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← Senate race unpredictable in independently minded Colorado

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Showing Revision 8 created 02/26/2018 by Rebekah Wadsworth.

  1. We turn now to the rapidly approaching
    mid-term elections.
  2. If you want to understand why
  3. the Senate Democratic majority
    is in danger,
  4. you'll need look no further
    than the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado.
  5. I'm all sweaty-- how are you?
  6. Aren't we all?
  7. (Gwen Ifill) At first blush, it may seem
    that Colorado's senate race
  8. between incumbent Mark Udall
    and Congressman Cory Gardner,
  9. has boiled down to two men
    fighting over women's issues.
  10. (advertising narration) Congressman
    Cory Gardner's history,
  11. promoting harsh anti-abortion laws
    is disturbing.
  12. That's Senator Udall's campaign.
  13. Senator Udall is a social issues warrior.
  14. He wants to talk about nothing else.
  15. It's something that they
    campaigned on four years ago
  16. when Michael Bennett
    was running in Colorado,
  17. It won then, they did it again in 2012,
  18. and so they think that same playbook
    will win again in 2014.
  19. He's saying that I'm
    a social issues warrior.
  20. In fact, he is.
    I'm an economic issues warrior.
  21. You talk to women,
    this is about economics.
  22. It's also about respect.
  23. And Colorado's fiercely independent,
  24. we're Libertarians,
    and we respect our freedoms.
  25. And we think government, above all,
  26. should not be involved
    in those really private decisions.
  27. (cheering and applause)
    Hey, Colorado, how are you doing?
  28. (Ifill) But the critical election day
    question may be,
  29. "Which women are they speaking to?"
  30. You guys can canvass the doors together--
  31. (Ifill) Are they speaking
    to women like Cathy Alderman,
  32. who's been campaigning against
    an anti-abortion ballot initiative?
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    They can vote for somebody who supports
    women and supports women's ability
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    to access the healthcare services
    they need,
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    versus somebody who was willing
    to limit that access
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    and has spent an entire political career
    trying to limit that access.
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    Yeah, let's do it. Shall we get it?
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    Or, are they appealing
    to women like Briana Johnson,
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    A mother of three,
    who describes herself as pro-life?
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    It's hard when a group of women
    is coming on and claiming
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    to speak for the entire population
    of women.
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    Because I don't,
    I don't relate to that.
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    They say Cory Gardner is too extreme
    for the women of Colorado.
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    Well, that's not what I believe
    and it immediately alienates me
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    64 year-old Udall who is just completing
    his first term in the Senate,
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    is one of a handful
    of Democratic incumbents
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    under sustained political fire this year.
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    His nemesis? A 40 year-old,
    two-term Congressman,
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    who says the country and Colorado,
    are due for a mid-term,
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    mid-course correction, that only a
    Republican Senate majority can deliver.
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    Udall's predicament is especially
    perilous because of Colorado's reputation
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    as a notoriously unpredictable State.
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    President Obama has won twice here,
    but many of the State's voters
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    see themselves as outliers,
    who are as likely to legalize marihuana,
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    as expand oil exploration.
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    I think the people of Colorado
    are very independent.
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    And I think that as soon as they feel
    like they are pidgeon-holed or labelled,
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    as more Democratic, or more Republican,
    they're gonna switch, they're gonna move.
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    They don't like being told who they are.
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    It's time to get the vote out!
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    For voters throughout the West,
    the name Udall is a known quantitiy.
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    Mark Udall's father, Boris, was
    a Senator from Arizona.
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    And he also has two cousins
    in the Senate now:
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    Utah's Republican Mike Lee
    and New Mexico's Democrat Tom Udall
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    I'm a mountain climber, you all know that,
    you don't smoosh your way up a mountain,
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    you don't trash-talk your way
    up a mountain,
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    you just climb the thing.
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    This is a mountain we're climbing,
    let's go climb it!
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    I'm proud to be your United Sates Senator,
    I look forward
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    to a very successful election night.
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    But Gardner treats Udall's
    political history as a la liability.
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    He is the Senate.
    18 years in politics,
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    and he has two cousins
    who are Senators too.
