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“At the end of the day it’s not about who’s in office — Sal Pace or Scott Tipton, Barack Obama or ‘Mitch’ Romney — it’s about what type of government and what type of society we want not just for my dad, but for all of our dads, all of our families and all of our kids.”
— Sal Pace, Pueblo Democrat for the Third Congressional District of Colorado, about Election Day.
Last week Sal Pace, a Pueblo Democrat running for the 3rd Congressional District of Colorado, made his final pitch to Yampa Valley voters when he visited with two dozen volunteers at the Team Obama Office in Steamboat Springs.
The event in Routt County was the first of a four-stop tour of the Western Slope that also included visits to Grand Junction, Rifle and Edwards.
During his 10-minute discussion with local Democrats, Pace thanked volunteers who have been canvassing Steamboat Springs neighborhoods and calling Yampa Valley voters on his behalf.
“This thing is coming down to the wire, not just in my race, but in the presidential race and Diane’s (Mitsch-Bush) race, and what you guys do will make all of the difference,” Pace said. “What we do on the ground can be worth four or five points, and what you guys do here in Steamboat and Routt County is critically important.”
With mere days before Tuesday’s election, Pace said he and his team were sticking with their campaign theme of pledging to work in a bipartisan fashion to find solutions for CD3 residents.
He highlighted one of his campaign commercials, which features his father, Sal, moving into a Pueblo home after suffering a recent heart attack.
Shortly after the advertisement hit the airwaves it was criticized by Congressman Scott Tipton’s campaign because it was not filmed at Sal’s real home.
But where the commercial was shot had nothing to do with the message Pace was trying to portray, he said.
Under the Republican Party’s private insurance voucher program, which Pace said is endorsed by Congressman Tipton, people like his father who are living off Social Security and depend on Medicare would not be able to afford life-saving care.
“At the end of the day, it’s about people, it’s about what type of government we’re all going to have, what kind of relationship we’re all going to have with our government,” Pace said. “At the end of the day it’s not about who’s in office — Sal Pace or Scott Tipton, Barack Obama or ‘Mitch’ Romney — it’s about what type of government and what type of society we want not just for my dad, but for all of our dads, all of our families and all of our kids.”
After the meeting, Pace said his decision to stop in Steamboat Springs was not a jab at Craig voters.
“We’ve been to every corner of this district, and when I get elected, I’m going to represent everyone in the district regardless of what percent of the vote I get in Craig, Colo.,” Pace said. “I’m still going to fight like hell for Craig, Colo., and we’re confident if people go to the polls on Tuesday we’re going to win this thing.”
The Tipton campaign is confident about their chances Tuesday, as well.
On Sunday, Michael Fortney, Tipton’s campaign manager, said more CD3 Republicans have cast an early ballot than their Democrat counterparts.
“We feel good,” Fortney said. “Turnout in the 3rd District has been great and our volunteers are working day and night knocking on doors and making phone calls.
“We’re seeing about a 16,000 vote margin between Republicans and Democrats after early voting.”
Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.