U.S. Congressional candidate Sal Pace speaks to a group Saturday morning at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Photo by Matt Stensland

U.S. Congressional candidate Sal Pace speaks to a group Saturday morning at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in downtown Steamboat Springs.

US Congressional candidate offers ideas for job creation

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— Democratic U.S. Congressional candidate Sal Pace told a group of about 20 people Saturday morning that he anticipates a close race in an effort to unseat Republican incumbent Scott Tipton.

“This race is one of the most competitive races in the country, which means it’s great for TV channels,” Pace said. “It also means it’s going to come down to the wire.”

Political advertisements are a certainty in the nationally recognized toss-up election as November approaches, but Pace said he is focusing his efforts on meeting with potential constituents and supporters.

Before traveling to Edwards on Saturday, Pace was at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in downtown Steamboat Springs, where a group gathered to hear his vision and plan for taking the 3rd Congressional District seat. The district geographically is about the size of the state of New York and covers 29 counties in western and south-central Colorado.

The discussion focused on how to create jobs for people struggling during bad economic times.

“They’re being hurt even worse by a Congress that is inept at fixing problems,” Pace said. “The American dream has been slipping away for our next generation.”

To rebuild the economy, Pace said, Congress needs to focus its efforts on helping small businesses like the bookstore at which he spoke.

“Frankly, I think that’s the No. 1 issue we need to be working on,” Pace said.

He said the government can help small businesses by making it easier for them to comply with regulations and by offering a fairer competitive environment.

The green-energy economy also is key in creating jobs, Pace said, and pointed to Colorado as an example.

“Renewable energy has created jobs ... and will continue to create jobs,” he said.

Pace also stressed the importance of educating youths for jobs that will be in demand.

To support the economy in rural communities, Pace said, Congress needs to support infrastructure improvements and airports such as Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Broadband Internet access also is important in rural communities like Routt County because it encourages the growth of location-neutral businesses, Pace said.

“They want to move here for quality of life in a community like Steamboat, but it depends on the government providing some of that basic infrastructure,” Pace said.

Pace addressed environmental issues that he said are important in protecting Colorado’s recreational-tourism-based economies.

In response to a question about the use of fracking in oil extraction, Pace said there is time to continue to develop technology that will have a smaller impact on the landscape, air and water quality while extracting the country’s mineral and oil assets.

“One thing I like to remind myself is they’re not going anywhere,” Pace said.

Some of those who attended Saturday’s discussion said they appreciated Pace’s sincerity.

“I was impressed,” Steamboat resident Janet Cino said. “I like what he’s saying, especially about the environment.”

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Comments

seeuski 2 years, 7 months ago

LOL Sal Pace, you are going to campaign on the Obama handbook of failure? Ever hear of Obama's Green Energy Stimulus record? Solyndra? The Chevy Volt? Ener1? Beacon Power? Obama's $500 million green job training program? Shovel ready?

The naivete of the voters will be on display this coming November and whether they have learned the lessons of the failed utopia promised by Obama and his Czars. And to suggest that this Administration or any Democrat in Congress will make new regulations that are job friendly? I have some beachfront land in Nevada for sale Sal, CHEAP TOO! Now go away.

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trump_suit 2 years, 7 months ago

How is that Sarah Palin election going for you See? You ready to vote for Obama over Romney yet?

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steamboatsconscience 2 years, 7 months ago

SEIU And Newt's got some moon front property that we all hope you will buy.....LOL And take Sarah, Coulter and Rushbo with you please......

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seeuski 2 years, 7 months ago

Hi trump, I guess you have nothing of value to add so you must direct your response to a more personal diatribe, cool. How about the POTUS you guys so love lying about the unemployment #'s being down to 8.3% and then saying he is creating the most jobs since 2005? You like that? You think it is smart to accept lies about the true numbers and then go on as if all is well? We are going to suffer when the house of card falls for the final time. 1.2 million unemployed have fallen off the planet and they don't matter? I guess that is the "fair share" ideology that your dear leader is expecting you guys to live by. Good luck, and P.S., Sarah Palin being added into this conversation by you guys just shows how important she is in the coming election whether she is in it or involved in it. Thanks.

