State of Colorado Archives: on Principles & Values

Ken Salazar: Fifth-generation Coloradan; ranch in San Luis Valley

The fifth-generation Coloradan, whose family has long operated a ranch in the San Luis Valley, was elected twice as the state's attorney general and served four years in the U.S. Senate before stepping down to join the incoming Obama administration in 2009. He ran the Department of the Interior through former President Barack Obama's first term and then returned to Colorado, where he joined international law firm WilmerHale as a partner.
Source: on 2021 Ambassador Confirmation Hearing Jun 17, 2021

Jared Polis: Embracing the outdoors part of the Colorado Way of Life

Embracing the outdoors--being able to get away from the trials and tribulations of the daily grind--has always been a big part of the Colorado Way of Life. And when the crisis struck these vast public lands became our escape--a much-needed retreat where we could go to feel normal again. To be free. Our public lands are a treasure we must never take for granted, and always work to nurture and protect.

To quote my favorite Star Trek Captain, Jean-Luc Picard: "Things are only impossible until they are not." If the problems we face now were ever intractable, today they are not. If, at some point in the past, we lacked the means or the will to tackle them, today we do not.

Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Colorado legislature Feb 17, 2021

Greg Lopez: A vote for me is a vote for "All of Colorado"

We are all so proud of Colorado and what our state has become. We have built one of the strongest economies and can compete nationally, yet we have not served all 64 counties in Colorado well. I promise to extend our reach to "ALL" in our state. My job is to keep Colorado the great place we have all come to know and love. A vote for me is a vote for "All of Colorado."
Source: 2022 Colorado governor race website Feb 15, 2021

Greg Lopez: I will follow the Code of the West

Source: 2022 Colorado governor race website Feb 15, 2021

Greg Lopez: I do not want to see Colorado become California

[On his vision for the state]: "I do not want to see Colorado become California, and it's happening every day right in front of our eyes. It's wrong and not what Colorado is all about. We need to make Colorado Colorado again, and what is driving me is that we're losing sight of what makes this such a great state," he said.
Source: Akron News-Reporter on 2022 Colorado gubernatorial race Feb 10, 2021

Ken Buck: Elected as County DA; 4 terms in Congress; & state GOP chair

At this point, all eyes are on U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, who lost a run against Bennet a decade ago but has won every race he's run since--re-election to a third term as Weld County district attorney in 2012, followed by a 2014 primary win before election to the first of four terms he's won in Congress. Almost two years ago, Buck also won a close race for Colorado GOP chairman, a move that insiders said was intended to prepare for a Bennet challenge.

Buck made it official [this week] that he isn't seeking a second term helming the state party. Potential Republican candidates are lining up to run for Buck's 4th Congressional District seat if he makes a jump for the Senate. Buck hasn't yet decided whether to challenge Bennet, but he holds the keys to a series of potential tumbling dominos. Along with setting off a gold rush for his congressional seat, a Senate run likely wouldn't clear the field entirely, but it'll thin out the GOP Senate primary considerably.

Source: blog on 2022 Colorado Senate race Dec 18, 2020

Jared Polis: Finding common ground part of Colorado Way of Life

Our state's breathtaking natural beauty, our strong economy, and our forward-thinking society make Colorado the envy of the nation and attract people from all over the globe who want to visit us or move here to live the Colorado Way of Life. That doesn't happen by accident. It happens because for decades, Coloradans from across the continental divide and the political divide have worked together in good faith to find common ground, protect what keeps Colorado special, and build a better state.
Source: 2020 Colorado State of the State address Jan 9, 2020

Alice Madden: Withdrew from race when former governor declared candidacy

Madden struck a similar tone when describing why she's stepping away from her bid for the Democratic senatorial nomination and the right to challenge Republican incumbent Cory Gardner. "The dire need to forge solutions to the climate crisis is the reason I entered the U.S. Senate race against Cory Gardner," Madden allowed. "It is the defining issue of our time, and it's something to which I have and will continue to dedicate my career. But recent changes in the primary field have made me re-evaluate whether I have a realistic path to victory."

The change to which Madden refers: the entry into the race of former governor John Hickenlooper, whose mere presence had already convinced two other senatorial hopefuls, ex-state senator Mike Johnston and former U.S. ambassador Dan Baer, to hoist the white flag.

Source: on 2020 Colorado Senate race Oct 11, 2019

Angela Williams: Attacking progressive ideas as "socialist" is a scare tactic

It is not socialism to want to expand health care access and reduce costs for every citizen. It is not socialist to propose sweeping changes to our fossil fuel economy, preserving our land and water for ranchers, farmers, and future generations. When Democrats label and attack progressive solutions as "socialist," we adopt the tired scare tactics that conservatives have used to decrease the appeal of otherwise popular ideas in an effort to win elections, or defeat Democratic policy proposals.
Source: Sentinel Colorado on 2020 Colorado Senate race Aug 23, 2019

