Senate Nominee Buck Thanks GOP After Meeting With McConnell

Posted September 30, 2010 at 3:12pm

Colorado Republican Ken Buck was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a private meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), but was vague when asked to reveal the details of their discussion.

Buck, the Weld County district attorney challenging appointed Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), would say only that he “said hello” to McConnell and “talked about the state a little bit.” But he did compliment McConnell and Republicans in Washington for the support they have given him since he won the primary over GOP establishment favorite Jane Norton, the former Colorado lieutenant governor.

“Everyone has been great once the primary was over; the Republican Party came together and has been very supportive,” Buck told reporters after emerging from McConnell’s office.

Buck said three issues that Colorado voters are most concerned about are “spending, jobs and the economy,” and he offered some advice to Republican leaders in Washington.

“I think we need to tell the American public it’s not going to be business as usual,” he said. “Republicans are every bit as much to blame for the mess that we’re in as Democrats, and we have got to make sure that we impose a level of discipline on Congress and not talk about goals but rather Constitutional balanced-budget amendments, spending amendments — something that is clear Congress can’t act beyond certain limits.”

According to a Real Clear Politics average of all public polls taken of the Colorado Senate race from Aug. 28 through Monday, Buck led Bennet 46.7 percent to 43.3 percent.