Colorado Dems praise speech for its honesty

President Obama won praise from the Colorado congressional delegation after the president’s first speech to a joint session of Congress.

Obama had “the courage to tell the people the hard truth about the economy,” U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., said. “While that may have been a tough pill to swallow, it is the strong medicine we need to heal this economy, and it shows his respect for our ability to take it.”

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said Obama provided a “sobering and honest assessment” of the nation’s economy.

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., said Obama “conveyed a compelling vision for our nation” and said the “current path is unsustainable and the consequences of inaction are unthinkable.”

Bennet was appointed last month to replace Ken Salazar, who joined Obama’s cabinet as interior secretary.

Udall cited Obama’s pledge to restore long-term fiscal responsibility to the federal budget and emphasized the importance of so-called “green-collar” jobs to the recovery.

“The accounting gimmicks that have been used in the past to mask budget deficits won’t improve our situation,” Udall said. “What is needed is a new era of transparency, and I applaud President Obama for leading this effort.”

John Salazar, whose district includes most of the Western Slope, cited Obama’s pledge to reduce the deficit and introduce more accountability in government spending.

The current crisis, Bennet said, is “ the inevitable undoing of decades of irresponsibility and unsustainable policies and practices that placed short-term gain over long-term prosperity.”


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