2008 Political Campaigns

McCain asks Americans to fight for change and peace

Democrats question the GOP ticket

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

After a video of John McCain’s biography ended, the crowd erupted with whistles, whoops and applause in the darkness lit by flashing cameras.

McCain walked onto the stage, the lights rose and thunderous applause filled the Xcel Center.

“USA, USA, USA,” chanted the Republican delegates.

Media frenzy over Veep pick Palin at RNC

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

“Drill, baby, drill!” shouted the National Republican Convention floor delegates in support of GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to solve the energy crisis.

In the media press boxes closer to the Xcel Center steel rafters, the message might have been garbled and heard as, “Grill, Palin, grill!”

Measures weigh down November ballot

Coloradans face 18 questions

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In addition to the presidential race and Colorado’s open U.S. Senate seat, in this election Coloradans also will face 18 separate statewide ballot questions on issues ranging from a ban on affirmative action to a series of pro- and anti- organized labor measures.

The West offers road to power, Dems insist

Obama up and ready, McCain motionless

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Top Western Democrats spent much of last week extolling “the New West” as the “road to the White House.” During a conference call Thursday morning, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the Democrats’ ground game gives them a major advantage over the Republicans.

Schaffer detours immigration forum to defense

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — A forum on immigration issues took an immediate detour when former Republican Congressman Bob Schaffer trampled Democratic Congressman Mark Udall’s 10-year record on defense issues. Schaffer accused his U.S. Senate opponent of taking positions that showed disregard for both national defense and the economy in El Paso County, home to five military installations.

Energy alternatives dominate debate as Udall and Schaffer face-offs continue

Third-party candidates add spice to mix

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Energy is becoming the cornerstone issue of Colorado’s U.S. Senate debate, and that was highlighted several times last week as each candidate tried to show how flexible he is. Democrat Mark Udall tried to convince voters that he’s a moderate Democrat who’s open to offshore drilling and nuclear energy, while Republican Bob Schaffer repeatedly insisted that he’s a big fan of renewable energy.

Dems keep hammering McCain on water comments

Renegotiation would be "dangerously naive"

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Even after several days of controversy following Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s comment that he’d be interested in renegotiating the 1922 Colorado River Compact, Colorado Democrats seem determined to keep hammering McCain over the perceived misstep until November.

Colorado's Hispanic voters flex their muscles

By Stephanie Clary
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Latino vote will make the difference in this year’s election, Grace López Ramírez said at the Aug. 20 kickoff of Denver’s Mi Familia Vota campaign.

“It can make it or break it,” said Ramírez, the organization’s state director.

Polis takes CD 2 in big upset

Fitz-Gerald labor support fails to deliver

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A few minutes after 10 p.m. Tuesday night, 9News broadcast that former Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald was leading in the three-way race for the Democratic nomination in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, and a cheer went up throughout Fitz-Gerald’s party at the Amalgamated Transit Union Hall in Westminster.

Lamborn fends off challengers

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn hurdled anti-incumbent sentiment and captured 45 percent of the vote to win the 5th Congressional District primary against Republican challengers Jeff Crank and Bentley Rayburn.

Lamborn’s triumph appeared to validate the prediction made by Rayburn and others that two challengers would split the votes of Lamborn’s GOP detractors and deliver victory to the incumbent in the Aug. 12 primary.