Grand County resident featured in campaign video
August 18, 2016
If you watch much TV this fall you can expect to see a plethora of campaign advertisements for politicians running for various offices throughout the state and country.
Folks from Grand County may recognize a familiar face among the many advertisements they see over the coming weeks and months. Grand County resident and local conservationist Kirk Klancke is being featured in a Michael Bennet campaign ad highlighting Klancke's support of the incumbent US Senator.
The ad begins with a simple quote. "We don't inherit this environment from our parents, we borrow it from our children," Klancke says, before going on to explain he is a registered Republican but will be voting for Bennet, a Democrat, this fall. The video can be viewed through the Bennet campaign's web site under press releases, or by going to Youtube and searching "The River – Michael Bennet".
Bennet is an incumbent Senator representing the State of Colorado in the US Senate. This fall he faces Republican challenger Darryl Glenn, an El Paso County Commissioner and retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel.
Bennet and Glenn offer strikingly different choices as candidates. Bennet is a fairly moderate Democrat but has supported several key Democratic proposals including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and was a cosponsor of the DREAM Act. Bennet was one of only a few Democrat Senators to vote in favor of construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Glenn is a fiscal conservative who also supports many of the key issues that animate his Republican base including an unambiguous interpretation of the Second Amendment and moving the federal tax code to a fair or flat tax model. Glenn draws some of his sharpest contrasts with Bennet regarding immigration and foreign policy.
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Glenn is a fairly popular County Commissioner in El Paso County. He is currently serving his second term, having won reelection to his current post in 2014 with 80 percent of the vote, according to his campaign website. Glenn's campaign literature states several core issues of concern to the conservative politician including, "a strong national defense, fiscal discipline, educating the workforce for the modern economy and criminal justice reform."
Glenn was a featured prime time speaker at this year's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, offering remarks on the opening night of the quadrennial gathering of Republican pols.
Bennet gained national prominence in 2009 when Colorado Governor Bill Ritter appointed him to the US Senate seat for Colorado vacated by Democrat Ken Salazar after Salazar's appointment as Secretary of the Interior. Before his appointment Bennet served as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools.
Bennet's campaign literature highlights several issues of significant concern for the Democrat politician including, "reduce income inequality by fighting to improve job training programs, increase the minimum wage, ensure equal pay for equal work, and end tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas."
According to the poll aggregation website RealClear Politics Bennet leads Glenn in the state by a significant margin, anywhere from six to 16 points. The Quinnipiac, NBC/WSL/Marist and Fox News polls each have Bennet leading Glenn in mid-August by a margin of 16 points, 15 points and 15 points respectively.
Election Day for 2016 will be held on Tuesday Nov. 8. Federal Elections in the US are always held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in Nov.