With one day left in the contentious governor's primary, the four men vying to unseat John Hickenlooper sat down with the Aurora Sentinel. Read what they had to say.
DENVER | The four Republican gubernatorial contenders in Tuesday’s primary answer questions about what policies they’d pursue if elected.
Each responded in writing. Answers were edited for space reasons.
Q: With the caveat that as governor you would not have full power to change or undo current laws — unless your party regains control of the Legislature — what policies that have been implemented by the current administration would you most focus on trying to modify or erase?
Former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez: As governor, it is my duty to serve the people, regardless of who holds the majority in the Legislature. Through strong leadership, I will work to unite our government and pass laws that best serve the people of Colorado.
Secretary of State Scott Gessler: Current renewable energy mandates for power companies have dramatically increased utility prices; we should remove those burdensome mandates. -
Former State Sen. Mike Kopp: I will first lay down a firm marker with the Colorado House and Senate in my first address to the Colorado Legislature. I will make it clear as governor my number one priority is to empower individuals, not the government. Therefore, I will veto any legislation that comes to my desk that makes it more difficult to do that.
Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo: The governor can, and I certainly will, lead the effort to re-establish the principles of the 10th Amendment. This means challenging the overreaching federal government in areas such as education policy (Common Core), Obamacare and regulatory overreach — for example, the EPA has made rules in areas it does not have authority.