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Sen. Cory Gardner speaks about unity, Trump at Rotary Club meeting

Katarina Velazquez
kvelazquez@greeleytribune.com

Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner talks to rotarians Thursday at the Greeley Country Club, 4500 10th St.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner spoke to a room full of Rotary Club members Thursday about President-elect Donald Trump, emphasizing the unity and support he will need from the Republicans and Democrats alike to be successful in his presidency.

"What the American people did is send a very clear message to Washington," he said. "They want something different. They want a change, and we have a limited window in this country to create greater opportunity — to grow the chances of success in this country. Because over the last eight years, the 'have-nots' have less, and the 'haves' have more."

Gardner was the guest speaker at the Centennial Rotary Club meeting, which took place at the Greeley Country Club, 4500 10th St. The Republican from Colorado publicly supported Trump in August, but he withdrew that support in October after the release of a 2005 video that showed the then-GOP presidential nominee making vulgar comments about women.

Despite that lack of support, Gardner emphasized Americans need to come together for the U.S. to thrive in upcoming years — Trump supporter or not. He said everyone — the House, the Senate, politicians, local governments, churches, schools — need to overcome the results, whether they liked them or not, and work together to find common ground and bipartisan solutions.

"We can't go another eight years of division," he said. "So, let's solve these big problems."

He said the speech Trump gave after clinching the nomination showed the Republican-elect in a different, more poised light. If Trump can be the same person who he was on that night on that stage throughout his presidency, Democrats and Republicans alike can feel excited for the next four years, he said.

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"This is our president that we have to make sure has a successful tenure," he said, "because it is on us — the people of this country who bear the consequence of that success or failure."

Gardner also gave an update on some priorities he has in the Senate for the upcoming year, such as repealing Obamacare, ending the "war on coal" and helping small businesses thrive again.

What’s next for Gardner?

Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is poised to become the next chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to a report Wednesday from Politico. Colorado Republicans confirmed this report, and that Gardner was well-positioned to become chairman during a vote next week for the spot.

For more information on the U.S. senator, go to http://www.gardner.senate.gov/.