As The Grand Junction Sentinel reports:
Democratic Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Mark Udall said his party will have a better chance of picking up Colorado in 2008 if the presidential ticket includes a westerner.
Udall, who visited the Grand Valley for the Mesa County Democratic Party’s annual spring dinner and auction, said if either New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson or Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., were listed at the top of the ticket, Colorado could shift blue for the first time since 1992.
“I think either Sen. Salazar or Gov. Richardson would add additional momentum to Democratic Party’s possibilities here,” Udall said Saturday. “I don’t think it’s flat-out necessary, but I think it sure makes our ticket even more compelling.”
Udall said if 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry picked up any three of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada, he would been president…
…Salazar has told the press he is “open” to a vice-presidential nomination.
Richardson is thought by some to be more potentially interested in Secretary of State, so it’s not inconceivable that Salazar could be a possible choice for VP depending on the Democratic nominee.
(h/t to Colorado Confidential)