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Tea Party favorite Ken Buck is back for a run at U.S. Senate
AP ^ | February 3, 2014 at 7:13 am | Nicholas Riccardi

Posted on 02/03/2014 8:02:55 AM PST by SoConPubbie

Edited on 02/03/2014 9:14:42 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

WOODLAND PARK - Ken Buck is watching what he says.

The Republican prosecutor became a symbol for his party's political overreach in 2010, when he beat the establishment pick in a U.S. Senate primary, only to lose to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.


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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: buck; teaparty
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1 posted on 02/03/2014 8:02:55 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie
Ken Buck is watching what he says

All well and good, but when queried about his past statements, is he going to reinforce them or claim he's "evolved" to more "moderate" stances?

2 posted on 02/03/2014 8:05:44 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: SoConPubbie

All Buck will have to do to win is to hammer on Obamacare and Udall’s support for Obama.


3 posted on 02/03/2014 8:13:51 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: ScottinVA

I have no idea. This race is going to be crazy. Udall is a lot weaker than many anticipated him being. He was embroiled in an intimidation scandal in Colorado, his son was taking heroin, and people dislike him because of Obamacare.

Buck was running a mere 3 points behind in the last poll (other challengers all fared worse)

The question is, could that be Buck’s ceiling? Is he really going to bring anyone round to him who’s not there already? Everyone is familiar with him.

It would appear Buck is going to win the primary very convincingly. Whether he defeats Udall or not will have a lot to do with voter turnout.


4 posted on 02/03/2014 8:14:35 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: SoConPubbie
I can't tell you honestly that we can walk in and fire 8,000 employees.

Why not? Private companies do it. They have to.
Are we having a DEA just to keep these people with a paycheck?
They have failed completely in improving education in the USA. The whole department should be closed down.
We have to get away form the notion that government can't fire anyone or we will never get out of the financial hole we're in.

5 posted on 02/03/2014 8:16:17 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: SoConPubbie

Good luck. Colorado is a blue state now.


6 posted on 02/03/2014 8:31:41 AM PST by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: taxcontrol

“All Buck will have to do to win is to hammer on Obamacare and Udall’s support for Obama.”

That did not wrok 4 years ago. If he couldnt win then he should step down.


7 posted on 02/03/2014 8:33:02 AM PST by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing Corksucker.)
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To: SoConPubbie

ken buck is one of the few solid conservatives out there, nationally. i’m praying that we get him and tancredo in this year. they will of course—as in years past—get my unstinting support again this year.


8 posted on 02/03/2014 8:33:16 AM PST by dadfly
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To: Viennacon

“Buck was running a mere 3 points behind in the last poll “

That likely has to do with name recognition. I am not from colorado but I would not take anaother chance on him. When you blow a golden oppurtunity once you should step down and not get in the way next time. Ken Buck is a good man but his time is passed.


9 posted on 02/03/2014 8:36:02 AM PST by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing Corksucker.)
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To: taxcontrol

And Buck can also run big against the anti 2nd Amendment Dems.


10 posted on 02/03/2014 8:38:15 AM PST by Red Steel
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To: SoConPubbie
The cancer issue could come back and haunt him. An extraordinary amount of stress could bring the cancer back. I speak from the POV of a husband whose wife is a survivor and was there when one of the greatest oncologists in the nation (with whom my wife went to school as a child) told her to take it easy on being in high stress situations... forever. She is a teacher like me. She retired from the public schools and went to work at a Charter School (before the cancer) and I thank God for that, because they loved her so much they were able to help her through the illness by giving her time off and giving her top level health insurance. She is still in a stressful job but it's nothing like I have to cope with still being in the 4th largest public school district in the nation. But if folks start raising the political viability based on a potential disease recurrence, it could bite him. He wouldn't be the first to succumb to that potential health issue.
11 posted on 02/03/2014 8:40:18 AM PST by ExSoldier (Stand up and be counted... OR LINE UP AND BE NUMBERED...)
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To: SoConPubbie

Oh,Lord, anyone but Buck! That man is an idiot. He snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by constantly sticking BOTH size 12 cowboy boots in his mouth. The Buck mouth-boot connection was magnetic: as soon as someone would yank the boots out, why they’d fly right back into his mouth like neither were attached to his brain, the mouth of course DEFINITELY NOT being attached to his brain.

The fool would NOT stay on message (assuming he even knew what that meant). Instead of giving five or six pat answers to every question no matter what the question like Scott Brown did in Massachusetts, Buck thought he was smart enough to play the reporter’s gottcha game and got clobbered, because guess what, Buck ain’t all that smart.

