- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

DENVER (AP) - The four Republican gubernatorial contenders in Tuesday’s primary answer questions about what they’d do if elected. Here, they talk about how they distinguish themselves from each other.

Upcoming installments include responses on fracking, marijuana, the economy and policies they’d pursue if elected.

Each responded in writing. Answers were edited for space reasons.


Q: What distinguishes you the most from the other Republicans running for governor?

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez: Experience. I’m a 4th generation Coloradan who believes, as many do, that our state is in trouble due to a lack of leadership, lack of common sense and lack of fiscal responsibility. Following nearly eight years of failed Democrat policies, Colorado has lost economic and investment opportunities. I know we can do better.

Secretary of State Scott Gessler: I have won a statewide race and beaten a Democratic incumbent. While other candidates talk about cutting regulations and taxes, I’ve done it. Under my leadership, the Secretary of State’s office has cut regulations and made it easier to do business in Colorado. We’ve also cut fees, most recently announcing a fee cut to take effect July 1. And I’ve proven that I can get things done. For example, the 2012 election saw greater turnout, better election integrity, and fewer administrative problems than ever before.

Former state Sen. Mike Kopp: No other candidate has demonstrated he can form a winning coalition. Our next governor must be someone who’s proven he can succeed in advancing conservative reforms by forging coalitions among those with different opinions.

I’m the only candidate in this race to pass a tax cut while serving as a member of the minority party. As a conservative I was able to win the support of both Democrats and moderate Republicans in the Colorado legislature, where I fought for regulatory reform and government transparency.

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo: Polls consistently show that I have more support from independent voters, women and Hispanics than any other Republican candidate. Some polls have shown that I have more support from independents than John Hickenlooper.

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