Usually, when the words Republican and Chevrolet Volt go together, it has something to do with hating on General Motor's most controversial car. Like this or this or this.

But take a look at Colorado Republican congressional candidate Joe Coors' campaign commercial, which was actually filmed inside his Chevrolet Volt and is full of praise for the car. "I bet you don't know many Republicans who drive hybrid cars," he says in the ad. The Volt's a plug-in hybrid, but we get the idea. Coors also says he's always been a "car nut," and 30 years ago tried to build an electric car in his garage. He's into alternative energy, domestic oil and natural gas production and lowering energy costs while reducing dependence on foreign oil. Click below to watch the video.

Denver Post columnist Lynn Bartels says she's been asked several times since the ad came out what Coors actually drives. Yes, he drives a 2012 Volt, she says, even though he could be driving a luxury car worth much more, what with his $2 million a year from family trusts and all.

Coors is going after the seventh district Congressional seat held by Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter. Local residents think Coors bought the car to look good on energy issues, but he does seem to love the car. According to Bartels, the Democratic tracker who has been following Coors around has plenty of video of Coors getting in and out of the Volt. So, if he's putting on a show, then he's doing it the method acting way.



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      oktrader
      • 2 Years Ago
      Poor Volt. The extremes of EV purists and skeptics love to hate it. I remember when the "secret" of the Volt propulsion system was acknowledged by GM (that the drive unit planetary would, in one mode, mix engine output with the drive motor -- horrors!!). Several outraged commenters stated unequivocally that "GM is a bunch of liars", and the company deployed a fleet of PR types to calm the green masses. There's no need for me to point out vitriol from the other side. That's well-documented on ABG. I have said it before, but once again with feeling: it's hard to know exactly whether it made financial sense in the bankruptcy restructuring to continue or terminate the Volt project. You really can't tell from the outside. My guess is that there was so much on the balance sheet that the writedown would have added more Billions to the total. Conversely, you could argue that the restructuring offered the very best time to put a bullet in a struggling project. I would love to see input from someone with real GM accounting knowledge from that period to know the truth. Whatever. The decision was made, and Volts are quietly racking up milions more all-electric miles every month. It is doing modestly well in the marketplace largely through the beneficence of the corporation and the EV rebate. You may argue the validity of this assertion all you want, but I would challenge you to find any other Lease package that lets you drive a $45k car off the lot for $259/mo (36 mo., $2400 up front). That's the deal I got; some have done even better. Thank you, GM and fellow taxpayers. I marvel at how politics are linked with automotive choices in some people's minds. My Volt has only one small bumper sticker, which I regard as the ultimate statement of feisty American independence: the Gadsden flag. (I suppose some might see this as odd. I don't know why; conversely, I travel through areas where I see plenty of Suburbans covered with Obama advertising.) The party talking points and ignorant "energy policy" nostrums that show up in these comments columns illustrate the simplistic thought processes from which these biases arise. How sad. Carlin was right. The average person is pretty stupid, and 50% of the population is dumber than that. FWIW, just to confound the political simpletons even more, my trusty EREV occasionally carries Class III firearms out for an afternoon of serious cap-busting. Anyhow, to all fellow '12 Volt pilots, use "L" to get best regen, select Mountain Mode on the highway to save the battery for city operation or motoring around parks and pleasant lanes, and don't hesitate to use "Sport". Happy electrons, and I'll see you on the road.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reading comments below... Republicans who disagree with us and dislike the Volt: Evil! Republicans who agree with us and like the Volt: Evil! Open minded...believe in diversity, celebrate....yea.
        Rick
        • 5 Months Ago
        @EZEE
        Republicans & Democrats will both tell you what you want to here before an election we love the Volt we hate the Volt that should cover just about everybody, we have got the Volt voters covered Mitt says its subsidy $h!t & Joe says it cool, then when they get elected will do something completely different when they are staring at a huge fiscal defect come January 1st 2013. If these cars are ever going to be a car for the masses then they need to complete on price the hard way, Mitt is right. Prius have has been around for a decade in the UK, they said when it was first introduced the price would come down with time, its still as expensive as ever. What will happen in the real world as oil runs dry, only the rich few will buy these cars Average Joe won't be able to afford drive the technology. With gas prices at near to $10 in the UK the Prius has been around for a decade, the Prius is still as expensive as ever, we were told it would get cheaper with time when it was introduced, and expensive thats the way it will stay a car for the rich few. Average Joes will get priced out of cars, they won't all migrate into expensive EVs and hybrids, you can see it happening here at the moment in Europe the masses are giving up on the car.. Mitt is not evil he is just being honest the EV & Hybrids need to be affordable ASAP, without the big discounts from the taxpayer if they are ever going to be viable. At the moment the Prius after 10 years selling in the UK has failed it still is as expensive as ever a car for the few in the future, as the masses get priced out of cars as oil runs out.
        Michael Walsh
        • 5 Months Ago
        @EZEE
        That's the way the Cookie Monster crumbles!
        Giza Plateau
        • 5 Months Ago
        @EZEE
        They are always evil. It's what they do, not because of any bias against them as you suggest. You will notice that the text on the screen only says increase of fossil fuel use. That makes them evil.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's do it all: Frack, and pollute your ground water, and increase employment at your local Cancer Center. Smart.
      Ugo Sugo
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, even republicans like to suck money from taxpayers! Robbing God feared Americans of 7500 hard earned dollars each time!
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ugo Sugo
