Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton, ladies and gentlemen…
This video clip is from a gubernatorial debate on Saturday in Grand Junction — hosted by Colorado Mesa University and Rocky Mountain PBS — the third debate in two days for Stapleton and Democratic candidate Jared Polis (Debate #4 takes place tonight in Pueblo).
According to an email from Stapleton’s campaign that went out on Sunday afternoon, Stapleton “offered a stark contrast between him and liberal Jared Polis.” Indeed he did. Stapleton supporters tried desperately to spin Saturday’s debate as a victory for the Republican candidate, but there’s no way around this gaffe. If you look closely, you can almost see the smoke coming out of Stapleton’s ears as his hard drive tries to reset.
This is the same Walker Stapleton who told Shaun Boyd of CBS4 Denver last week that he is “a numbers guy.” This is the same Walker Stapleton whose policy positions are little more than a series of words that someone looked up in a Thesaurus.
It is fair to say that you can summarize Stapleton’s entire campaign for Governor with this 14-second clip. Stapleton is running for the top office in Colorado, and here he is trying to recite facts and figures like he was up all night cramming for an exam instead of actually demonstrating a real grasp of important issues.
This is Walker Stapleton.