DENVER (AP) Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., used the Shattuck Superfund cleanup site as a backdrop Monday as he continued his tour of the state to announce his bid for a second term in the Senate.
Allard, who also has served in the state Legislature and the U.S. House, helped residents around the site south of downtown Denver fight the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to leave radioactive waste buried on the site. The agency last year reversed that decision, and the waste is to be removed to a storage site outside Colorado.
''It was common people coming together with a just cause and because of that, we were able to make a huge difference in the lives of residents of Overland Park,'' Allard said.
Allard is likely to face his 1996 opponent, Democrat Tom Strickland, a former U.S. attorney who narrowly lost to Allard.
He said he expected both national parties to pay a lot of attention to the race, as well as others in relatively small states, as Democrats struggle to maintain a razor-thin margin of control in the Senate.
''We're talking about control of the Senate and these campaigns are about more than just who's going to represent Colorado in the Senate,'' he said.
Allard, 58, a veterinarian, said he hoped during the campaign to concentrate on his accomplishments. During the 1996 campaign, Allard painted Strickland as a ''lawyer-lobbyist'' who made millions representing influential clients.
Allard highlighted several issues he said would shape the race: national security, restoration of economic prosperity, protecting Social Security and Medicare and improving education.
He acknowledged that the Sept. 11 terror attacks have changed agendas and the political landscape around the country.
''Following that tragic day, the ordinary men and women who serve in the United States Congress became agents of change,'' he said. ''They quickly moved our nation to the bipartisan footing necessary for our president to pursue war against terrorism around the world. And they acted to begin immediate repair of the damage to our families and our jobs here at home.
''But there is still much to be done,'' Allard said.
He was scheduled to continue his tour of the state with stops in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and La Junta later Monday. Tuesday, stops were scheduled at points farther south and west, with the tour swinging north and back to the Eastern Plains to end Friday in Sterling.
On the Net:
Allard's campaign: http://www.allardforsenate.com
Strickland's campaign: http://www.stricklandforcolorado.com