Bennet vs Buck, Southern Colorado Candidate Debate for U.S. Senate

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email

Two men, incumbent Michael Bennet (D) and Ken Buck (R) went toe-to-toe in a debate Thursday night in a bid for a U.S. Senate seat.

The debate, which lasted an hour, was held at Centennial High School in Pueblo. It may have started off amicably, with Buck admonishing some of his supporters by asking them not to laugh at or ridicule his opponent while he spoke, but by the end of it both men were taking shots at each other.

The questions asked during the debate touched on areas such as health care reform, the war in Afghanistan, securing our countries southern border, job creation, the economy, and several others.

There were no surprises, as both men answered the questions as they were expected too. A few times, Bennet even conceded that Buck was correct in making a statement.

Buck likewise vilified Republican supporters for using misinformation in advertisements targeting Bennet, while Congress was in the process of trying to pass health care reform. However, with the next breath he did accuse Bennet of doing the same thing to him during this campaign.

While Buck used Bennet's voting record against him, Bennet used comments Buck has made during his campaign to his favor.

Both men sided with farmers over whether or not to expand the Army's presence in Pinon Canyon, and both thanked our military personnel for the sacrifices they have made overseas.

When asked, "What would you do in Congress to create jobs and turn the economy around," both men said the key would be small businesses. Buck said, "As a leader in Washington DC I would do everything that I can to make sure that our small business people have a lower tax burden. That those small business people know that we aren't going to pass cap and trade, and cause their energy bills to go up. That we aren't going to let regulators legislate in administrative settings rather than to have the United State Congress legislating. That we are going to give our small businesses the kind of stability that they need." To which Bennet fired back by saying, "Two weeks ago, I voted to cut taxes on small businesses in this country by $12 billion. And that bill was opposed by my opponent in this race."

To give you a taste of the debate, I've attached video files of responses from both candidates to three questions. The questions are:

1. RE: Health care legislation: would you keep it as it is, change it, or repeal it?

2. RE: The war in Afghanistan: Do you think the current U.S. strategy is making progress, do you support a greater military effort there, or the withdrawal of American troops?

3. How would you make Social Security and Medicare solvent over the long haul?


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  • by John Location: John H Kennedy Denver CO on Oct 8, 2010 at 02:11 PM
    Obama endorsed Bennet prior to our Caucus, County Assemblies or Primary vote. Obama directly raised Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars for Bennet in Denver. Obama Personally Campaigned for Bennet in Colorado and elsewhere. Obama caused 460,000 Robo-Calls to be placed to CO Dems with his endorsement. Obama Joined a 20,000 telephone conference call to CO Dems with his endorsement. Obama caused thousands of Telemarketing Calls to be made to CO Dems From Washington DC, just prior to the Primary on Aug. 10. Our State Party leaders allowed OFA to officially organize for Bennet and do it out of the State Party offices. The DNC and DSCC gave all their Colorado Senate race money to Bennet, thus financially handicapping Romanoff and removing him from prime individual donor lists and preferential media treatment, A huge "Breach Of Trust" With Rank & File Colorado Dems. Send a message that we will not tolerate the THEFT of our Primary. WRITE IN "Romanoff" or leave the space "BLANK"
  • by cspnat Location: colo sprs on Oct 8, 2010 at 07:38 AM
    I'm mad at Benett, but Buck scares the heck out of me! Put a Nazi uniform on him and he looks like he'd be right at home as an Gestapo officer. He and other Tea partiers if elected are going give themselves tax breaks and put the screws to the middle class. Middle Class America is becoming a myth. I'd rather give Benett my vote than to give it to someone who seems hell bent on doing what's best for him.
  • by Marsha Location: Colorado Springs on Oct 8, 2010 at 06:32 AM
    Which of these two undesirables do we want to vote to misrepresent us this time?
  • by Mayor Ryan on Oct 8, 2010 at 12:25 AM
    1. Repeal it. 2. No. No. Withdraw. 3. Stop laundering money from it to pay for other debt.
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