Ellen Burnes: We need leaders who don't just dispense red tape

Colorado's future depends on leaders who have ambitions which don't involve climbing ladders and dispensing red tape. Leaders with track records filled with real-world victories, and the composure to stand tall in the face of adversity. With the discipline she gained from a childhood in rural America, and a deep-rooted curiosity for the natural world, Ellen Burnes has dedicated her life to taking on "impossible" challenges in Finance, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Management.
Source: 2020 Colorado Senate campaign website May 19, 2019

Greg Lopez: Military taught values of loyalty, teamwork, brotherhood

In basic, they remove your entire identity. Everything you are, everything you believe you are, they remove it. They purge you from what you think you bring to the table and help you re-form those values of loyalty and teamwork and brotherhood. That's why you need to learn to march together and do things together as a team--because you're all connected.
Source: blog on 2018 Colorado governor race May 23, 2018

Steve Barlock: Statist and nationalist: Colorado and U.S. come first

Barlock also claims support as a pro-Trump "America First candidate" meaning he supports a nationalist agenda. Running for governor he calls himself a "statist" which means he is "all in for Colorado," and will do whatever is in the state's best interest.
Source: Colorado Independent on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race Sep 5, 2017

Steve Barlock: Won't let globalist opponents steal my views

I will release my statements on Colorado issues weekly after the last two major Republican candidates declare. I will not allow these globalist candidates to lie about their personal views on the issues that Colorado citizens value or let them claim my statements as their own.
Source: 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial website Sep 1, 2017

Darryl Glenn: God is the highest authority in my life

Q: What in the nature of mankind caused America's Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Glenn: James Madison described the need for a separation of powers in Federalist Paper No. 51 when he stated, "men are not angels" and explained that the separation of powers was required to prevent an accumulation and consolidation of power by any one man or department. The endless attempts of the current administration to overreach and exert power beyond what is constitutionally proscribed has demonstrated just how right Madison was.

Q: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Glenn: I am a Christ follower and God is the highest authority in my life.

Q: Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which political philosophy best describes you?

Glenn: Very Conservative

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 Colorado Senate race Nov 8, 2016

Ryan Frazier: Raised with conservative values, and a faith in God

I was raised by a single mom, who worked 2 and sometimes 3 jobs to raise my brothers and I. Mom worked day after day trying to get ahead, and providing us a decent living. She raised us with conservative values, a faith in God, perseverance, and a mind-set of doing your part. I still carry those same values with me today and they've guided me as a father, businessman, and while serving in the U.S. Navy.
Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website Feb 3, 2016

John Hickenlooper: Governance needs compromise to work

Democracy wasn't designed to be argument-free--it's built on vigorous debate. But democracy also wasn't designed to be combative to its own detriment. Without compromise, the system stagnates under the weight of so many stalemates. This "you're either with us or against us" mentality hurts our state and our country, and it undermines our democracy. This isn't how our founders envisioned it. They weren't partisan to the point of paralysis. The system worked because they worked together.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Colorado legislature Jan 14, 2016

Tim Neville: There is a war on religious liberty & Christian schools

Across the country there is a war on religious liberty, as Christian-based schools, businesses and non-profit groups are being fined or shut down simply for abiding by their Faith and religious values. I believe every American--regardless of what religion--has the right to worship and practice their religious beliefs without fear of fines or imprisonment.

If elected to the US Senate, I will oppose all attempts to ban or further infringe upon the Religious Freedoms of the American people.

Source: 2016 Colorado Senate campaign website, Oct 9, 2015

Tim Neville: Read bills and decide if it passes "First do no harm"

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, Oct 9, 2015

Mike Johnston: Reached out to local church after S.C. shootings

A white lawmaker's decision to put a letter on the door of a black church in response to the South Carolina shooting and then write about it on Facebook has touched a nerve. "By Sunday morning America could blanket these churches with such overwhelming expressions of love that no one could walk through the doors of an AME church without feeling a flood of love and support from white men whose names they don't know, whose faces they can't place, but whose love they can't ignore," he wrote.
Source: Denver Post on 2020 Colorado Senate race Jun 18, 2015

Darryl Glenn: Calls himself a Christian constitutional conservative

"I worry about the polarizing national debate over the core principles that govern our country," Glenn said. "Parents and grandparents are rightly concerned about mounting economic burdens facing their children and grandchildren. Hard-working individuals and families struggle with budgets that barely get them from one paycheck to the next. Many people are dismayed as they watch their hard-earned money get wasted on government excess."

Glenn, a Republican since high school, is a member of New Life Church in Colorado Springs. He calls himself a Christian constitutional conservative and will support policy that enables everyone to pursue their American dream by ensuring economic freedom, restoring the traditional balance of power among federal branches of government, mandating that government live within its means, strengthening our nation's security and providing for international defense.

Source: Colorado Springs Independent on 2016 Colorado Senate race Jan 15, 2015

Darryl Glenn: Calls himself a "Christian constitutional conservative"

Glenn has been elected twice to the Colorado Springs City Council and twice to the El Paso Board of County Commissioners. He bills himself as a "Christian constitutional conservative" and said he will support policy that enables everyone to "pursue their American dream by ensuring economic freedom, restoring the traditional balance of power among federal branches of government, mandating that government live within its means, strengthening our nation's security."
Source: Denver Post on 2016 Colorado Senate race Jan 15, 2015

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,, "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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