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seeuski 2 years, 7 months ago

And Newt is echoing the challenge that President Kennedy gave in 1963, so amazing how the left now live in a cocoon and do as they are told by a POTUS who is using NASA to help Mooslim causes around the globe, something about "showing how Mooslims have contributed to World History" blah blah blah. HELP US LORD!

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mtroach 2 years, 7 months ago

I'm for establishing a republican Moonslim colony and shipping all these idiots to the moon for good. SNL's opening skit was so right on.

Let's quit these Rep v Dem squabbles and do something for the millions of Americans in the middle, both parties need to stop pandering to the extreme elements.

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sledneck 2 years, 7 months ago

How sad.

From a nation of victors to a nation of victims in 3 generations. From a nation who put a man on the moon to a nation that mocks a suggestion of returning.

It is no wonder we have become such a timid and vassilating tribe, shrinking from big ideas and substantive challenges. After all we have, as Mr Pace said, come to ..."depend on the government."

And just look at the record of the beast in which we have placed our faith. The proverbial "bull in the china shop" if ever there was one.

Making matters far worse these days is not just that there IS a bull. Our "bull" is as energized as if he was smoking crack, but he can not decide which way to turn.

Not one single businessman in this nation knows how much his taxes will be next year; or his hiring requirements, exemptions, deductions, etc. He knows nothing about what his raw materials will cost, if the bull will initiate some "brilliant idea" that makes his business even more dysfunctional. And frankly, the bull doesn't know either!

We don't just have a bull in our china shop, we have an unpredictable bull; a bull named Midas, that seems intent on touching every single article on display as well as every item and every person hiding in the stock-room.

And yet economically illiterate lemmings cheer the bull onward, seeing all bull-motion as "progress", while simultaneously pondering why the china shop isn't hiring... hmmm?

We look to such a powerful but rudderless beast for leadership and wonder why we can not do great things.

To me it is painfully clear. We continue to place our faith, our hope, our trust, and our resources in a failed business model known as "midas the bull" and we continue to clean up after the same predictable, miserable results.

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, it is going to take a while to recover from the disastrous Bush presidency of irresponsible tax cuts, two unpaid for wars and the deep corruption of the political system via the K Street project which not only sold legislation to lobbyists, but required that lobbyists to be Republicans.

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Fred Duckels 2 years, 7 months ago

Democrats frequently use the "small business" phrase as if they are bosom buddies, I know very few business owners that will admit supporting, or able to afford, the entitlement game that is the Democrats bread and butter.

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trump_suit 2 years, 7 months ago

" economically illiterate lemmings " Yes, that sounds like me, a successful business owner for almost 20 years now. I am sure that I know absolutely nothing about economics after having met payroll since 1993....

See, just pointing out how often your right wing extremism is wrong. I am sure you have a different opinion. Good luck with that in November.

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sledneck 2 years, 7 months ago

That's right Scott. Pollitical corruption originated under G.W. Bush.

I didn't call you by name Trump. But if the shoe fits...

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 7 months ago

Political corruption hardly started under Bush, but the K Street Project reached new lows in merging partisan politics with lobbying and corruption.

Previously, it was about money and the political parties accepted that lobbyists gave to both sides to get their way. With the K Street Project, congressional Republicans said that lobbyists had to give only to Republicans and that lobbyists needed to hire Republicans.

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sledneck 2 years, 7 months ago

So we are now doing a play-by-play of which political party or individual can probe the depths of corruption?

I would imagine that would yield a daily, if not hourly "tennis match" of back and forth.

Can't see how that would ever yield a winner since every day sets a new, lower standard from both sides...

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sedgemo 2 years, 7 months ago

Sled, wasn't Midas the one that made everything he touched turn to gold?

I'm with MtRoach, can't stomach the extremes from either party. I've been laid up nearly 6 months now with no insurance but am not taking a dime one from anyone and get my bills paid honestly.

