Campaign 2010

Jul 20, 2010

Cory Gardner Talking Out of Both Sides of His Mouth on Return to Bush Economic Agenda

Why does Cory Gardner continue to talk out of both sides of his mouth?

Gardner laid the blame for the problems we’re facing today right at the feet of Republicans, even arguing the Republican Party hasn’t "come up with solutions" to our greatest challenges.

But, at the same time, Gardner’s an NRCC-supported candidate whose chairman, Pete Sessions, said on Sunday that Republicans want to go back to the "exact same" economic agenda that Bush pursued – the very agenda Gardner blamed for the economic mess affecting Coloradans.

And Gardner sought and received the endorsement of the House Conservatives Fund by pledging his support for privatizing Social Security and ripping the safety net out from underneath Colorado seniors – a major piece of the failed Bush economic agenda.

Now Coloradans want to know from Cory Gardner: which is it?

"Enough of the politically-motivated double talk from Cory Gardner – Coloradans deserve better," said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "Gardner owes it to voters to level with them on whether he stands by his comments or supports organizations’ whose agenda would take Colorado back to Bush economics."

Background

  • On Meet the Press, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions and National Republican Senatorial Committee John Cornyn consistently defended Bush policies and promised to return to them if Republicans won the House.  When asked to name a difference between what Republicans would do in the future and what President George W. Bush did, Representative Pete Sessions said:
    • "We need to go back to the exact same agenda that is empowering the free enterprise system rather than diminishing it."
    • "We did things that would empower the free enterprise system." [Meet the Press, 7/18/10]
  • Cory Gardner is a House Conservative Fund-supported candidate. [HouseConservatives.com, accessed 7/15/10] 
  • In order to be considered for a contribution from the House Conservatives Fund, candidates must fill out a questionnaire and support values consistent with those espoused by the conservative Republican Study Committee, which includes privatizing Social Security and Medicare. [CQ-Roll Call, 3/10/10]
    • Republican Study Committee Supports Social Security Privatization. The Republican Study Committee supports the privatization of Social Security and has been praised by right-wing for their pro-privatization stance. [Freedom Works Release, 3/1/06]
  • Gardner told the Denver Post, "A failure of Republicans in the past has been (not focusing on) the basic nuts and bolts of governing. That’s why we lost." [Denver Post, 9/24/09]
  • Gardner also said of Republicans "We have been part of the problem" and that "One of the failures of the Republican Party has been to not come up with solutions to the greatest problems we face in this country," he said. [Fort Morgan Times, 8/14/09; Coloradoan, 8/20/09]