[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ational media is now picking up on a Colorado politics story that has been unfolding for weeks, seeing the U.S. Senate race between Congressman Cory Gardner and incumbent Senator Mark Udall as a prime example of the struggle Republican candidates in the Tea Party-era are very publicly experiencing as they try to connect with voters beyond the far-right corner of the electorate.
Team Udall sent out “must see” links on Friday to a rough 15-minute segment on Thursday night’s Rachel Maddow Show, in which the host chats with Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartels about how Gardner recently backed off his long-time support for anti-abortion personhood laws. Although the hardline “life begins at conception” position has not been a liability in Gardner’s conservative rural congressional district, large majorities of the state population he is now trying to win over have voted in landslides against such proposals for nearly a decade.
Maddow opens with the Udall campaign’s first TV ad, which slams Gardner for the flip.
“Mr. Gardner’s official response to that ad is basically that he didn’t understand the legislation that he sponsored,” she says. “He didn’t understand his own legislation any of the times he sponsored it, year, after year, after year …”