Colorado river water use is a regional issue but a contentious one if your familiar with western U.S. politics.
McCain gets interviewed by the Pueblo Chieftain and the talk turns to water, you can read the interview here:
McCain says basically there are water problems, the governors want/should meet, I support that and agree with whatever they come up with, hey maybe we can even find some federal matching funds to help Colorado with water projects. McCain's exact words:
"Conditions have changed dramatically, so I'm not saying that anyone would be forced to do anything because I'm a federalist and believe in the rights of states".
Now the Democrats and the Denver Post editors get ahold of the interview and the chest pounding begins:
McCain suggests raiding Colorado's water
Yes that word is RAIDING: inflammatory, sensational, eye catching. Exactly what caught my eye. Of course both articles quote Ritter (Democrat Governor) and Salazar (Democrat Senator) making heroic comments that they personally will save Colorado's water from the that bad boy Republican presidential candidate.
Colorado had a bit of a political shake up last election cycle, with Democrats taking both houses of the state congress and the governors seat as well. Lately polls around here have been showing a shift toward McCain from a stronger Obama position earlier this year. I suspect this water "issue" is one way for the power D's in Colorado to score some quick political talking points without even bothering to see what McCain actually said...
Kudo's to the Pueblo Chieftan for having a fair article. The reaction too it highlights the spin between Democrats and the press.
Oh yes and one point for SoCo. This is a perfect example of Democrats using the politics of fear.