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Last week President Bush used the first veto of his administration to strike down Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette’s stem cell research bill, and a new USA Today/Gallup poll says that the majority of Americans aren’t happy about it. According to the results of the poll, 58 percent of respondents disapproved of Bush’s veto. An additional 61 percent of respondents felt that Bush vetoed the bill for personal moral beliefs, while 32 percent say he did it to gain political advantage.

The race for Colorado governor looks to be heating up, and The Denver Post’s Mark Couch reports that both Democrat Bill Ritter and Republican Bob Beauprez seem to be testing their messages and attack strategies in recent weeks. But Ritter’s campaign spokesman, Evan Dreyer, says that Beauprez’s campaign just seems to follow whatever Ritter does first:

Ritter is the candidate of ideas, Dreyer said, noting that the Beauprez campaign piggybacked on Ritter’s announcement of a pro-military veteran policy last week. Ritter released his statement Wednesday morning, and Beauprez followed about two hours later.

“It does look like the congressman has taken a ‘me-too approach,”‘ Dreyer said. “We put out a statement, and then minutes later, he’s putting out a statement saying, ‘Me too, me too, I’ve got one too.’ It’s flattering.”

Rep. John Salazar could be cruising toward re-election if new poll numbers are any indication. Peter Roper of The Pueblo Chieftain reports that Salazar released polling numbers yesterday showing that he has nearly a 2-to-1 advantage with voters in CD-3 (Western Slope, Southern Colorado) compared to Republican candidate Scott Tipton.

Ed Perlmutter, Peggy Lamm and Herb Rubenstein

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