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    Adds like these have transformed Udall's
    re-election bid into
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    a bitterly contested tossup.
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    My dad, well, he sells tractors.
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    Last week, Gardner won the surprise
    endorsement of the State's biggest
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    newspaper, which derided the incumbent
    for fighting, what they described,
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    as a one issue campaign.
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    Udall shrugs off the whole town rebute.
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    The Denver Post doesn't think
    women's reproductive rights are important,
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    that's their decision.
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    But that's an improtant part
    of my campaign.
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    Norman Provizor,
    a political science professor
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    at Metropolitan State University in Denver
    says Gardner has another advantage:
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    a more affable approach
    to conservative politics.
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    He's one of the most conservative
    members of the House,
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    but he comes across
    as a kind of Tea Party member,
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    without the steam.
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    Instead of steam, he has a smile.
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    So he's kind of put a kinder,
    gentler face,
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    on some policies which many people think
    are very harsh.
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    Thomas Unterwagner, who stopped off
    at a weekend farmer's market
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    in the midst of a 40-mile bike ride,
    is supporting Udall.
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    He thinks the Senator is in a tight race
    because of where he works, Washington.
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    I think, most basically,
    the problem is,
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    I think they blame whoever
    is in office currently, the incumbent.
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    And whether they're economically doing
    well or not,
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    they still blame the incumbent,
    for some reason.
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    Adding to the uncertainty this year
    is this new twist:
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    Colorado is joining Oregon
    and Washington State
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    in sending every voter a ballot
    to cast by mail.
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    A shift that could determine the outcome,
    as well as what it means,
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    to 'Get Out the Vote.'
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    (Woman on the phone)
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    "We're just letting voters know that
    the ballots are coming in this Tuesday..."
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    Both parties say the campaign ground game--
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    door-knocking, phone-calling, debating--
    could make the difference in an election
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    when the polling place comes to you.
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    "Put two first-class stamps on it,
    and send it back in the mail."
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    But, voter after voter we talked to said
    they are exasperated
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    by the tone of a campaign that has
    cluttered the airwaves
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    with negative advertising
    paid for by the candidates,
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    and by outside groups who support them.
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    (Advertisement Narration) "Udall hasn't
    changed Washington, it's changed him."
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    "They go after one another's personalities
    so sometimes I tend to tune out,
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    you know, to some degree at this time of
    the year."
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    "I already know what I want and what I
    think is right,
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    so they're just aggravating."
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    This Rocky Mountain election also features
    a running debate about the four E's:
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    Education, Energy, the Environment,
    and the Economy.
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    But central to the choice between Udall
    and Gardner- who cleared the Republican
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    field when he decided to enter the race-
    is whether the victory will tip control
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    of the Senate to the GOP.
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    (Interviewer) "Is your campaign about
    defeating Mark Udall, who's (COME BACK HERE)
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    Senator, or trying to get that majority?"
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    (Gardner) "I felt that the one way that we
    could really change the direction
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    this country is heading wasn't by staying
    in a safe Republican House seat,
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    sending out fancy press releases about
    legislation that would never see
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    the light of day, because of Harry Reid;
    but it was about changing the majority-
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    about becoming number fifty-one,
    so that we could actually do something
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    to move this country forward,
    for the people of this nation."
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    (Udall) "In the end, this is about
    Colorado, and what I've delivered
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    for the state of Colorado."
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    (Interviewer) "And yet, the outcome
    of this race could determine the control
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    of the U.S. Senate."
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    (Udall) "It certainly could, but my focus
    has been on making the case
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    to voters here; as to what I've done for
    the state, what I will do in a second term
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    when I'm rehired."
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    But for many Colorado voters,
    the problem is neither Udall nor Gardner.
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    It's Washington itself.
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    "I think Congress is such a mess that I
    don't think anybody's getting what
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    they really want. I don't really know how
    to fix it.
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    (Interviewer) "Does that mean that you
    might not vote this time?"
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    (Brown) "Oh no, I'll vote.
    I always vote."
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    The candidates meet in their fifth and
    final debate on Wednesday.
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    "You can watch my full interviews with
    Mark Udall and Cory Gardner
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    on our rundown."