PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – Republicans who have expressed interest in running against Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper are criticizing his record.

On Tuesday in Pueblo, former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo and Secretary of State Scott Gessler criticized Hickenlooper for signing new gun restrictions, supporting an income tax increase for school funding that voters will consider in November, and indefinitely delaying the execution of convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap.

They spoke as part of a meet-and-greet and discussion with a radio station in an event hosted by the Pueblo County Republican Party. Tancredo and Republican state Sen. Greg Brophy have formally announced their candidacies, but Gessler hasn’t officially entered the race.

Meanwhile, Hickenlooper launched a two-day tour of Colorado, beginning Tuesday in Eastern Plains communities. He visits southern Colorado on Wednesday.

Hickenlooper officially launched his candidacy Tuesday.

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