Colorado’s U.S. Senate race candidate questions and answers: Sen. Michael Bennet | MyWindsorNow.com

Colorado’s U.S. Senate race candidate questions and answers: Sen. Michael Bennet

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

Bennet

This November Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., seeks re-election to one of Colorado's two seats in the U.S. Senate.

Talking about his campaign, Bennet gave these five answers to questions about his re-election campaign.

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

Bennet — I'm optimistic that we can pass comprehensive immigration reform in the next session of Congress. I worked to write the immigration bill that passed the Senate in 2013, with input from farmers and ranchers in Weld County and other groups across the state. It included both a pathway to citizenship to help millions come out of the shadows, as well as measures to strengthen border security and boost our economy. But obstructionists in the House of Representatives blocked it from coming to a vote. I'll keep pushing until real immigration reform becomes law.

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?

Bennet — Colorado's agriculture and food industry generates more than $40 billion a year. I had more than 20 listening sessions with farmers and ranchers to help write the 2014 Farm Bill, which cut red tape and helped our agriculture industry thrive. I also successfully pushed back on the Obama administration when they proposed a rule on spent grain that would have hurt Colorado ranchers and brewers. And I've worked across the aisle with Sen. Gardner to reform outdated tax provisions hindering investment in water and irrigation structure. I'll continue to advocate for Colorado's agriculture economy by working for programs and incentives that will help farmers and reduce the red tape and regulation that is holding our industries back.

Recommended Stories For You

Greeley Tribune — A lot of voters have questions about your support of the Iran nuclear deal. How do you feel about that vote now?

Bennet — The only question I ask myself when it comes to national security is whether something will make us safer, not whether it will get me re-elected. I wrote a lot of the sanctions against Iran, many of them against the wishes of the president, and supported the strongest sanctions possible so we could bring Iran to the table and negotiate a deal. Before we passed the deal, Iran had enough nuclear material to make 10 bombs in two to three months. Now they don't have enough to make one, and we've permanently disabled their plutonium reactor. We have to continue to be vigilant, which is why I've proposed legislation that would track Iran's finances and swiftly reimpose sanctions if Iran cheats on the deal.

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

Bennet — I support a balanced energy approach for our state. It's important that we support Colorado's diverse energy economy, including both the renewable and traditional energy industries. I fought to extend wind and solar tax credits for Colorado's clean energy industry, which supports thousands of jobs. I also helped lift the export ban on crude oil, and I passed bipartisan legislation to put liquefied natural gas on equal footing with diesel. We need to be sensible—moving toward energy independence, while making sure no one gets left behind in Colorado's economy.

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

Bennet — I have a long record of working with anyone — Democrat or Republican — to get results for Colorado. I'm focused on collaborating to get results, but my opponent would rather be a partisan obstructionist. I have and would continue to cut through Washington dysfunction to help our state. But my opponent can't think of a single Democrat with whom he'd work and has said that by running against Democrats, he's running against "evil." He would only add to Washington's frustrating and irresponsible gridlock. I'm asking for your vote because Colorado needs someone who will work with anyone to get things done, and that's the approach I've taken.

About Sen. Michael Bennet

A former school superintendent with Denver Public Schools and businessman, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2009.

In 2010 the Democratic politician won re-election to the U.S. Senate where he has served on a number of committees including Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Finance; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.