By James Anderson, Associated Press
Colorado Republicans decide Tuesday who challenges Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in November. A glance at the five candidates on select issues:
Donald Trump: Glenn has stumped for Trump but accepted an endorsement from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who doesn’t support Trump. “At least Mr. Trump is out there and giving a vision that he wants to shake things up. And that’s what people want,” Glenn has said.
Immigration: “I will not support amnesty.”
National Security: Take the war to the Islamic State group. “We have a president who has failed to identify the enemy.”
Economy: All energy options; cut corporate tax rate; end entitlement spending.
Why run: “There are so many people frustrated with politicians saying one thing, and they go to either Denver or Washington, D.C., and completely (sell) out to special interests.”
Trump: Blaha supports Trump and says Glenn is “selling out” with Cruz’s endorsement. “Darryl Glenn will say anything to get our votes and then cut a backroom deal to get power and prestige.”
Immigration: He says he’ll cut illegal immigration by half in his first term or will leave under a “Blaha product guarantee.” Deporting 11 million in U.S. illegally: “Not gonna happen.”
National security: Take the war to the Islamic State group abroad; undo Iran nuclear treaty; keep terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.
Economy: Cut corporate taxes; dismantle bureaucracies (such as the Department of Education); all energy options including coal; dismantle health care overhaul.
Why run: “If you want to be re-elected and that’s your primary goal, then you shouldn’t be running.”
Trump: “He has lost my support. He can regain my support.”
Immigration: Supports an immigrant work program; those in the country illegally should register to seek citizenship.
National Security: Re-impose Iran sanctions; take the war to the Islamic State group.
Economy: Cut corporate taxes, simplify tax code; sequester Congress until it passes an annual budget; seek balanced budget amendment; eliminate health care overhaul.
Why run: Outraged by Bennet’s support for Iran deal.
Trump: “It would be irresponsible on my part if I did not take time to evaluate Mr. Trump and show people that I thought through this and here’s why I’m either with him or not.”
Immigration: Bolster border security; reform immigration system.
National Security: Impose financial sanctions against Iran; keep open Guantanamo Bay; fight the Islamic State group abroad.
Economy: All energy options; cut and simplify taxes so companies can create jobs.
Why run: Bennet “is a guy who’s in lockstep with Obama and not in lockstep with Colorado.”
Trump: Keyser supports the presumptive GOP nominee.
Immigration: Tighten border security.
National Security: Re-impose Iran sanctions; keep terrorists at Guantanamo Bay; the Islamic State group “is an enemy we can defeat.”
Economy: Cut corporate taxes, government spending; energy independence; eliminate health care overhaul.
Why run: “We have a senator who’s dangerous” because of support for Iran deal and closing Guantanamo Bay.