State of Colorado Archives: on Principles & Values


Cory Gardner: Giving up Energy Committee seat to run for Senate

Gardner is a rising star within the House GOP. Only in his second term, he is close to Republican leaders and was awarded a plum assignment on the Energy and Commerce Committee. That was a lot to give up for a Senate bid.

Early last year, political handicappers viewed Udall, son of the late Rep. Mo Udall, as in good shape politically. But signs of Udall's political vulnerability grew. Like other Democrats, he drew blame for the troubled rollout of the health-care law. Criticism grew when his office questioned the number of notices the state said people received saying their policies were being canceled because they didn't comply with the standards of the new law. In late January Gardner began to reconsider.

The two leading GOP contenders in the race--Buck and Stephens--withdrew as the news broke about Gardner's decision to run. Still, Gardner expects a tough race. "We don't know if the [political] environment is better," he said. But "it certainly feels like it has turned the corner."

Source: Wall Street Journal on 2014 Colorado Senate race Mar 2, 2014

Randy Baumgardner: Skipped GOP primary debate sponsored by Denver Post

Tuesday night's debate included three political newcomers viewed as longshots: Floyd Trujillo of Douglas County, an oil and gas industry consultant; former Brighton School Board member Tom Janich; and businessman Mark Aspiri of Glenwood Springs.

State Sen. Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs declined to attend the debate, citing a prior commitment.

Source: Denver Post on 2014 Colorado Senate debate Feb 26, 2014

John Hickenlooper: Operate government with more common sense and less nonsense

I took what you might call an unconventional path into running for office. I started out here in Colorado as a geologist. During a downturn, everyone in our company got laid off.

Next thing I knew I was making beer and starting a brewpub business. It turned out pretty well. But as every small business person knows, it's not easy out there, especially when bureaucracy gets in the way.

I didn't run for public office until I was 50. Before that, I'd never run for anything. Not even in high school. I ran for public office as a small businessman. I thought government needed to operate with more common sense and less nonsense. So while we have been doing all we can to make it as easy as possible for business to succeed in Colorado we also have been streamlining the state government, making it more efficient.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to Colorado Legislature Jan 9, 2014

Tom Tancredo: Won't debate in GOP primaries; will debate Dems

Tom Tancredo's decision not to debate his Republican primary opponents is the correct one. In 1996 & 2000, I ran in GOP primaries for Montana governor. Like Tancredo, I was a conservative with high statewide name recognition, but not favored by most of the party establishment. I participated in numerous public debates against my more liberal primary election opponents. Our experience confirmed Tancredo's view that primary debates increase acrimony among party activists and make it more difficult for the party to unite for the general election.

We also discovered that primary election debates pose a major downside risk but don't offer much upside. Relatively few people who watch them do so with open minds.

Tancredo has said that if he prevails in the primary, he will debate his Democratic opponent in the general election. That also is the correct decision. General elections engage a much larger electorate, a larger undecided contingent, a wider audience, and greater contrast on the issues.

Source: Denver Post OpEd on 2014 Colorado gubernatorial race Dec 24, 2013

Tom Tancredo: Obama is greater threat to our way of life than any enemy

Tancredo, a vocal anti-immigration crusader, made headlines in 2010 when he said that President Barack Obama constitutes a greater threat to the American way of life than any foreign enemy the US has faced. In 2011, after President Obama released his long-form birth certificate, Tancredo said that Obama withheld his birth certificate to make Republicans look foolish.
Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Colorado Governor race Dec 6, 2013

Ken Buck: Tea Party is based on frustration, not racism

Q: You have tea party backing. The question is whether the tea party represents an extreme, insurgent political force, or whether it's a legitimate political movement.

BUCK: I think it's a legitimate political movement. Folks are frustrated that we are spending so much money in Washington, and they're every bit as frustrated with the Republicans as they are with the Democrats, because the Republicans are every bit as much to blame for the mess that we're in. That frustration has exhibited itself in a lot of energy. Folks are not going to try to send the same type of Republican to Washington that they've sent in the past.

Q: The NAACP released a report concluding, We found Tea Party ranks to be permeated with concerns about race and national identity." Your response?

BUCK: I've been to over 800 events in Colorado in the last 20 months. I have not seen that. And, and I find it offensive that folks would try to label the tea party in that way. It's just not true in Colorado.

Source: NBC's Meet the Press: 2010 Colorado Senate debate Oct 17, 2010

Ken Buck: I will not swear allegiance to the Republican party

Both men emphasized their willingness to break from party orthodoxy. Bennet said that he'd be "open" to a compromise on "temporarily" extending the Bush tax cuts for wealthy Americans. Buck told the audience, "I will not swear allegiance to the Republican party in Washington, DC."
Source: ABC News coverage of 2010 Colorado Senate debate Sep 12, 2010

Michael Bennet: Pragmatism and independent thinking at national level

Michael Bennet's desire to represent Colorado in the US Senate is deeply rooted in a moral obligation to leave this country in a better place for his children, and a fear that we will fail in that obligation if we do not take a fresh approach to Washington. He believes that the pragmatism and independent thinking that have been so essential to making Colorado such an incredible place to live are also the values we must embrace at a national level to achieve the fundamental change we need.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, bennetforcolorado.com, "About" Dec 25, 2009

Ken Salazar: Kerry is somebody who I support

Q: Are you running away from John Kerry?

A: Iím not running away from John Kerry. John Kerry is a person who has done a lot for this country, who has served this country with distinction. He is somebody who I support.

I will campaign with him in Colorado when he comes, but Iím not going to change my schedule just because there happens to be a candidate that comes into the state of Colorado. You know, this race has been a seven-month race between Pete and me. We have a very, very heavy schedule.

Source: Colorado Senate Debate on Meet the Press Oct 10, 2004

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