By Sandy Barnes
Gathered around a table at the Wayside Inn on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 2 were former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, former Governor Roy Romer, Congressman John Salazar and Federico Pena, former Denver mayor and U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
The political notables were united in one immediate goal: the election of presidential candidate Barak Obama.
The group was stopping for lunch in Berthoud while spending the day in a final-hour effort to help their candidate win the election. Traveling by van to cities and towns in Larimer and Boulder counties, the message they carried was one reflecting Obama’s platform of unification and change.
“We want to reach out to those still making up their minds,” said Daschle who has been working actively in the Obama campaign since February 2007.
Daschle said he was also encouraging volunteers involved with the Obama campaign to work extra hard to make sure potential voters came to the polls on Nov. 4.
A former Senate Majority Leader who could be a candidate for White House Chief of Staff, Daschle is focused on finding solutions for the country’s economic woes, energy needs, health care and foreign policy issues.
When asked his opinion on the election outcome, Daschle said, “We really don’t know how it’s going to play out.”
Romer, who served three terms as Colorado governor, said he has supported Obama with the belief that he could unify the country and bring stability to it.
“We are in such financial stress,” said Romer. “The economy is the first issue we’ve got to stabilize.”
Romer also said he supports Obama’s emphasis on improving education and health care and his stance on ending the war in Iraq responsibly while protecting those in the country.
Pena said he has endorsed Obama because he also believes in his ability to unify the country and find workable solutions to economic and health care concerns and ending the war.
“People are looking for real solutions and change,” said Matt Chandler, Colorado press secretary for the Obama campaign who was traveling with the group. By talking to people and explaining how they can make their voices heard, those involved in the campaign can encourage participation one of the most important elections in decades, said Chandler.