Move to the middle?

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The answer to the question posed by Wednesday’s editorial – “Move to the middle?” – is “NO”.  The Buck-Gardner “switch” substitutes form (Gardner’s “boyish good-looks”) for substance (Buck’s “baggage of churlish campaign rhetoric”), and is not even a baby-step toward “the middle”.

Rather, Gardner is running for the express purpose of depriving Coloradans of access to affordable health insurance and/or health care.  Moreover, as the 4th C.D.’s “Tea Party” Congressman, Gardner has consistently:

•  Been a “foot soldier” in Republicans’ “war on women” by supporting the twice-defeated “personhood” ballot initiative to unconstitutionally outlaw abortion (even in cases of rape and incest) and to ban many forms of contraception;

•  Voted for the “Ryan Budget”, which would “end Medicare as we know it”, privatize Social Security, cut education funding, and give millionaires another $125,000 tax cut;
•  Like the 3rd C.D.’s Scott Tipton, threatened “the full faith and credit” of the U.S.
  —holding our solvency hostage for Social Security, Medicare, or “ObamaCare”    cuts, and causing the largest one-day increase in our national debt in history;

•  Like Tipton, voted 40+ times to repeal, replace, and/or de-fund “ObamaCare” – while failing to support the “American Jobs Act”;

•  Like Tipton, irresponsibly voted to “shut down” the federal government – costing our economy some $28 billion – while denying any responsibility therefor;

•  Opposed federal aid to natural disaster victims—making it harder for Colorado to receive needed flood relief;
•  Opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”—the military’s ban on openly LGBT volunteer-soldiers from serving our Country; and
•  Opposed the “DREAM Act”, which would give young undocumented immigrants brought here illegally as children a “pathway to citizenship”, and instead voted to treat them as criminals and accelerate their deportation.

Clearly, Gardner cannot represent Colorado’s “purple state” values like Mark Udall does.

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