Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck is campaigning for a U.S. Senate seat, and he made a visit to Craig on Friday afternoon.
It was an opportunity for voters to get to know Buck and see his stance on national issues that could affect Northwest Colorado.
Buck will be challenging U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) in the 2014 election. He was direct about his feelings toward his opponent.
“He is running from his record. I’m running for his seat,” Buck said.
About a dozen Moffat County residents attended the event and had plenty of questions for the candidate.
Moffat County Chairwoman of the Republican Committee, Brandi Meek, asked Buck about his stance on possible Environmental Protection Agency regulations on traditional energy.
“That directly impacts us greatly,” she said.
It should be the nation’s objective to become energy independent, Buck said.
“We have a real possibility — because of fracking, because of other great things happening (like) ethanol — to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Buck said. “It’s really important to produce all our energy here so those folks don’t have planes to run into our buildings.”
It’s important to offer energy options to consumers, he said.
“I am in favor of all sources of energy — and coal. It keeps the lights on,” Buck said.
Buck assured that could help keep energy costs reasonable.
“I mean, it’s cold outside. You want to wake up in the morning and turn on that thermostat,” he said.
Craig resident Pam Foster asked Buck about his stance on social issues.
“I have real concerns over the Republicans as a whole and their stands on social issues,” she said.
Buck quickly summed up that he personally was pro-life and against same-sex marriage, but that his power to work on those social issues could be limited because of his position as a U.S. Senator.
“I think marriage is almost exclusively a state issue,” he said, but because Roe v. Wade was decided in the Supreme Court, he thought abortion issues could be regulated at a federal level.
He also took a minute to discuss the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
“Not one Republican voted for Obamacare. It passed in a thoroughly corrupt way,” he said. “We should not have a federal government decide who should get what health care at what cost.”
Buck said he was happy to get a chance to pass through Craig. He went to the KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive, and said he was pleased to see the giving spirit in action in rural America.
“It’s so heartwarming to see people who are compassionate and giving,” he said.
Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.