Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Q&A

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Incumbent
Cory Gardner
Republican Celebration

AGE
46
RESIDENCE
Yuma
PROFESSION
U.S. Senator
EDUCATION
Unanswered
FAMILY
Unanswered
EXPERIENCE
Unanswered
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Why are you searching for public workplace?
Up to now 6 years I’ve helped transfer the Bureau of Land Administration headquarters to Colorado, obtained funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit to make sure 50,000 Coloradans have entry to scrub ingesting water, secured hundreds of thousands to restore I-25 and I-70, and handed probably the most sweeping conservation laws to guard our nationwide parks within the final 50 years. However there’s a lot extra we are able to do for Colorado. I’m searching for reelection as a result of I hope to construct on these accomplishments and proceed to search out frequent sense options that drive Colorado’s financial system, defend Colorado’s public lands, and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.
What’s going to your prime three priorities be if elected?
We’re experiencing an financial disaster on account of the coronavirus. Retaining folks protected, supporting small companies, and getting People again to work have to be our continued focus. Previous to COVID-19, Colorado’s financial system noticed document job development, wage will increase, its lowest unemployment price in historical past, and an out of doors recreation financial system that employed 229,000 employees whereas including $11 billion to the financial system yearly. Working collectively, we are able to return to that financial local weather and be sure that each Coloradan is protected and wholesome.
Ought to the Inexpensive Care Act get replaced? If that’s the case, what would you exchange it with?
Each Democrats and Republicans need to exchange the Inexpensive Care Act. Whereas my opponent needs to switch it with a socialized healthcare system that may kill hundreds of thousands of jobs and rip personal insurance coverage away from the overwhelming majority of People, I consider we are able to discover bipartisan options that defend folks with preexisting situations, permit folks to purchase medical health insurance throughout state traces, construct on the profitable improvements corresponding to telemedicine, and decrease the price of pharmaceuticals. I’ll proceed working throughout the aisle to ascertain a free-market system that works for the American folks.
Do you help a ban on fracking? Why or why not?
No. Colorado’s oil and gasoline trade contributes billions in state and native tax income, funds our native faculty districts and state infrastructure tasks, and employs over 230,000 Coloradans. There is no such thing as a place on Earth with extra rigorous environmental safeguards and technological know-how than the USA. I’ve made it my mission in Congress to bolster public funding to advance science and improvements that assist us scale back emissions whereas supporting Colorado’s vibrant clear power trade. I help an all-of-the-above power technique as a result of excessive paying jobs, inexpensive power, and funding for our colleges and roads have by no means been extra vital due to the coronavirus pandemic.
What, if something, ought to the federal authorities do to enhance the financial system?
Even previous to the pandemic, there was excessive demand for certified and expert employees throughout a number of totally different sectors, however not sufficient folks with the required expertise or {qualifications} to fill that demand. We have to encourage each financial and workforce improvement throughout the state. That’s why I’m main bipartisan laws that incentivizes minority participation in STEM studying and helps school grads repay their loans. Moreover, we have to lower taxes and preserve Colorado’s rural communities in thoughts when bringing ahead laws that focuses on making Colorado extra economically resilient.
Do you help additional federal restrictions on firearms? If that’s the case, which restrictions?
I’m a robust supporter of 2nd modification rights. The horrific acts which have plagued our nation and our state are nothing I take evenly. The nation must act to forestall these tragedies from occurring once more. I labored intently with Sandy Hook Promise to introduce the STANDUP Act to make sure our youngest and most susceptible have entry to psychological well being companies of their communities. I additionally handed the Nationwide Suicide Hotline Designation Act in order that when Coloradans are experiencing a psychological well being disaster, they want solely to recollect 9-8-Eight to entry quick and specialised assist.

John Hickenlooper
Democratic Celebration

AGE
68
RESIDENCE
Denver
PROFESSION
Geologist, Brewer, former Denver Mayor and Colorado Governor
EDUCATION
Wesleyan College (BA); Wesleyan College (MS)
FAMILY
Married to Robin Pringle Hickenlooper and father to Teddy
EXPERIENCE
Former small enterprise proprietor, mayor, and governor
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Why are you searching for public workplace?
Once I took workplace as Governor, Colorado ranked 40th within the nation in job creation, however collectively we constructed the primary financial system in America. When Colorado was dealing with historic floods, wildfires and mass shootings we put folks forward of politics and solved issues. Working collectively, we expanded entry to well being care to half one million Coloradans, fought local weather change with “gold customary” air air pollution laws and signed gun security measures into regulation. I’ll deliver that very same management to vary Washington, finish this pandemic, and assist us construct again higher than earlier than.
What’s going to your prime three priorities be if elected?
This pandemic has underscored the significance of well being care. Once I get to the Senate, I’ll defend well being care protection for Coloradans with pre-existing situations and battle to decrease well being care prices. After we emerge from this pandemic, we is not going to solely must construct again our financial system, however we’ll must construct again stronger, by constructing an financial system that works for small companies and employees as a substitute of solely the biggest companies. Local weather change is an existential disaster, and within the Senate I’ll work to advertise renewable power, reinstate the air and water protections Cory Gardner and Donald Trump rolled again, and eventually move the bipartisan CORE act to guard Colorado’s public lands from oil and gasoline drilling.
Ought to the Inexpensive Care Act get replaced? If that’s the case, what would you exchange it with?
I help defending and strengthening the Inexpensive Care Act. As Governor, I helped implement the regulation, increasing well being care protection to 500,000 Coloradans. Their protection may finish if President Trump and Senator Gardner’s harmful lawsuit to overturn the ACA succeeds. As senator, I’ll battle every single day to guard protection for the two.four million folks with pre-existing situations in our state and ensure that everybody can get lined. Colorado deserves a Senator who’s dedicated to bringing down the price of well being care, who will scale back the price of pharmaceuticals, and finish shock medical billing.
Do you help a ban on fracking? Why or why not?
Local weather change is the defining problem of our time, and our state is on the entrance traces of this disaster, with shorter winters, catastrophic floods and wildfires, and continued air air pollution. Whereas Colorado continues to steer on combating local weather change regardless of the Trump Administration’s harmful rollbacks of environmental protections that Senator Gardner has supported, we should do extra. My local weather plan requires transferring away from carbon emissions and making fracking out of date within the transition to a 100% renewable power financial system with net-zero emissions.

What, if something, ought to the federal authorities do to enhance the financial system?
We face the financial disaster of our technology as a result of the President, enabled by Senator Gardner, didn’t take the risk posed by COVID-19 severely. To deal with our financial disaster, we have to present further monetary aid in order that the state and native governments, faculty programs, hospitals, and small companies which were overwhelmed by this pandemic can start to rebuild. These aren’t new concepts and but for 4 months, Cory Gardner has let mud collect on a invoice to offer aid to the households and small companies that want it most.
Do you help additional federal restrictions on firearms? If that’s the case, which restrictions?
The epidemic of gun violence is a deeply private problem for me. As Governor, after the tragic mass capturing on the Aurora movie show, I took on the gun foyer and signed into regulation landmark reforms on gun security that required background checks for gun gross sales and banned high-capacity magazines. Washington has didn’t act on these points for years as a result of Senators like Cory Gardner are within the pocket of the gun foyer. As your Senator, I’d battle passionately and tirelessly for a variety of common sense gun violence prevention insurance policies together with common background checks.

Raymon Anthony Doane, Daniel Doyle and Stephan “Seku” Evans haven’t returned the questionnaire.

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