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United States Senator
Mark Udall currently serves the 2nd Congressional District of Colorado — a seat he’s held since 1999 — but this November, he hopes to be elected to fill the U.S. Senate seat left open by Sen. Wayne Allard, a Republican. Udall, the democratic candidate for the seat, is running primarily against Bob Schaffer, a Republican. Also on the ballot is Bob Kinsey for the Green Party and Douglas “Dayhorse” Campbell of the American Constitution Party.
Schaffer represented Colorado’s 4th congressional district from 1997 to 2003, and during that time he voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq war.
During Udall’s term in Congress, he has opposed the war in Iraq and has supported abortion rights, education and government-aided health care. For these reasons, he earns Boulder Weekly’s strong endorsement. Below, is a conversation with Rep. Udall about why he believes he should represent Colorado as a U.S. Senator and where he stands on current issues.
Boulder Weekly: The economy is, obviously, foremost on the minds of Coloradans, but energy and health care are also important issues that the people care deeply about. If elected, how will you deal with these issues in a way that represents your constituents as well as your own ideals?
Mark Udall: I think most Coloradans agree with my approach. After a summer where gas reached $4 a gallon, I think there is tremendous support for ending our dependence on foreign oil and investing in a new green-energy economy. I support a comprehensive energy plan that expands domestic energy development and ends subsidies and tax breaks for oil companies making record profits, in favor of investing in wind, solar and other renewable sources.
I have always believed that health care is a right — not a privilege — and I intend to work for health-care solutions that expand coverage for children and ensure that the American people enjoy the same kind of coverage that members of Congress enjoy.
BW: What other issues do you see as most vital and what would you do about them as a U.S. Senator?
MU: It is difficult to look at any issue these days without seeing it through the lens of our broken economy, Wall Street in disarray and our sky-rocketing budget deficit. We need to rebuild an American economy that works for our families again, providing access to affordable health care, reforming our tax policies to target relief to the middle-class families and small businesses that need it most, restoring fiscal responsibility to our government, and ending a war in Iraq that costs us $2.5 billion every week. I have consistently supported an honorable and responsible withdrawal from Iraq, and a smarter, tougher national-security policy that focuses on completing the mission in Afghanistan and stemming the tide of extremism in Pakistan and Iran. The top issues facing our country, I believe, are all related. Our national security is linked to energy security and both depend on a strong economy.
BW: Why would Coloradans be better represented by you than by your opponent, Bob Schaffer?
MU: There are some very important contrasts in this race. First, I have a record of putting partisanship aside and working for solutions that are best for Colorado. I believe my approach has been effective and is one of the reasons I have been able to pass legislation, even when my party has been in the minority. My opponent has a different reputation. His own hometown paper chided him for not being willing to set aside party politics to get things done in Congress.
We also have very different approaches to fixing the economy. I support tax relief focused on the middle class and small businesses and have a record of cutting taxes for both. My opponent supports a continuation of the same failed economic policies pushed by the Bush Administration. My opponent thinks George Bush’s economic policies have been “fiscally prudent.” I could not disagree more.
I support a responsible and honorable redeployment from Iraq, while my opponent supports an open-ended commitment.
I have authored a comprehensive energy plan that lowers prices for families, expands domestic energy production and makes bold new investments in renewable energy. My opponent refuses to support a comprehensive, bipartisan energy plan because it takes away tax breaks from the record-profit-making oil companies. He puts protecting oil company profits first. I believe the most important priority is a new energy policy for our country that creates jobs, strengthens our national security, and works for Colorado families.
BW: What does a Senate seat enable you to accomplish compared to a seat in the House of Representatives?
MU: I have been honored to represent the Second Congressional District. It is really a slice of all of Colorado in many ways — particularly when you consider the mix of urban, suburban and rural communities on both sides of the Continental Divide. In the Senate, I will have the chance to bring our Western values of common sense, independent thinking and hard work to represent the entire state of Colorado. One person has far greater opportunity to make change and influence public policy in the Senate than in the House of Representatives. All of the challenges we face will require a new way of doing things. And sometimes it won’t be easy.
But it’s not about the Republican answer or the Democratic answer — it’s about finding the right answer for Colorado. That’s always
how I’ve worked in the House of Representatives, and I will be able to bring an even stronger voice for that approach by representing all of Colorado in the Senate.
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