Mitt Romney plans CO caucus visit, Ron Paul likely, but what about Newt?

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Mitt Romney.
Earlier this month, Colorado Republican Party chairman Ryan Call argued that this year's Colorado Republican Caucus will mean more than ever, in part because the date was moved up to February 7. When Mitt Romney looked poised to sweep Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, this claim looked suspect, but now it seems prescient. Indeed, Call thinks Colorado could see visits from most if not all of the four current candidates.

This prediction is based on more than speculation.

"We have information that Mitt Romney will be in the state on February 6 and 7," Call says; no itinerary has been released thus far. "And we've heard indirectly that Rick Santorum and Ron Paul intend to come to Colorado and compete for caucus votes."

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Ryan Call.
What about Newt Gingrich, who rolled up some serious momentum by way of his sizable victory in South Carolina (shortly after Santorum was belatedly declared the kinda winner in Iowa)? "We haven't heard anything from the Gingrich camp yet," Call says, "but it's still early. Most of these campaigns are planning three or four days ahead at best, as dynamic as this race has become."

That's putting it mildly. At this point, Gingrich and Romney are the clear leaders, but the results in Florida and Nevada, the next two states to vote, are unlikely to finish off either. Moreover, Call says, "I don't see any reason why Rick Santorum or Ron Paul should drop out after Florida. All four candidates have differences and style and substance, strengths and weaknesses. But because of the opportunity to move ahead in the month of February through Super Tuesday," a multi-state vote in March, "I don't see a motivation for any of the candidates to drop out before Colorado votes."

The odds of all four remaining in the fight have improved. As recently as last week, "there were a lot of folks who were suggesting that Colorado's role in terms of caucuses would simply be to confirm the frontrunner," Call acknowledges. "But now, there's an opportunity to have Colorado's voice heard in a way that could change the direction of the race -- and that's a good thing. Many of the issues impacting Colorado and the West, including jobs, economic growth, technology, land use, the overreaching federal government regulations, and energy development and policy are things the presidential candidates haven't talked much about. With Nevada's caucuses, and Colorado's shortly behind, it's a great opportunity to address them. And I think the candidate who does well in Colorado and the West is likely to do well nationwide."

In Call's view, this prospect validates the decision to move up the Colorado caucuses. "I think Colorado Republicans exercised a great degree of foresight," he says. "They probably couldn't have predicted the race would be quite as fluid as it's been. But I've always felt Colorado's voice should be heard in terms of picking our eventual nominee. And given Colorado's status as a swing state, it's even more important this year."

While the caucuses are still two weeks away, Call is clearly ready from a rhetorical standpoint, criticizing Barack Obama's State of the Union address in advance. He sees tonight's talk as a de facto campaign speech "that will play on the stark emotions of envy rather than the unity he campaigned on. He can't run on his record by pointing at the great things he's accomplished, even with a completely compliant Congress. He got everything he wanted, and the result of his policies has been an explosion of federal debt, weakness in foreign policy and weakening in terms of the job market and the ability of businesses to compete."

According to Call, "Any of our candidates in the mix provide a great contrast between the President's failed record and what the future of America holds." And it's looking more likely that a number of them will make this argument to Coloradans face to face.

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LarryQ5
LarryQ5

As the political version of the WWF makes its way towards Colorado.....

Guesto
Guesto

There is not a single politician who isn't a demagogue in either party. So its all scripted, just like wrestling supposedly is.

And then there is Ron Paul ... 

Ron Paul 2012 

Gary Rose
Gary Rose

Robert Chase,

As a staunch supporter of Occupy Denver you should be able to easily see why Socialism is a bad idea. You can see socialism in action, just look at our local Police. 

State Troopers and Denver Police have a mandate, they don't need to answer to any customer base, they don't need to earn their money.

If we hired police in a free market system they would never be able to get away with the abuses on behalf of the Governor. 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Don't try to foist that nonsense on me -- police abuse has diddly-squat to do with socialism.  Libertarians believe in eliminating government spending on everything but the military and police!  You do not apprehend the nature of society if you attempt to reduce all interactions between its members to that ultra-simplistic, capitalist claptrap which casts us all as consumers deciding whether or not to buy things.

Denisebeavers808
Denisebeavers808

How do the presidential contenders stand on the best kept secret in the United States? Will President Obama's visit to Denver on January 26th include plans to meet with Governor Hickenlooper and Attorney General Suthers who were served papers in the $1 billion lawsuit filed on January 13 against them and other Colorado government officials alleging civil rights violations and a racketeering scheme through the Fourth Judicial District of Colorado? How do they stand on denying men without legal assistance across this nation equal access to justice and due process in child support enforcement proceedings? Is it okay for the ENTIRE Colorado General Assembly to remain silent on the abuses reported to them on January 15 through the emailing of the lawsuit to them (after having been kept informed of the situation for nearly two years)? Is it okay for the government to forbid the release of information about the lawsuit through news media? Is it okay with them that President Obama and Attorney General Holder can keep the world from knowing how Colorado's justice system and political system failed so miserably to uphold the principles of this nation - with their advice and consent? Is it okay to dismiss the end of the world message they received in connection with the lawsuit? To see the best kept secret in the United States go to http://occupythehousesofgod.wo.... The lawsuit is posted as well as the contact list for the Colorado General Assembly and others. Don't be kept in darkness.  If you live in Colorado Springs or Denver, you should know that the Gazette, the Colorado Springs Independent, KRDO TV, and the Denver Post have been intimately involved in the state and federal coverup since 2010. If you believe in the integrity of El Paso County, Colorado, government, go to the audio meeting recording of the October 7, 2010 and January 4, 2011 El Paso County Board of Commissioners meetings and hear the victim of their abuse confront them directly. Here's the link: http://bcc2.elpasoco.com/bocc/...

