First-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar believes Jeffco voters will support Barack Obama in the presidential election this fall because he can relate to many middle-class issues.
"People in Jefferson County, who I know well, are struggling with the same kinds of issues that all of middle America is struggling with," Salazar said from the floor of last week's Democratic National Convention. "The middle class is struggling with the high cost of health care, concern about their jobs, about the kinds of wages that they're getting, and about not being able to keep up anymore."
Salazar tried to paint a contrast between the Illinois senator and Arizona Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee for president.
"It's most important that when you elect someone to be a U.S. senator or a governor or whatever, that they will have walked through the same kinds of things that people are walking through now," Salazar said. "Sen. Obama has had a hard time in his own life. He has struggled. He's gone through poverty. He's been at ATM machines where he couldn't get money out from the ATM machine.
“When you've lived that kind of life and you haven't been born with a silver spoon in your mouth, it has a huge impact on how you will lead because you will lead for the people. You won't lead for the special interests."
Salazar said that Obama will pick up enough Republican votes in Jefferson County to win the county and ultimately all of Colorado.
"I think that Jefferson County is looking for leadership that is about real solutions," Salazar said. "I think that you are going to have a resounding turnout of voters — Democratic, Republican and independent voters — and I think that Barack Obama is going to pick up his own fair share of Republican voters."