I gave the guy a $1000.00 because it was such a sure win. But he blew it. SURELY the GOP can come up with a better person than Buck to beat Udall.


12 posted on 02/03/2014 8:42:04 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: amnestynone

“When you blow a golden opportunity once you should step down and not get in the way next time.”

It is extremely lucky that President Ronald Reagan did not have your attitude. If that were the case he would never have been elected. He ran for the republicans nomination and did not win that nomination until his third try.


13 posted on 02/03/2014 9:36:08 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: tips up

The GOP should give away Free Pot on Election Day, thus insuring
the Potheads will enjoy their smoke and not show up at the polls.


14 posted on 02/03/2014 10:21:08 AM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Nice point.
Maybe Buck CAN learn from his mistakes.

Dems may not be pushovers in November but they will sure as heck be easier to beat with pure-dem nobamacare hung around their necks.


15 posted on 02/03/2014 10:54:59 AM PST by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Good news. Bob


16 posted on 02/03/2014 11:20:03 AM PST by alstewartfan (Every heart is a lonely hunter when she walks by. Al Stewart)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

It is extremely lucky that President Ronald Reagan did not have your attitude. If that were the case he would never have been elected. He ran for the republicans nomination and did not win that nomination until his third try.


Reagan did not lose to an appointed, unpopular RAT lightweight in a Republican wave election where the RATs were blown out in most other states.

I caught him on Meet The Press and the guy is an idiot. He got asked something like, “what do you want to do with your life?” and his answer was to play more golf. Bennett said something sincere and earnest sounding like improve humanity.

Maybe Buck was making a joke but that was not the time or place.


17 posted on 02/03/2014 12:04:52 PM PST by fifedom
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To: taxcontrol

“All Buck will have to do to win is to hammer on Obamacare and Udall’s support for Obama.”


Didn’t work for him in 2010.

Buck was a terrible candidate for statewide office in 2010—he probably would have coasted to victory in his congressional district (where the Democrat incumbent was a dead woman walking), but he insisted on running for the Senate and pulled defeat from the jaws of victory (Jane Norton would have won by like 5%-8%). I hope that he’s improved as a candidate and won’t lose another winnable Senate race for us; the primary field is so underwhelming right now that Buck might win the nomination despite most CO Republicans having reservations about him.


18 posted on 02/03/2014 3:36:57 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Ronald Reagan never blew a general election that was in the bag; but had he somehow managed to lose to Jimmy Freaking Carter in 1980 ... yeah, maybe he should have thought twice before running again.

(As for President Reagan winning in his “third try,” come on now! His name was floated as a dark-horse candidate in the 1968 RNC, but he didn’t run in primaries or anything; the first time he actually *ran* for president was in 1976 against Ford.)


19 posted on 02/03/2014 3:40:57 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

“As for President Reagan winning in his “third try,” come on now! His name was floated as a dark-horse candidate in the 1968 RNC,”

Wow! I wonder who ‘floated’ his name?


20 posted on 02/03/2014 3:50:30 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Sure glad Abe Lincoln didn’t listen to similar sage advice.


21 posted on 02/03/2014 4:16:44 PM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: SoConPubbie

Was Ken Coors unavailable ? Here’s another race for Buck to blow.


22 posted on 02/03/2014 4:57:33 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: ScottinVA

Buck is a bad choice....he has no self-discipline, does not comprehend the concept of “messaging” and with his severe cancer, probably will not live out his first term (which will last until January 2021).

I’d rather re-run Ryan Frazier.


23 posted on 02/03/2014 4:57:34 PM PST by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Did he file to run in any primary in 1968? No.


24 posted on 02/03/2014 5:08:49 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: taxcontrol

Perfect. Stay on target and just keep hitting it.


25 posted on 02/03/2014 7:47:20 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Red Steel

Correct, that’s another safe topic in CO.


26 posted on 02/03/2014 7:48:54 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: fifedom

Conservatives lost in states where Romney won. Too many were not ready for prime time. If you or someone you know is thinking of running for office start here:

http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/


27 posted on 02/03/2014 7:53:16 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

“Did he file to run in any primary in 1968? No.”

Sometimes there are people who have to be right, 100% of the time.....even when they know they are wrong. ;-)


28 posted on 02/03/2014 9:06:34 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: cookcounty

Isn’t Frazier pro-abortion or pro-same-sex-marriage or something like that? We need a candidate that can hold the entire GOP coalition together—if we don’t get a huge turnout from social conservatives we can’t win statewide in CO.

