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December 02, 2007 04:33 PM UTC

Ritter Delivers Dems' Radio Address

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  • by: Colorado Pols

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter was chosen by national Democrats to deliver the response yesterday to President Bush’s weekly radio address.

In his remarks, Ritter spoke highly of the field of Democratic candidates for President, and discussed Colorado’s renewable energy initiatives.

Complete text of Ritter’s address after the jump, courtesy Fox31:

Good morning. I’m Governor Bill Ritter from the great state of Colorado. Earlier this week, I had an opportunity to listen first-hand to our strong crop of Democrats running for president of the United States. I’m proud to say they embody the best values America has to offer.

Our values are Western values. Like the people of Colorado, Americans are inventive and self-reliant, and they’re looking for leaders who know how to solve problems, get results and make a positive difference.

Democrats are offering specific plans that capitalize on America’s strengths, plans that intersect with where Americans struggle, and plans that get our great nation headed back in the right direction. Democrats have put forward substantive policies that address our nation’s broken health-care system – a system that leaves millions of children and families without access to quality, affordable health care.

At a time when concern about our economy is growing and American families are struggling with high energy costs, Democrats have proposed policies that will take advantage of renewable energy resources like wind, solar and biofuels.

In Colorado, we call this the New Energy Economy.  By creating a 21st Century energy policy, we are creating jobs, revitalizing the economy, protecting the environment and helping secure our nation’s energy future.  

Democrats know that Americans want a government that is frugal with the people’s money. We are tired of the years of mounting deficits coming from Republicans in Washington.  A Democratic president will be truthful with the American people about our economic health, stop playing games with the budget, and restore fiscal sanity.

Americans want government that works and not one that continues to follow a failed strategy – especially in Iraq.  Democrats and a bipartisan majority of Americans want to end the war in Iraq, to bring our troops home as quickly as possible.  At the same time, there are major security and international concerns that need a fresh look and new strategies – not the stay-the-course approach we hear from the Republican candidates.

In Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain West, Democrats are succeeding because we provide moderate, common sense leadership on issues most important to American families.  Where Washington has failed to act, we are moving ahead on issues such as immigration, domestic-energy development, education and creating new jobs for hard-working Americans.

Americans are tired of Washington-style partisan gridlock. They want results – and they deserve leaders who can deliver. By sticking with our values, our party has made great gains in the West. I’m proud to be one of the growing number of Democratic governors and other elected officials in the Rocky Mountain West.

Beyond the West, from Kentucky to Virginia and New Jersey, Americans are embracing Democratic leadership. Last month, in elections around the country, strong candidates showed that Democrats can challenge Republicans on values and win anywhere when we show up and compete everywhere.

I am looking forward to hosting the Democratic convention here in Colorado next year where we will be showcasing our strong, can-do leadership and the important role the West will play in 2008. Our Democratic candidates offer new ideas, fresh approaches, optimism and a new direction.  And, of course, voters in the West will help one of those candidates win the White House in 2008.

I’m Governor Bill Ritter from Colorado. Thank you for listening.

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7 thoughts on “Ritter Delivers Dems’ Radio Address

  1. It strikes a nice balance that elucidates the differences between the parties without being antagonistic. I saw the good Governor speak on cspan at a Democratic event the other day and was similarly impressed. He has more charisma than I was aware of.

    Doug B. is no match for him, or any other democratic leader in Colorado.

    1. chose to run another, granted less comically hysterical, piece sounding the alarm on Ritter in relation to those dastardly union interests instead of acknowledging the significance of his choice as a successful and appealing western Dem to deliver Saturday’s weekly nation-wide radio address  

    1. he IS our state’s Governor, he WAS on radio nationwide which IS a nice thing for the state. In contrast, Haley’s ever more pathetic attempts to turn the Ritter directive into a melodrama about a diabolical partnership between Ritter and the unions that is going to end Colorado life as we know it is a huge yawn.  

  2. As the Governor easily identified

    Our values are Western values. Like the people of Colorado, Americans are inventive and self-reliant, and they’re looking for leaders who know how to solve problems, get results and make a positive difference.

    Compare that with the values of Janet Rowland, Josh Penry, Shawn Mitchell, and David Schultheis, and ask yourself who is out of touch with Coloradans values.

    Ritter’s leadership to push for a New Energy Economy, reform Healthcare, and reform Education demonstrates “the best values American’s have to offer.”

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