Ryan
Ryan

Ron Paul is the true conservative for America. Forget about the left/right BS we see each day and focus on the issues this country must face in the future. Ron Paul is the only man in the gang of 535 who talks about real issues, real America and real solutions. Paul is the only man who can turn this ship around. Please wake up everyone, Romney/Gingrich is the same thing as Bush/Obama, same agenda same screwing over the debt slaves. Time for a change folks, real change not rhetoric. Listen to the candidates and you will see the only man who can change anything for the people.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

More nonsense -- Ron Paul is a Republican.  There is exactly one true independent in the Congress.  Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont is the only person in the Congress who is a self-declared socialist; the only one who stands for our collective interests over those of the 1%.  Draft Bernie!

http://draftberniesanders2012....

Gary Rose
Gary Rose

LOL so the ultimate goal is to take all the money from the 1% and have the Government redistribute it to all the poor people? Thus creating the most powerful all encompassing Government ever ... 

You can't eradicate power, Socialism doesn't work. 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Keep repeating the falsehood that "socialism doesn't work" -- you know that most Americans know nothing about world affairs or the fact that many of the social democracies of Europe enjoy higher standards of living than we do.  The Republicans have elevated this willful ignorance into a tenet of their creed:  "we are not like Europe" they intone -- no, but Americans and America would be better off if we were.  You have taken a page from Dr. Goebbel's book.

Gary Rose
Gary Rose

If anyone would like to volunteer for Ron Paul come down to the office this week!!

2955 Ulster St. #101, Denver, CO 80238 · Get Directions

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Mitt Romney has released his tax returns; they show that his income is $42,000,000 and that he paid <15% tax. Romney says that he does not think that the American people want a President who would pay any more tax than is legally owed. Not only is he wrong, but the fact that a man who gets that much and pays so little can intone so egotistical a belief while running for President demonstrates how ethically corrupt we have become.

Capitalism is not entirely bad, and it certainly isn't all good, but the rich have made it into a cult, and manage to sell it to poor people election after election -- all based on the false assumptions that the wealthy all earned and deserve what they hold. We need to restrain capitalism and build up the commonweal; we have collective interests which have nothing to do with imposing the corporate will on weaker nations, and we have been disregarding them for too long.  The entire Republican field champions the interests of the wealthy over those of everyone else and over the commonweal, so how can anyone not in the top 1% of income earners (like Romney) support any one of them?

Gary Rose
Gary Rose

"We should not condemn Capitalism for we have never experienced Capitalism." - Ron Paul 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Nonsense!  Your candidate's position is that if we unleash the rich (as if they did not already have almost total control over our elections and government), they might become kinder and gentler -- contemptible!  Paul's economic beliefs are as daft as his stand on civil liberties is sound.

Ron Paul is not going to win the Republican nomination, and he is not going to be able to alter the Party's platform either.  He has already declared that he would not run as an independent (which is too bad, because my concern for our lost civil liberties now trumps other considerations, and I might have voted for him), so he is irrelevant.  All Ron Paul is doing is giving verisimilitude to the notion that the Republican Party is not a criminal conspiracy against our freedom.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

I am glad that we agree on a few things, but is that all you can manage in response to my political analysis?  What is Ron Paul doing other than dressing the Republican criminal conspiracy against our People in a more ethical guise?  How will he be able to affect the course of his Party?

Gary Rose
Gary Rose

Ron's position is to take away power from the Government so that the rich have nothing to buy. You should read Liberty Defined. Much love. 

Monkey
Monkey

It's a two party system if you like to believe it or not. Paul realized this when he ran as an Independent. He is a Libertarian. This time around he went with Republican because it better resembles his beliefs, less government. He believes his ideas brought to light and seen by more Americans than ever before is more important than winning an election. He is a man of the people, whatever your income, let the rich get richer and give the poor more opportunity by removing government regulations. You can't achieve equality by helping the poor and taxing the rich, that by definition is not equal. Ron Paul will probably not win but I really don't think he ever thought he would, this is not the first time he ran but it's defiantly the most exposure his ideas have had. That is what separates him from the others, he wants you to think for yourself, not have the government do it for you. I don't usually engage in political discussions, I realize they are a circle jerk so I apologize. No need to reply, I respect your opinion, I was just typing to get my small opinion off my chest.

sailing
sailing

Ron Paul just announced that he will be in Colorado Tuesday, January 31 according to the facebook from this guy on NBC News: http://www.facebook.com/#!/Ant...

Ron Paul isn't campaigning in Florida because of the winner take all for delegates, and the very expensive media market. A pac supporting him will run some ads in FL and he will have grass roots, but other than the debates, he is pretty much not going to be there. He not only isn't counting on Florida, he's pretty much moving on to the next one in terms of funds and campaign focus.

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