        Whats another $7,500 to the $16 trillions of US public debt $141,178 per US taxpayer, or $58 trillions US total debt or $701,027 per debt US family. Helicopter Ben will print more phoney fiat money to debase the $ with more in bad debt ponzi schemes pumping more money into banks through the back door, or the Chinese will lend you it, more debt for the grandchildren to pay off. http://www.usdebtclock.org If the US government, US military & GE (Vested interest in Electric Power Supply) are buying most of the Volts coming of the production lines, its cutting US government spending on cars by $7,500 per Volt. Don't worry our grandchildren not born yet will pick up the tabs for all this government overspending/investment bank casino bankers gambling debt tabs transferred over onto the taxpayers books that we are doing in this moment in time all around the world.
          gpmp
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Rick
          Ever notice that the words 'fiat money' are NEVER in the same post as 'Iraq war' or 'Afghan war'? Ever notice that someone complaining that 'our grandchildren not born yet will pick up the tabs for all this government overspending' NEVER say things like 'our grandchildren not born yet will pick up the tabs for all these trillions spent on war'? Rick, if you were honestly interested in US debt, you would include ALL the stupid things our taxes pay for, not just the ones you see on Fox News
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Rick
          Rick, This is Rob Peterson from Chevrolet Communications. Your statement that the US government, US military and GE are buiying most of the Volt's is grossly inaccurate. Since launch, fewer than 10 percent of Volt sales are to fleet customers (local, federal and private fleet operators). Through September, the US Government has obtained a total of 185 Volt's (contrary to published media reports including those posted on AutoBlogGreen which indicate otherwise). Thanks Rob
          EZEE
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Rick
          @rick Now you've done it, you pissed off GM. And that's not good for America.
          Rick
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Rick
          Whats Fox news, never heard of it? Sorry forgot about the cost of wars and homeland security you never needed before. US deficit $4 trillion debt reduction plan agreed by the two parties when debt hit $13 trillions last year at the typical 23.59 hour meeting has now been reduced to $16 trillions, good to see you say the grandchidren won't see any of this debt. How much money was lost in the wars including the odd 40 billions that went missing cost? Since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003, the New York Federal Reserve has been shipping tens of billions of dollars to the government and central bank of Iraq, ostensibly for reconstruction and resumption of governmental services after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Between 2003 and 2008, over $40 billion in cash was secretly shipped in trucks from the New York Federal Reserve compound in East Rutherford, New Jersey to Andrews Air Force Base outside of Washington, where they were then flown by military aircraft to Baghdad International Airport. In just the first two years, the shipments of dollar bills weighed a total of 363 tons. But much of that money was stolen, misappropriated, and simply lost. Despite Congressional hearings and reports, official inquiries from Washington to Baghdad, an investigating special inspector general’s office and Department of Defense, nobody knows exactly what happened to the bulk of the money. http://news.antiwar.com/2011/10/25/billions-lost-in-secret-federal-reserve-funding-of-iraq-war/ That could have brought a lot of Chevy Volts without discounts for the US army.
        TJP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ugo Sugo
        No, it's not really taken from anyone elses pocket, as the rebate sum is not literally GIVEN to them. It's just 7500 less charged FROM them. And at the same time reducing dependence on foreign oil, promoting local energy production and creating local jobs (at the US based GM & Nissan factories). How is that bad? Most likely that it ends up in net positive for the tax payers, considering all the positive side effects, including all the healthcare benefits for lowered pollution.
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Joe: America needs new ideas to reduce its dependency on imported oil and gas! We need to fuel our vehicles with domestic energy! The solution to our energy needs is within our grasp! In conclusions, Drill Baby Drill!
        paulwesterberg
        • 5 Months Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        For his next ad he should walk around wind farm talking about how America needs to build more coal power plants and coal mines.
      Ziv
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM-Volt.com had a poll of its readers, the vast majority of whom support the Volt, and more than 40% were Republicans or conservatives and in fact the Reps/Conservatives outnumbered both the Dems/Liberals and the independents. The talking heads of the Republican party see an opportunity to attack the Dems on this issue, but most of us think they are biting off their own nose to spite their face.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Colorado need to reduce their ridiculously high tax-credit for electric vehicles. It is going to backfire and cause a back-lash. I'm all for some EV incentives but $6000 on top of the $7500 Federal tax-credit is too much.
        Ford Future
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Think of it as Colorado's kick in the a** to the Saudi's who funded 9/11. Every State should do this.
      American Refugee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good for him! Though I fail to see how inheriting your family's beer fortune prepares you for anything in life, much less Congress.
        kEiThZ
        • 5 Months Ago
        @American Refugee
        The only thing inheriting money prepares you for is Congress....
      Marcopolo
      • 5 Months Ago
      @ Giza Plateau Let's see if I've got you right, if nearly 50% of American voter's, vote for Republican candidates, what you are saying is 50% of the US electorate is 'evil' ? Boy, Mitt Romney may have been embarrassed by his thoughtless '47%' quip, but you go way beyond that !
      • 2 Years Ago
      I AM A REPUBLICAN AND I LIKE THE VOLT VERY MUCH AND WHEN WE BOOT OUT OBAMA THIS NOVEMBER, I MIGHT JUST TRADE FOR ONE. I OWN AN 07 CHEV. DIESEL TRUCK AND AM LOYAL TO THE BRAND, OF COURSE!!.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Get the trucks running on NG off diesel, that will be one big winner for both the US economy and environment.
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      "I'm for alternative energy, but let's also increase oil and natural gas production here at home. We have to lower our energy cost and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It's good for America. On energy policy, let's be smart. Let's do it all." Well said.
        Ford Future
        • 5 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        Translation: Continue to trade cheap gas for Expensive Food and Record Drought. Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson told Texas Ranchers to start importing Drought Resistant Cattle from India. IT's time to vote against stupid.
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