August 13, 2012
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Questions arise about poll’s validity, Pace’s latest ad
A recent poll shows Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, are in a statistical dead heat for the office of the Third Congressional District of Colorado. The poll, released Monday by Grove Insight, a Portland, Ore.-based opinion research and communications strategy company, is based on interviews with 400 likely voters in CD3. The interviews were conducted from Sept. 25-27, according to a Grove Insight news release. The poll shows Tipton in the lead, garnering support from 42 percent of the interview pool. Pace trails by just three points, with 13 percent reporting they are undecided, and a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points, according to the Grove Insight release.
Tipton: Pace can’t reinvent himself as Congressional candidate
A single-payer, government run healthcare system dominated the most recent round of political volleys this week in the race for the Third Congressional District of Colorado. Michael Fortney, campaign manager for Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, said Wednesday the ongoing national healthcare debate — specifically in regards to Obamacare — represents one of many important issues to voters that challenger Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, has dodged since announcing his bid for the office of CD3. Fortney referenced a June 9, 2009 article in the Pueblo Chieftan in which Pace stated he would not stop pressing for a single-payer healthcare system in Colorado despite the fact HB09-1273 failed to pass through the Colorado General Assembly.
Tipton: Let’s have that conversation about taxes
Sal Pace, a Pueblo Democrat running for the Third Congressional District of Colorado, said recently he would welcome the opportunity to compare his record on taxes with that of his opponent and CD3 incumbent Scott Tipton, R-Cortez. And with the Colorado Mesa University debate on the horizon, Tipton called out Pace, saying Saturday’s event would be a perfect opportunity to “have the conversation.” “I welcome this comparison,” Tipton said in a Tuesday news release. “There is a great divide between Sal Pace’s rhetoric and record when it comes to raising taxes. He can continue to say he has stood up for families and small businesses, but that does not mean it’s true.”
Fortney: Pace needs to bring ideas to the table
Last week Sal Pace, a Pueblo Democrat running for the Third Congressional District of Colorado, unveiled an online tool highlighting his contentions of the Ryan Budget. During a press call with reporters Wednesday Pace also defended his lifetime 15.77 percent Colorado Union of Taxpayers rating, dismissing CUT as a radical organization and touting his record in the Colorado legislature as middle of the road. Pace cited legislation he carried in the state house this year that eliminated the estate tax on farmers and said he would be happy to compare his record on taxes with his opponent, and CD3 incumbent, Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez. The Tipton camp said Friday they would welcome that public conversation.
This week marked a new beginning in the campaign for Colorado's Third Congressional District. On Wednesday, Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and challenger Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, participated in their first public debate at Adams State University in Alamosa. The event was hosted by the university’s veterans club. Tisha Casida, an Independent candidate, and others vying for the office were not invited.