DENVER (AP) — President Barack Obama's campaign tried to pencil in the details of Mitt Romney's plans Monday as it released a report forecasting what the Republican nominee would do to Colorado.
The state's two Democratic U.S. senators unveiled the report at a news conference as mail ballots went out to voters and Republicans claimed that they were seeing increased enthusiasm among their base after Romney's strong performance in the Denver debate two weeks ago.
The Obama campaign report relies on Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal, which Romney had supported, to project the impact of the GOP ticket's policies.
Democrats contend that Ryan's 20 percent spending cut would come from discretionary domestic spending, and the campaign report outlines what that would mean in the state. The Obama campaign said that translates to $61 million trimmed from public schools, fewer rangers in national parks and forests and less support for wind and solar energy projects.
"The Romney-Ryan budget would harm Colorado for many generations to come," Sen. Mark Udall said.
The Romney campaign replied that the candidate has a different budget plan to cap federal spending and that the Obama campaign's presumption of it causing 20 percent reductions was inaccurate. It contended that it will cost $4,000 in taxes per household to pay down the debt Obama has created.
"Americans have a clear choice in this election — four more years like the last four years, or a real recovery," campaign spokesman Clay Sutton said.
Republicans say they're increasingly confident that Colorado voters will side with them. They cite statistics showing that 2.4 percent more registered Republicans than Democrats have requested absentee ballots. The margin was only 0.1 percent at this point in 2008, when Obama handily won the state.
The Obama campaign says that its own well-established ground game, which helped the president run up immense margins nationally in 2008, could swing the vote by a point or two in Colorado. That's all that separates the two major party candidates in most public polls.