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Colorado’s U.S. Senate race candidate questions and answers: Darryl Glenn

James Redmond
jredmond@greeleytribune.com

Darryl Glenn, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Colorado, speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Editor's note: This is the second of three question-and-answer format stories about the race for one of Colorado's two seats in the U.S. Senate. For more coverage of this year's election, go to http://www.greeleytribune.com/elections.

This November, Republican U.S. Senate nominee Darryl Glenn seeks election to one of Colorado's two seats in the U.S. Senate. He is seeking to oust incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet.

Talking about his campaign, Glenn gave these five answers to questions about his campaign:

Greeley Tribune — For a number of reasons, immigration reform is important to Weld County voters. If you're elected, what can voters expect from you in the debate about immigration reform?

Glenn — … The first duty of government is national security and you cannot have national security until you know who is coming into and out of your country. We must secure the border and enforce existing laws that govern our immigration policy.

… Our legal immigration system is broken. We have thousands of people around the world who have been patiently waiting for years to enter this country — those who would be exemplary citizens. I fully support a policy of legal immigration that brings to our nation those that will enrich the fabric of our country while respecting the rule of law.

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Greeley Tribune — Farmers and ranchers face a lot of challenges. If you win in November, what will you do from Washington to support rural America?

Glenn — … Rural Colorado has been hit hard by Obamacare. However, residents in rural counties now face even more challenges in accessing health care. I've heard firsthand from Coloradans who have to drive two hours to see a doctor — even in the winter — because their new plans no longer cover providers closer to them. That's just wrong; we must address these issues and fix this broken system.

Regarding the public lands that our farmers and ranchers utilize … federal multiple-use directives for public lands are key to the survival of many communities and to the long-term economic well-being of rural Colorado… It's critical that access to these lands through public lands multiple use platform continues so we can provide economic opportunity to the communities in which these lands are located…

Greeley Tribune — You've taken some criticism in the race for being unwilling to compromise with Democrats. What do you say to those who accuse you of being unwilling to work across the aisle?

Glenn — … I'll put principles over party because while the Republican Party has traditionally been considered the party of fiscal conservatism; recent history has demonstrated a mixed track record. I will break from party leadership anytime the principles of fiscal conservatism are challenged.

Greeley Tribune — What kind of energy policy does the United States need to meet the challenges of the 21st century?

Glenn — The federal government shouldn't be picking winners and losers in the energy game; the market will dictate demand. Colorado has always been a leader when it comes to safe and responsible oil and gas development. This has contributed to lower gas prices around the country … and lessened our dependence on foreign oil, making our country safer. This has been in no small part because of hydraulic fracking and increased usage of natural gas here in our state.

When the federal government dictates energy policy, we get policies such as the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which has had a disastrous and overreaching nature as evidenced by the court battles that have ensued …

Greeley Tribune — What do you think best illustrates to voters the difference between you and Bennet?

Glenn — … As a veteran, I understand the threat posed by ISIS, and I will fight to keep our nation safe. I will be a champion for the middle class and make sure there are a diverse array of educational opportunities for all our children. I will restore fiscal sanity to Washington by working to balance budgets, reduce waste, and refuse to take on additional government entitlements. I will prioritize care for our veterans and ensure our brave men and women currently serving in uniform are properly trained, equipped and compensated. And I will use common sense that has become far too uncommon in Washington to pass legislation that benefits Coloradans.

— Editor's note: Glenn's answers were edited to length in order to fit the format of this article.

About Darryl Glenn

A retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, lawyer, politician and small business owner, Darryl Glenn is currently serving his second term as an El Paso County Colorado commissioner.

Glenn served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years of combined active and reserve duty. He was elected to the Colorado Springs City Council in 2003 and resigned in 2010 after he was elected as District 1 county commissioner in El Paso County. He was re-elected as commissioner in 2014.

An avid fitness enthusiast, Glenn was a three-time national collegiate powerlifting champion.