If you've ever wondered what U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., stands for, it turns out his Democratic primary opponent, Andrew Romanoff, has the same question.
At a campaign event in Aurora on Sunday, a woman said to Romanoff, "I really do appreciate your willingness not to badmouth your opponent. However, why should we vote for you rather than for him?"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHniHvAL2Ac
The former Colorado Speaker of the House, without mentioning Bennet by name, said, among other things:
- "I believe I'm better qualified for this job."
- "Politics doesn't reward modesty, so I'll tell you this: I've been recognized as the best legislative leader in America by the National Conference of State Legislatures." [Romanoff shared that award in 2006.]
- "It's not just my opponent, it seems to be the leadership of the entire Democratic Party in the U.S. Senate that's forgotten: at some point, we're in charge, we need to start acting that way, not split the difference before these debates ever begin."
- "With respect to policy differences, I believe my positions are closer to where we ought to be. Frankly, I have positions on issues, which itself distinguishes me in some [cases] from my opponent."
- "It's very difficult for me to distinguish myself from a candidate who refuses to tell us where he stands. I will. I am, right now. And in the course of our debates on health care policy, on financial reform, on energy and the environment, on campaign finance reform, my positions are clear."
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