Sunday, October 17, 2010

Colo. Senate hopeful (Ken Buck) stands his ground on 'tea-party' issues

For weeks we have been trying to put all the media hype about the Tea Party including being racist in perspective. It is beginning to look more and more that a lot of the hype is media driven. Individuals belong in what the Tea Party stands for but in most cases are not that organized.

The volunteers working the campaigns as was pointed out earlier are from the grassroots if the Republicans. Sharron Angle comes from that grassroots sitting on her GOP County Committee for 20 years. These are not what the media likes to classified as "Tea Party" candidates. These people like Buck and Angle are longtime Republicans both holding office as Republicans, yet they are counted the Tea Party candidates by the media?

The media has been in a full court press to tie these two people to the Tea Party which tells us there has been polling showing a negative connotation in the general election in some areas.  The media pushes the Tea Party but yet the people volunteering are the long time Republican grassroots which they love to ignore.  We will have more on all of this after the election.  

Colo. Senate hopeful stands his ground on 'tea-party' issuesBy Joseph Weber

The Washington Times
1:11 p.m., Sunday, October 17, 2010

Ken Buck, the Republican candidate for a Colorado U.S. Senate seat, was forced early in a nationally televised debate Sunday to defend criticism that he was abandoning the "tea party" and the outsider stances that helped him win the GOP nomination.

He didn't need to, standing his ground on homosexuality, the war in Afghanistan and other key election issues during a debate with incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Mr. Buck said he believes homosexuality is a choice because "you can choose who your partner is." However, he also acknowledged that sexual preference is determined at birth, "like alcoholism and some other things."

His statement was in sharp contrast to President Obama's comment last week during a town-hall-style meeting.

"I don't think it's a choice," the president said. "I think people are born with a certain makeup."

Mr. Bennet and Mr. Buck, Weld County district attorney, are locked in one of the closest, high-profile Senate races of the midterm elections. A Rasmussen Reports poll last week showed Mr. Buck falling several percentage points but still holding a lead of 47 percent to 45 percent.

The roughly 20-minute debate was remarkably civil, considering the candidates have been attacked by critics for past statements, highlighted in million of dollars worth of negative TV ads.

Both agreed on several issues, including that the tea-party movement is not infiltrated with racist members.

"I haven't seen it in Colorado," said Mr. Buck, who hardly exchanged glances with his rival. "Folks who hold those views are asked to leave."

Said Mr. Bennet, "I haven't see a lot of that, either."

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