I just got off the phone with Bill Ritter, who is a Democratic candidate for governor of Colorado, and am happy to say that I am supporting his campaign and candidacy. As a pro-choice voter, I had been concerned about his stance on reproductive issues -- and am relieved that my concerns have been addressed in a direct, articulate, and convincing way.
In advance of the call, I had told Brad that the only acceptable answer to the question, "What would you do if the South Dakota abortion legislation arrived on your desk as governor?" was "Veto" -- which is exactly what Bill said.
In addition, he said that he would oppose the referendum which is likely to appear on the Colorado ballot this fall banning late term abortions and would restore funding to Planned Parenthood which was cut under the current Owens administration.
I am not a single issue voter, but I believe that a candidate's stance on reproductive rights is a bellwether for other issues. In our conversation today, Bill Ritter said that he supports civil marriages, which is another issue that is important to me and means that we are closer on the social issues spectrum than I would have thought prior to our conversation, which is a good thing. I actually think that education is the most imporant issue to me, and I like everything I see on the Ritter for Governor website about his plans for strenthening education in Colorado.
I appreciate Bill's willingness to take the time to speak with Brad and me today and to discuss a complex and difficult issue directly.