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Truth Test: Walker Stapleton oversells Trump bonafides

Author: Brandon Rittiman, 9News - May 17, 2018 - Updated: May 17, 2018

Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton addresses the 2018 Colorado Republican State Assembly while accepting his nomination for governor at the Coors Events Center on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder on April 14. (Photo by Andy Colwell for Colorado Politics)

Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton wants to be the next Republican governor of the Centennial State, and he’s running an ad boasting his conservative credentials.

The 30-second television ad is called “Courage.” Stapleton tells viewers that he had the courage to fight against tax increases, single-payer healthcare and support President Donald Trump on tax reform.

CLAIM: “I was the only treasurer in the country with the courage to support Donald Trump’s tax cuts.”


Walker is one of 31 Republican state treasurers across the country and many of them supported Trump’s tax plan.

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The treasurers of Kentucky and Utah both penned opinion pieces in favor of federal tax reform. And the treasurers of Idaho and Missouri traveled to Washington D.C. to talk about tax reform with the president’s team while the bill was being debated in Congress.

9NEWS asked the Stapleton campaign how it justified the claim in its ad, and they pointed to one White House press release from December where he’s the only state treasurer quoted on a long list of supporters.

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Brandon Rittiman, 9News