Frazier might not be a bad candidate for Perlmutter’s CO-07, though, since it’s less socially conservative than the state as a whole and we may need to think outside the box to win there under the new lines.


29 posted on 02/03/2014 10:04:07 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Yeah, I know, those people are terrible. Some even go as far as to change the definition of words in an attempt to maintain that they are correct.


30 posted on 02/03/2014 10:09:43 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: ScottinVA
Yes, Buck failed when victory was almost guaranteed.

We need to find a better Tea Party candidate for this race.

31 posted on 02/04/2014 7:43:38 AM PST by TitansAFC ("I'm not much different from A.Cuomo.I probably agree with him on 98% of the issues." - Gov Christie)
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To: catnipman

“I gave the guy a $1000.00 because it was such a sure win. But he blew it.”

For some reasons, our candidates are really good at this. Go back to the 2012 cycle and there was Richard Mourdock in Indiana and Todd Akin in Missouri.

Both of them simply had to keep their mouths shut and stay to the script - but they couldn’t or wouldn’t. We pretty much had both of these seats nailed down before each of them opened their mouths.

I gave money to Mourdock too.


32 posted on 02/04/2014 8:34:27 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: TitansAFC

Yes, that is true.

That’s what caused us problems in 2010 and 2012... TEA Party candidates wandering off message. They tend to have a penchant for shooting from the hip.


33 posted on 02/04/2014 9:18:32 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; SoConPubbie; cookcounty; Impy
We can do better than Ken Buck. The GOP establishment LOVES to slap us around by citing this guy as example of conservative insurgents being "too extreme", rather than the fact that Buck lost because he flapped his gums without thinking.

There are numerous other credible Republicans seeking to challenge Udall. Owen Hill or Amy Stephens might be a good choice. Conservatives need to pick one and get behind them. Buck doesn't deserve another chance after he screwed up a winnable race.

34 posted on 02/04/2014 1:22:43 PM PST by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

“He ran for the republicans nomination and did not win that nomination until his third try.” He mae a good run for it and as such deserved it. Buck did not and does not. He blew
a golden oppurtunity that should of been won.


35 posted on 02/04/2014 2:20:00 PM PST by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing Corksucker.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Not so fast, Kemo Sabe.

If Boner and Yertle the Turtle manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory this election by pushing the "immigration reform" that the amnesty scumbags Gutierrez, Schumer, Dear Leader, and the entire Demoncrat Party, GOP-e, and the Chamber of Commerce Horrors like, the Senate maybe ain't goin' nowhere except back to Hairy Reid's clutches. The GOP base is apt to stay home and let the entire Stupid Party ship sink so they can continue to play the part of the abused girl friend.

Frankly, they will deserve it but we won't.

36 posted on 02/04/2014 4:37:12 PM PST by Gritty (Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out! - David Horowitz)
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To: amnestynone

“He ran for the republicans nomination and did not win that nomination until his third try.”

“He made a good run for it and as such deserved it. Buck did not and does not. He blew a golden oppurtunity that should have been won.”

I was not trying to be a history buff or look down upon anyone.

My point was that just because someone loses on his first try then he should not necessarily drop-out forever. The way the poster worded his post is that anyone who loses on the first try should simply give up.....or at least that is the way I read it.

Sorry for the confusion. ;-)


37 posted on 02/04/2014 5:10:13 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Did the low information voters understand Obamacare in 2010?

There is also the gun control issue.


38 posted on 02/04/2014 8:08:22 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: catnipman

You are so right. He may have won in 2010 had he not taken David Gregory’s bait about whether homosexuality is a choice. But he wasn’t bright enough to turn the question into an opportunity to go after the Democrats by saying “David, this isn’t what the voters of Colorado are voting on in November or what they’re concerned with. They’re worried about keeping their jobs if they have one, or finding one if they don’t. Coloradans are worried about what will become of their healthcare under Obamacare and their kids having to pick up the tab for this and so much other wasteful deficit spending coming out of the Obama White House and Pelosi/Reid Congress. These are the things that are driving Coloradans, not speculation about homosexuality.” Had he said that it would have been a slam dunk and he’d probably have won. That he wasn’t smart enough to know how to handle the media and how to not fall prey to their snares tells me he’s not ready for prime time—then or now. The fact is, much like where I live in California, Colorado has no decent GOP candidates. Sad.


39 posted on 02/05/2014 2:06:22 PM PST by MissesBush (The Fourth Estate has Become a Fifth Column)
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