Colorado GOP Has Obama to Thank for New Talking Point
“Those candidates who have been successful, those elected officials that have been successful are those that have been able to inspire folks from both sides to come together to fix the problems that Coloradans want fixed,” said Call.
He said Udall’s approach, on the other hand, has been one of “slash and burn and to go after virtually everything he could to try to tar a man (Gardner) with a very positive reputation.”
Donors have bought into the Gardner campaign, literally. Cory Gardner for Senate released its third-quarter fundraising numbers Oct. 7, which showed contributions of $4.35 million and more than $3.3 million cash on hand.
Gardner for Senate added an additional $750,000 for their television ad buy in October.
“I am humbled by the incredible outpouring of support from Coloradans ready to shake up the Senate in November,” Gardner said. “It’s time for a new generation of leadership in the Senate that is accountable to the next generation.”
But the Udall campaign did well, too. It reported it raised $4 million and added $535,000 to be spent in its field office program.
Democrats across the nation are worried about voter turnout in this midterm election. However, that is not going to be a problem for Republicans, according to Call.
“It will be a great opportunity,” said Call. “Voters who don’t like the direction of the country are motivated to come out.”
Call said this year the GOP in Colorado has gotten away from the campaign model of using robocalls and direct mail to target voters. It has been back to the future again for the Colorado GOP in 2014. Republicans are walking up steps, standing on the front porch and ringing doorbells.
Call also said the Colorado GOP, along with the Republican National Committee, has invested “significant resources to build out field offices that will provide that door-to-door contact that is really at the heart of the get-out-the-vote effort.”
“We are looking people in the eye and saying, ‘Cory Gardner is a man you can trust,’” he said.
That approach will continue after Nov. 4 looking ahead to 2016.
He said the Colorado GOP hired Asian outreach coordinators, and full-time Hispanic neighborhood engagement coordinators in 2013.
“We starting building out this door-to-door voter contact effort deeply within the communities,” he said.
“The old model of just parachuting in two, or three or four months before an election is not the model that our Republican Party is going to continue with. We are going to be deeply engaged year-round.”
Call said a “significant percentage” of the field offices opened for the 2014 campaign would continue to operate after the election.
“We are going to continue to keep our regional field staff engaged in connecting with people and recruiting great candidates to run for local offices, running neighborhood town hall meetings, continuing to go door-to-door and talking with neighbors,” he said. “We are going to be a year-round, full-time party.”
He doesn’t see any alternative in Colorado.
“If you are going to win here, you have to understand the needs and perspectives of our friends in the African-American community, the Asian community, the Koreans, the Chinese, the Russian immigrant community, the Jewish community, and the unaffiliated voters.”
The chairman said it’s “not about slicing up the electorate.”
“It is about realizing that every member of the community has a unique perspective and our party is going to work hard to win every vote.”
Young voters and keeping the two-party dynamic is also a challenge that Call accepts.
“I think that is the result of our party not doing a very good job of explaining what it means to be a Republican,” Call said.
“We are the conservative party. But conservatism at its best means looking to those enduring (conservative) principles, but then finding creative new solutions to fix the problems that are facing our generation.”