Colorado’s U.S. Senate designee and Governor Bill Ritter are touring the state over the next several days, talking about the economy. But the Republican state party chair says it smacks of a campaign trip and the public shouldn’t be forced to pay for it. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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