Colorado GOP hopes caucus will re-energize party
A sign welcomes Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney for a campaign rally at RV America in Loveland, Colorado, Tuesday.
February 7th, 2012
01:37 PM ET
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Colorado GOP hopes caucus will re-energize party

Denver (CNN) - Ahead of the Tuesday night Republican caucus in the state, Colorado GOP leaders said they hope the event will not only pick a candidate but also help reunite and re-energize their base after a rough 2010 midterm election.

In that race the GOP was able to flip several House seats but they lost a Senate race and a chaotic governors race in a year that heavily favored Republicans.

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Many blamed poor party leadership and unelectable candidates who were supported by upstart tea partiers, but were unable to attract enough independent voters in the general election.

Last spring the party elected a new chairman, Ryan Call, who set out to find a way to reunite the party. He decided to move the caucus up from mid-March to today with hopes that a candidate would not yet be chosen and Colorado Republicans would have more of a say in the process.

"We are delighted with how it has worked out," Call said. "We expect strong turnout. We're in a strong place, more unified."

He said his desire was that the candidates, with media in tow, would come to Colorado to campaign and indeed all four remaining candidates have come to the state to make their pitches to voters, drawing thousands to their events.

Call said that Colorado Republicans will need organization and enthusiasm to beat President Barack Obama in this key swing state. Obama has visited the state several times since becoming president.

Rank and file voters are most concerned with the elusive quality of "elect-ability," he said. After their mid-term losses, they said don't want to make a mistake by picking a candidate that may match their ideology if they don't think that candidate can win.

"There are not as strong feelings this time," he said, adding that they need a candidate that can appeal out side of the party base and has the organizational structure to go up against an incumbent president.

"You need a candidate who reflects you values and principals, but you have to have a message that appeals to independents," he said.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. John

    Look at them RV ,It much be the Tea Party.

    February 7, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    Why the need to "re-energize"? I thought defeating the Kenyan Socialist was a slam-dunk.

    Uninspiring front-runner, perhaps?

    February 7, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    "You mean that big victory in Egypt that has the radical Muslim Brotherhood taking the country over?"

    In case you hadn't noticed, the Egyptian military is still running the show, not the MB. I guess we can add current events to the long list of topics you know nothing about.

    February 7, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    "Re-energize the party"? Isn't that sort of like trying to reanimate a corpse? The GOBP deathcult zombies can't understand how morally and intellectually bankrupt their failed policies are. Nor do they realize how repugnant they appear to average Americans. The GOBP deathcult is woefully out of touch with average Americans.

    February 7, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. kayla

    like clint eastwood said "it's half time in america"

    February 7, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    @Larry L – Well said.

    February 7, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Larry L:
    What a great post! I especially liked:
    "Republicans of today are like you, captured by the brainwashing of Fox News – nothing more than dancing monkeys as the Koch brotherss pull the strings. They don't give a crap about guns, gays, abortions and God – those things are used to make people like you delude yourself."

    February 7, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Gurgi

    To be fair, if the republicans are owned by the Koch brothers, then the democrats have to admit obama is owned by buffett and soros. What is the difference?

    February 7, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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