RNC Chairman cheers on GOP candidates at Greenwood Village rally

Lynn Bartels --- The Denver Post 

Colorado Republicans cheered Wednesday when their national leader said the party is laying the groundwork to "save this country and put a Republican in the White House in 2016."

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, told a crowd gathered in Greenwood Village that gone are the days when party faithful showed up a few months before an election.

"We have to be a national party that's everywhere all the time," he said.

Priebus praised the state GOP chairman, Ryan Call, noting Colorado is at the "epicenter" of that movement.

Volunteers aiding the state Republican Party waved signs and clapped as various candidates spoke, including former Congressman Bob Beauprez, who is running for governor; Congressman Cory Gardner, running for the U.S. Senate; and U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and Treasurer Walker Stapleton, who are running for re-election.

"We are going to focus on the issues that matter to Coloradans," Stapleton said. "We are not going to be distracted. We are not going to be diverted. We are going not going to be divided. We are going to be unified."

Several "amens" rang out.

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