Gov. John Hickenlooper had worked with a team of "willing partners" on legislation that would have granted more control to local municipalities.
"I'm here for every American who works their tail off," the president told his audience in Denver's Cheesman Park.
Last Tuesday's Republican primaries illustrate the power a handful of conservative groups exert over Colorado GOP politics. But some observers warn they're only scoring Pyrrhic victories.
Supporters of ballot measures to give more control to local governments over drilling will be able to gather signatures for all six of their proposed measures.
Bob Beauprez won Tuesday's primary election and will face incumbent Governor John Hickenlooper in November.
- Bob Beauprez wins the Republican primary election for Colorado governor; voters in Loveland reject two-year fracking moratorium.View Primary Election Results
Four Republicans are facing off in Tuesday's primary in Colorado's Fourth Congressional District. The winner will be the favorite in the fall general election.
Personalities differ more than beliefs in race to challenge Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in the November election.
Governor John Hickenlooper is floating a draft bill that would give local governments greater authority over oil and gas development.