Hickenlooper’s latest TV ad focuses on Colorado’s recovery from floods, recession

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Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat seeking a second term, focuses on Colorado's recovery from last year's floods and the recession in his campaign's latest TV ad.

DENVER — The latest TV ad from Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat suddenly fighting for his political life, strikes the same theme as his State of the State address did in January: recovery.

The 30-second spot features Hickenlooper, who is running neck and neck with Republican Bob Beauprez, standing along Highway 36 in Lyons, which was washed away during last September’s flooding and has since been rebuilt.

“A year ago, all of this was under water,” Hickenlooper says as the ad begins. “Hundreds of miles of roads and bridges destroyed. But we are rebuilding our roads in record time, just like our economy.

“With 200,000 new jobs, Colorado has the fastest growing economy in the country.  And we did it by working together, not by attacking each other.”

Hickenlooper, who has been strafed all summer long by attack ads, mostly from the Republican Governors Association, claiming that his style of leadership is too soft, has repeatedly vowed not to run negative TV ads (although the Democratic Governors Association, conveniently, is doing it for him).

The ad, which is airing statewide on broadcast and cable, touts the state’s economic recovery — unemployment has dropped from 9.1 percent to 5.1 under Hickenlooper — despite some 13 natural disasters in the last four years.

“We have more to do: creating advanced manufacturing jobs and balancing energy development while protecting our environment,” Hickenlooper says as the ad wraps up. “But we will get that done too. Because Colorado is back.”

Just Monday, Beauprez appeared alongside former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and attacked Hickenlooper for his indecisiveness, pointing to his ambivalence about the fate of murderer Nathan Dunlap and the Democratic gun bills he signed into law last March.

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