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John Hickenlooper and Tom Tancredo talk to Denver Post editorial board

In their appearances before the Denver Post's editorial board, which endorsed John Hickenlooper as expected, Hickenlooper and Tom Tancredo discussed the issues that are most important to the Post's editorial writers and to the public. In the clips shown below, both candidates talked about balancing the state's budget, which is forecast to be $1.2 billion in the red in the next fiscal year.

 

Hickenlooper said budget cuts are inevitable but that he wants to make cuts that will have the least long-term effect. He obviously assumes the economy will recover fully and generate tax revenues that will allow Democrats to return to their disastrous spend and tax ways. Hickenlooper talked about the anti-tax, unhappy voters he's seen as he's traveled the state.

Tancredo stressed that retired and currently employed beneficiaries of the state's Public Employees' Retirement Assn. (PERA) will get their currently scheduled benefits. He supports changing PERA to a defined contribution from a defined benefit scheme for new government employees, including teachers. The clip chosen by the Post also shows Tancredo explaining that he doesn't hate immigrants, he supports allowing refugees to come into the country, and he believes that there should be a moratorium on immigration until recent immigrants are fully assimilated into our country, which he considers crucial.

I think Tancredo shows more knowledge of how the state government and political process works while Hickenlooper shows how he avoids taking stands on tough issues by avoiding specifics. LINKS: Hickenlooper clip and Tancredo clip by the Denver Post.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 10/03/2010 at 06:23 AM

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