Colorado Republican Joe O’Dea welcomes Tim Scott and Cory Gardner on campaign trail | New
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea is campaigning in Colorado with current and former members of the legislature he hopes to join.
The construction company owner and first-time candidate is challenging Democratic U.S. Senator Michael Bennet for two terms.
South Carolina Republican Tim Scott, a junior senator from Palmetto State and a potential presidential candidate, joined O’Dea on Friday afternoon for a discussion on education topics in Greenwood Village, followed of an outdoor rally in a nearby park, O’Dea’s campaign said.
“Nice to have @votetimscott with me in Colorado to talk about education and opportunity,” O’Dea tweeted discourse on education. “I am who I am because of my studies at Mullen High School. My parents made me do the dishes to pay. It changed my life.”
Next week, O’Dea is set to host a campaign mix next Friday in an undisclosed part of the state with former U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, according to an event announcement obtained by Colorado Politics. Republican Yuma, who served two terms in the US House and one term in the US Senate, signed with a lobbying firm headed by former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus after losing his bid to re-election two years ago. Gardner went to work earlier this year as chief political strategist for a cryptocurrency trading group.
Others at the Friday education roundtable included Brenda Dickhoner, president of school choice advocacy group Ready Colorado; State Representative Colin Larson, R-Ken Caryl; Joyce Rankin and Steve Durham, members of the State Board of Education; and State Board of Education candidate Molly Lamar, O’Dea’s campaign said.
Last week, U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, another potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate, appeared with O’Dea at a campaign event in Greenwood Village, where the two Republicans highlighted the importance of strengthening border security.
O’Dea isn’t alone in the race to bring senators to town as the election nears.
On Tuesday, Democratic U.S. Senator Alex Padilla of California joined Bennet in a series of meetings with the Latino community and business leaders in the Denver metro area, capped off by a rally in Thornton with Yadira Caraveo, a state legislator and Democratic candidate for New Colorado. 8th congressional district.
A spokesperson for the Colorado Democratic Party criticized O’Dea for hosting Scott, who voted in the Senate to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the same length restriction that O’Dea said he supports.
“Joe O’Dea can lie all he wants about abortion, but campaign with anti-abortion Republicans and a disturbing record of support for a ban on abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest. proves he can’t be trusted,” the Democrat said. Nico Delgado said in a statement, “It would give Republicans McConnell and MAGA the majority they need to pass a national abortion ban.”
O’Dea said he supports a federal law allowing early abortion. He also supports additional restrictions on federal funding for the procedure and requires parental notification for minors who have abortions.