Salazar campaigns in Craig

Democrat tackles hot-button issues such as war on terrorism, drugs

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With Election Day just more than a week away, U.S. Senate candidate Ken Salazar made time between his visit to the Moffat County Courthouse for the domestic violence vigil and his next stop in Meeker on Saturday evening to address some of the issues of his campaign.

War on terrorism

"I think we need to win the war on terror," he said. "We need to be smarter in Iraq."

He recommended a number of steps to do this, including stabilizing Iraq, developing specific strategies for dealing with North Korea and Iraq and identifying terrorist organizations.

He said the government needs to reorganize the Department of Homeland Security and work with local and state law enforcement officers, training them to protect residents against terrorist action in the United States.

"Washington has not acted with a sense of urgency," Salazar said.

Environment

"I think my motto says a lot: 'Fighting for Colorado's land, water and people,'" he said.

He said his record has not warranted the attacks from his opponent, Pete Coors. Including a number of programs he has supported, Salazar said he has protected Colorado's lands.

"For me to be attacked in one of my areas of greatest strengths, I think should show the falsity of the attacks against me."

Water

"I think the United States Senate needs an expert on water law," he said. "Having someone in the U.S. Senate who can defend Colorado's water issues is essential. My opponent has zero knowledge and zero experience dealing with water."

To solve Colorado's drought problems, Salazar recommends better conservation methods and the creation of more dams and reservoirs. He mentioned his support of the expansion of Elkhead Reservoir, and said he wanted to find new sites for development.

"I think there's always room for conservation," he added.

Energy development

"Input of local residents is very important, " he said.

Salazar said he supports the coal industry, and believes clean coal in Moffat County and Northwest Colorado should be developed.

"I think energy development on federal lands is a good thing," he said. "I am also sensitive to environmental issues around that development."

He said surface owners should have more input into mineral exploration and development while defending private property rights.

Partisan control of the Senate

"I push in my campaign the voice I will be for Colorado. I'm going to work across the aisle with whoever tends to be in the majority."

He said he will work for the best interest of Colorado and also noted a number of Republicans who have publicly supported him.

Methamphetamine

"First we need to get our people to stop getting into drugs and alcohol," Salazar said. "We need to create opportunities for our kids to have after-school programs. Keep our children engaged instead of going down a path of drugs and violence."

He acknowledged that methamphetamine is a major problem in the Western states and thinks the federal government should support the clean up of labs.

Having two Salazars in Congress

He said he thinks having both he and his brother John in Congress would provide a unique opportunity for the people of Colorado because both have such strong backgrounds in agriculture. He said there are too many people in Washington who do not understand agricultural issues.

His visit to Craig

"Every part of Colorado is just as important," he said. "I wanted to visit Moffat County because I've always said the world doesn't start and end in Denver, Colorado."

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