The Western Slope Conservative Alliance sponsored a Candidate Forum on March 4th where the Republican candidates for the Third Congressional District of Colorado answered a series of prepared questions, as well as questions from the audience. Colonel Bob McConnell (Ret.) closed the forum Thursday night by asking Scott Tipton to join in more debates throughout the Third District. McConnell reminded Tipton he had made this same suggestion to Salazar in 2006.
"It was an excellent job interview," McConnell stated. "When candidates sit side by side and answer the same question, their differences become apparent."
Channel 12 in Grand Junction (PBS) taped the forum and will air it on March 6, 9, 17, 20, and 25 - each day at 10am and 7pm. McConnell extolled the value of this exercise, and expressed appreciation to the WSCA for providing the forum.
"We talked about Cap and Trade, jobs, energy, health care, and the environment," McConnell said, "And though Scott and I certainly share conservative values there is a difference in how deeply we feel about what is happening in Washington. As a combat veteran, I am much more inclined to stand and fight than to compromise.”
When questioned about why two Tea Parties have endorsed McConnell and not Tipton, Tipton criticized the process of the endorsements and the power of the tea parties. He then noted he was “on the radar” of the Republican party as a “young gun”. As the Honor Graduate of his Ranger training, a paratrooper in the elite 509th Airborne, and a combat leader in the 7th Cavalry, McConnell has been identified as a “top gun” since 1969.
"Scott’s comments were not a good sign for uniting the Tea Parties and the Republican Party, which I will do in order to defeat Salazar, soundly." McConnell noted, "Scott seemed dismissive and disparaging about the endorsements, which he obviously would have wanted. We need to get beyond sour grapes and unite conservatives.”
McConnell noted that Tipton “has repeatedly stated that he's almost neck and neck with Salazar, as if that's something good. How much confidence does it inspire to say, 'I'm almost there, I'm almost close to a loser.'"
"I challenged Scott to debate me in Pueblo, Trinidad, Cortez, Craig, and Durango," McConnell said. "Scott’s response to me was 'I have a job.' Well, so do I. My only job is to get this congressional seat back to the people, by a wide and resounding victory that sends Salazar home for good. That's my job."
Bob McConnell can be reached by e-mail or by calling 970-846-4907.
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