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Highlights from the Colorado Republican Convention

By: The Gazette
April 9, 2016 Updated: April 9, 2016 at 11:13 pm
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1:27 p.m. --

Cruz is done with his speech, punctuating it by saying that he "lasting legacy" of Barack Obama will be the emergence of a "new generation of Republican leaders who will fight for freedom."


1:24 p.m. --

Cruz now emphasizing his recent string of states won and the momentum he has gained. "In three weeks. In 10 elections in a row, we have beaten Donald Trump."

Crowd is now chanting "Cruz. Cruz. Cruz."


1:21 p.m. --

Other highlights from Cruz:

* He will repeal "Obamacare."

* He would like to abolish the IRS.

* Donald Trump has supported liberal politicians for 40 years.

* President Obama has had bad policies on military rules of engagement.

* He will stand unapologetically with Israel.


1:10 p.m.--

Ted Cruz is on stage and getting applause after every sentence he utters to the GOP Assembly.

Some highlights:

"It's easy to talk about making America great again. You can even print it on a baseball cap."

"The heart of our economy is every small business owner."


1:02 p.m. --

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck is on the stage to introduce Ted Cruz to the Colorado GOP Assembly.


12:46 p.m. --

Ted Cruz tells the Denver Post's John Frank that as president he will not enforce federal law to block legalized marijuana in Colorado. That is the same policy Barack Obama has had.


12:38 p.m. --

Republican presidential candidate has claimed the bulk of Colorado's delegates, and with good reason. His list of supporters in the state include U.S. Rep Ken Buck, Secretary of State Wayne Williams, state Sens. Ken Grantham, Kent Lambert, Kevin Lundberg and Laura Woods, and state Reps. Dan Nordberg, Janak Joshi, Gordon Klingenschmitt, Kim Ransom and Perry Buck.


Darryl Glenn, who drew the most applause of any candidate thus far at the assembly, spoke jobs and took jabs at Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. He called Sanders Santa Claus because of all the promises hes's made. Glenn said it's time to get Clinton out of a "pants suit" and into a "prison suit."


12:13 p.m.--

El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder has nominated Darryl Glenn to be on the primary ballot for the U.S. Senate race. Rousing ovation for Glenn, who says in his speech that this country is "not about black, brown, white America, but United States of America."

Glenn also focuses on jobs and takes a jab at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who's like "Santa Claus, out there promising everything."


12:09 p.m.--

Darryl Glenn, another El Paso County Commissioner vying for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination, has taken the stage. 


12:05 p.m. --

Presidential candidate Donald Trump did not make the trip to Colorado to work for any of the state's 37 delegates, but he does have supporters on hand, and a surrogate will speak for him.


11:54 a.m. --

El Paso County Commissioner Peg Littleton is making a play for getting on the ballot in the U.S. Senate race. She is one of at least eight candidates vying for the Republican nomination to face off with incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet in the November election.


11:16 a.m. --

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is expected to address the convention shortly after noon.


11:13 a.m. --

El Paso County District Attorney Dan May said that Colorado Republicans are disgruntled with the state's caucus system. 

"People were upset that they were going to the caucus," said May, a delegate at the convention. "They want their voice to count."


An address by presidential hopeful Ted Cruz will highlight Saturday’s activity at the Colorado Republican Convention, which is being held at the Broadmoor World Arena.

Thirteen delegates for the Republican National convention in Cleveland this summer will be chosen on Saturday.

Cruz continued his run on Friday, picking up 12 delegates to add to the nine he had already won in Colorado. Neither front-runner Trump, nor Ohio Gov. John Kasich have won a single delegate.

Cruz is expected to speak to the assembly in the afternoon. Tickets to the event to the general public are sold out. Trump isn't coming but may send a surrogate. Former U.S. Sen. John Sununu from New Hampshire will speak for Kasich.

Large crowd on hand for the state GOP convention

Pack up your patience if you're headed to the Colorado Republican Convention at the Broadmoor World Arena.

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