College prices creating slaves with their debt
    6. 16 trillion in debt. $36,000 for every man, woman, and child
    7. Caused the largest global economical collapse to date
    8. Corporations gaining control over government
    9. failed drug war
    10. China becoming more powerful, an enemy that used soldiers against ours in Korea
    11. Steal trillions from social security
    12. ….. Please add

    I could sit here for hours and write example after example of how our 2 party system and their leaders have destroyed what America stands for.

    Ron Paul has been steadfast and solid as a rock for over 30 years at taking a stand for what is right and not changing his beliefs based on a paycheck.

  4. Corey M says:

    I’ll agree with the sentiments of others. Why would you make Santorum the lead off in this story? From the videos, and being at the CSU Rally myself, Ron Paul got considerably larger crowds. 2400 between CSU and Denver.

    I have been proud to live in Colorado my whole life, I hope Ron Paul wins this state because it will make me even more proud of the people of Colorado to live in a state where people value personal liberty and the only candidate with the courage to stand up for what is right.

  5. quinersdiner says:

    Ron Paul makes sense on some fronts, like limiting the scope of government. His call for a return to the gold standard is impractical and potentially destructive. His foreign policy would be disaster. His demeanor is certainly un-presidential. Nonetheless, he is serving a purpose: to focus attention on the need to reduce government spending and entitlements as a first order of business.

  6. thomas mc says:

    My Colorado GOP predicition:

    I predict the Billionaire will win the Denver Metro area. The Narcissist and the Bigot will split Colorado Springs, and the Bigot will take the rural bigotries. The Codger will take the more progressive mountain communities.

    In the end, the Billionaire and the Bigot will tie for first, while the Narcissist and the Codger will tie for last.

    (Obama will take Colorado in November.)

  7. Beverly Abbasgirl says:

    GO RON PAUL!!!! Time for a REAL Change!!

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