BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
Former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley came to AMG Bank in Greenwood Village on August 19 to speak to a group of 200 of the party faithful, most of whom were women, about why they should work hard to get incumbent Senator Cory Gardner re-elected in 2020.
Haley opened by telling the crowd that Gardner “understands the foreign threats that are out there, in North Korea, in Syria.” Gardner sits on the Foreign Relations Committee. She went on, “As a member of the Senate’s Business Committee, he understands what it means to regulate but not over-regulate.” His membership, she pointed out, on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is very important to Colorado. She continued, “If we don’t fight for Cory, we will start to see all the regulations come back, the Green New Deal, and Medicare for all. We will lose our private health insurance. We will see the tax cuts (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017) taken back.”
Haley said she is often asked to speak for elected officials but doesn’t always say yes. She said, “I believe in Cory Gardner and I don’t want to see the Republicans lose the Senate.” She described the current condition in the nation’s capital as, “It has never been as toxic as it is in DC right now. Cory Gardner has been named one of the most effective bipartisan senators.’
Gardner added, “The only way to find solutions is to find common ground to accomplish goals,” reminding the audience that he was rated the fifth most bi-partisan senator (in the most recent ratings released by the Lugar Center).
He talked about the bill he co-sponsored in June with Democratic Sen. Ed Markey to pressure North Korea to end human rights violations and to denuclearize.
Haley talked about Gardner’s influence with the White House, saying, “The President respects Cory Gardner.” Gardner added, “That’s why I believe we’re going to get Space Command in Colorado.”
Returning to his small-town roots (Gardner hails from Yuma, Colorado), the senator talked about his experience as he looked around the metro area, noting, “It looks like the new state bird ought to be the “construction crane,” but not in towns like Craig, Lamar, Holyoke, and Delta. We need to fight for all four corners of our state.” Gardner talked about how he worked to get the Bureau of Land Management to relocate its headquarters to Grand Junction, CO.
Democrats hoping to challenge Gardner for his senate seat in 2020 include former state Sen. Mike Johnston, former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, former U.S. Ambassador Dan Baer, former U.S. Attorney John Walsh, and state Sen. Angela Davis. Former Governor John Hickenlooper is presumed to be interested in joining the group, but he has not declared his intentions since dropping out of the presidential sweepstakes on August 15.
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