Hickenlooper defends record as 2014 race begins

1:56 PM, Aug 14, 2013   |    comments
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TRININDAD, Colo. (AP) - Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is touring southern Colorado as his re-election campaign kicks off and he's spending time defending controversial decisions from the last year.

Hickenlooper spent most of his prepared remarks in Trinidad Wednesday morning on his decision to indefinitely delay the execution of convicted killer Nathan Dunlap, a proposed tax increase for schools, and an expansion of background checks for gun purchases. Hickenlooper says Dunlap was "severely bipolar," that background checks catch violent offenders, and that the tax increase is attached to a set of school reforms.

Hickenlooper is touring the Eastern Plains and southern Colorado this week. His office says the visits are not related to his re-election campaign. But the stops offer the governor valuable face time with voters in rural communities.

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