Colorado GOP candidates slam Gov. Hickenlooper on gun laws, death penalty

by IVAN MORENO, Associated Press  |  published on November 14, 2013

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CENTENNIAL, Colorado — Gun restrictions that Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law and the Democrat’s refusal to set an execution date for a convicted mass murderer have emerged as key points of attack for Republican gubernatorial candidates hoping to unseat him next year.

At a GOP forum Wednesday night, Republicans provided a glimpse of the issues they think could be vulnerabilities for Hickenlooper as he seeks re-election. The forum was for a taping of “The Aaron Harbor Show” that will feature the four major Republican candidates — former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, state Sen. Greg Brophy, and former state Sen. Mike Kopp. The show will begin airing in the coming weeks.

The candidates took turns condemning Hickenlooper’s May decision to indefinitely stay the execution of Nathan Dunlap, who killed four people at a Chuck E. Cheese in 1993. Hickenlooper’s decision left open the possibility that a subsequent governor can set an execution date.

“What our governor, I think, did was basically kick the can down the road,” Gessler said.

“To me it was a punt,” Kopp said.

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