It's important to me to be proud of the leader of our country... aren't there any decent people running for office anymore? We rejected Romney and Gingrich before, and I have a long memory so can't feel good about either one. Heard a radio clip - Garrison Keillor - which was really funny, about how we now have a Mormon running against a polygamist. Next???

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sledneck 2 years, 7 months ago

I guess I should have named the bull "Inverse Midas". I thought you'd get the joke either way... that everything they touch turns to crap, not gold.

I heard the President say something I agreed with yesterday: That no one should have to face bankruptcy because they fell ill. While I personally agree with that I am at odds with him on how to address that concern.

I also heard someone make a great point the other day. He asked: "If McCain beat Romney and Obama beat McCain why would think Romney would beat Obama?" My only guess is that the electorate is so fickle that it is theorectically possible, I suppose.

That Garrison Keillor comment is funny as can be... because it's true. I know this will brand me as racist or something but I once remarked that, if I had said on September 12th, 2001 that in less than 10 years America would elect a president with Hussein as their middle name, not one person would have believed it. Again, very fickle and uninformed electorate. I think that's a bigger problem than the whacked-out bull.

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pitpoodle 2 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, it is going to take a while to recover from the disastrous Obama presidency of irresponsible spending and in particular the disastrous, failed so-called stimulus programs. This is Obama's recession clear and simple.

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rhys jones 2 years, 7 months ago

You know what really grates me? Everything. Whom I really like? Nobody.

I think every race should have an option, below the write-in space, called "Nobody." If that option wins, the office sits vacant for 4 years. Think of the money that would save in salaries alone, not to mention stupid new expensive legislation, which they never seem to get right.

A virtual moratorium on new laws and bills. I just can't see a down side.

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Scott Wedel 2 years, 7 months ago

Pitpoodle, The stimulus was $1.5 trillion and will be easy enough for the next president to not pass one of their own if he thinks that is a bad idea.

Bush took office with a budget surplus and no wars. He left with massive budget deficits, two active unfunded wars and the country in the midst of the worst financial crisis in 80 years.

You are free to dislike Obama and say he didn't deal with the issues in the right way, but it will be issues created in the Bush presidency that will dominate national politics for years.

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rhys jones 2 years, 7 months ago

The following link, penned by a CBS reporter about a new book by a Bush-administration economist, lays the blame for our economic crisis on BOTH parties, and ultimately the Federal Reserve:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503983_162-4833695-503983.html

"Nobody" remains the proper choice.

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sledneck 2 years, 7 months ago

Rhys, A friend once reffered to it as a "none of the above" candidate. Once he explained it I was all in too.

After all, if "nobody" got us into this mess then it should be up to "nobody" to get us out!

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rhys jones 2 years, 7 months ago

It's the slickest con job in history, Everybody helped, and Nobody can fix it!!

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pitpoodle 2 years, 7 months ago

And so, ScottW you think 1.5 trillion spent on a failed program is chump change? So you think he wouldn't continue to throw good money after bad to promote his own personal agenda? No bigger con artist. No thanks.

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rhys jones 2 years, 7 months ago

Probably I should clarify. The con artist is the Federal Reserve, who duped Democrat and Republican alike, when they snuck their act in over Christmas Recess in Congress, at their paid servant's behest, Herbert Hoover in 1913. JFK abolished them, and was dead three weeks later. Your tax dollar does not fund the government -- it goes straight to them, who in turn fund the government, at interest. Their biggest owner banks are in Britain. The links I included above show how they continue to influence both parties, to our ultimate detriment, if not downfall. Their tentacles run deep, and they are untouchable, beyond reproach or review, by anybody. We ignore or deny the problem at our own peril. It's a pea-in-shell game, and the idea is to keep us blaming the puppets.

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sledneck 2 years, 7 months ago

Great news, They do have a donkey on the ballot, RWD.

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jerry carlton 2 years, 7 months ago

Bush drove the country into the ditch. Obama has left it there. Who can get it out? The Second Coming of Christ. The real Jesus Christ, not a pretender.

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