Opinion: Progress made by Republicals at Club 20 debate
Special to the Free Press
Once again, Club 20 Debates were anxiously awaited and executed with precision.
Each candidate had an opening statement, followed by a panel asking two questions.
There is always discussion about the “cross examination” by each candidate at the end. Questions and interruptions fly.
The Democrat theme from each of the state races was: The economy and problems in Mesa County are because of the Republican leadership in Denver. This seems an interesting observation, since the legislature is controlled by Democrats, not the Republican delegation of which Mesa County is only a part.
Claudette Konola challenged Ray Scott for thinking his legislative session had any success since none of his bills passed. Again, Democrat control stopped the jobs bills. However, some of us consider it a victory when we have representatives willing to put forth ideas that would work to improve the economy and jobs here.
From long time business owner Dan Thurlow, we heard how regulation is hurting small business in start up and operations. Yeulin Willett, who spent his career defending business from frivolous lawsuits, agreed that regulation is out of control and harmful to the business climate in Colorado.
Debate for the governor candidates brought Bob Beauprez forward as a leader. He answered decisively on every issue. Beauprez stated that a time comes when Colorado faces important issues, to move forward — not appoint another “Blue Ribbon Panel” to study the issues once more.
Most lively was the debate for U.S. Senate. Senator Udall found himself confronted a number of times with voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time. He disclaimed this inclusive vote — though the record shows he voted with the president on 107 votes out of 108. Cory Gardner held his own, with his usual energy.
By the last debate between Representative Tipton and Mr. Tapia, the crowd had scattered. Tipton did an excellent job in knowing the issues and presenting his work in Washington. Mr. Tapia knew his district and leaned on wanting more bi-partisanship.
Bi-partisanship was a theme for all Democrats, expounding on gridlock and not working together. Tipton said the idea of avoiding gridlock is for Democrats to write the bills and Republicans to pass them. Tipton went on to enumerate the 300-plus bills that are stacked at the doors of the Senate which Harry Reid does not allow to committee or to be voted on.
Don Suppes, in his debate, also heard about “working across the aisle.” His response was that when you get to Denver each party has a “caucus” and that is mostly how you vote. Thus, it helps to know what you believe before you get to Denver since you will be voting with your caucus. Bi-partisanship usually ends the day after the election.
Lois Dunn is a real estate broker, life-long Republican and chairman of the Mesa County Republican Party.
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