Bennet: Answers lie in civil debate

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet made a whirlwind stop in Grand Junction on Saturday to open a campaign office in town that he never actually saw.

That’s because the Democrat was running late in completing his “Fighting for Colorado’s Future” 11-stop tour that took him from Fort Collins to Pueblo to here over the past few days before catching a plane back to Denver.

“We have created no net new jobs in the United States since 1998,” Bennet told a gathering of 60 supporters in Sherwood Park. “Household wealth is the same at the end of the decade as it was at the beginning. That’s never been true since we started measuring that after World War II. We haven’t maintained the assets that our parents and our grandparents built for us, much less built the infrastructure we need to compete in the 21st Century.”

Bennet talked about the economy, jobs, energy and health care.

The senator, who was appointed to the position last year and is running for it against former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the Aug. 10 Democratic Party primary, said many of the issues facing the state and nation will be solved, but not until everyone is willing to discuss them in a civil manner.

He said during a campaign stop in Montrose earlier in the day, someone referred to him as a “Marxist.”

“I said, ‘You’ve got to take care with the language that you use because it makes it really hard to have a conversation,’ ” Bennet said.

“I drove here on a road that somebody else built for my benefit. I was educated as all of you were educated because somebody else cared enough to attend to it.”

“They weren’t Marxists or Bolsheviks. They were the greatest generation in American history.”

Bennet’s new office is located at 2692 U.S. Highway 50.

Though Romanoff hasn’t opened an office in town, campaign material for him can be obtained at the new office for the Mesa County Democratic Party, which also opened Saturday.

That new office, at 448 Main St., featured Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, who is running against Colorado Attorney General John Suthers for that seat, and Democrat Claudette Konola, who is running against Rep. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, for Senate District 7.

The Republican Party is expected to open a campaign office of its own soon in the downtown area.


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