Norton to make campaign visit in Steamboat on Thursday
GOP campaign for Senate heats up as primary day nears
July 28, 2010
Steamboat Springs — With less than two weeks left to campaign in the U.S. Senate primary in Colorado, Republican candidates Jane Norton and Ken Buck show no signs of slowing down. Norton will attend a breakfast at Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs on Thursday to speak to residents about issues facing Colorado and the nation.
Rachel Boxer, a Norton campaign aide, said the candidate will answer questions and discuss issues that are important to Coloradans. The event is free and open to the public.
"Jane will be discussing her agenda that includes repealing 'Obamacare,' keeping our borders secure, and cutting government spending," Boxer said. "She's got specific ideas of where we can cut spending and how we can use what's left from TARP (the Troubled Asset Relief Program) and the stimulus spending to pay down the debt."
Norton, who was Colorado's lieutenant governor from 2002 to 2006, is locked in a tight primary race against Buck, a Weld County prosecutor. The Republican primary has become heated as polls continue to show a close race. Buck and Norton spent last week on the attack.
A Norton campaign ad questioning whether Buck was "man enough" to criticize her was quickly followed by Buck's suggestion to a voter that they should vote for him because he "does not wear high heels."
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"I personally would like to see them both stick to the issues," said Jack Taylor, chairman of the Routt County Republican Party. Taylor, who will not endorse a candidate in the primary, said Norton and Buck's biggest task is to convince voters they can keep government spending under control.
"The candidates feel the same way on that issue," Taylor said. "If we don't get the spending under control, this country is going to be in a world of hurt."
Taylor will attend Norton's event and said he expects to hear the candidate address issues that are important to Routt County, such as energy and job creation.
"Energy is something that is very relevant to our local races," Taylor said. "It's a big issue for us here in Northwest Colorado because when you look at what role energy plays in our economy in Routt County, it's huge."
The candidates also have been busy courting tea party members, who Taylor said could be the deciding factor on primary day.
"I think we'll have major input from the tea party in this primary," Taylor said. "It's hard to figure out which one of these two is getting more support from the group, but we'll see that come on election day."
Despite an increase in political attacks and campaign ads aimed at each other, Buck and Norton continue to poll well against their potential Democratic opponents. A poll of 750 likely Colorado voters conducted by Rasmussen Reports on Monday showed Buck and Norton leading U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and Andrew Romanoff, Democrats, in head-to-head matchups.
The Republican primary is Aug. 10. Routt County's primary election is being held by mail-in ballot only.