WASHINGTON (June 30, 2012)--President Barack Obama said Saturday the wildfires in Colorado are another example of Americans pitching in to help in times of tragedy and emergency.
Mr. Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to praise the coordinated response to the fires, which have killed at least two people and destroyed hundreds of homes.
Mr. Obama's attention to Colorado takes on added significance coming less than five months before the Nov. 6 presidential election because Colorado is an important swing state in his contest with Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
For the Republicans, the target this week was the health care law.
U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., argued that it has not lived up to billing and vows that Republicans would work to repeal it.
Despite the Supreme Court ruling upholding most of the measure, Barrasso said the law is "unworkable, unaffordable, and very unpopular."