August 11th, 2010
06:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Buck: Republicans are also to blame for 'mess' in Washington

Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck said Wednesday that Republicans are 'every bit as much to blame' as the Democrats for our nation's troubles.

Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck said Wednesday that Republicans are 'every bit as much to blame' as the Democrats for our nation's troubles.

(CNN) - The Republican nominee for Senate in Colorado said Wednesday that Republican frustration with both parties in Washington politics is driving grassroots victories over establishment candidates in GOP primaries around the country.

"I think Republicans realize that Republicans are every bit as much to blame for the mess that we are in in D.C. as the Democrats," Ken Buck told CNN's John King in an interview set to air at 7 p.m. on John King USA. "And we can't send this kind of Republican to Washington, D.C. to fix this mess."

Buck said he doesn't think the Republican Party has a national leader at the moment, and he expects the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee to be selected through "a wonderful process" whereby one contender emerges from a large pool of candidates-much like he has.

"I think we're going to see a number of people get into the race," Buck said. "We'll see who has the stamina, who has the financing, who has […] the grasp of the issues to attract voters."

Watch the segment after the jump:

Buck received national attention last month after a video surfaced online that showed him complaining about Tea Party members who'd asked him about President Obama's birth certificate. On Wednesday, Buck said it was "frustrating to try to deal with those folks."

"I certainly wasn't making a disparaging remark about Tea Partiers generally, but, rather, about a few birthers who were trying to disrupt meetings," Buck said.

Buck, who has made fiscal responsibility a cornerstone of his campaign, said changes need to be made now to keep Social Security afloat.

"We certainly need to raise the retirement age," Buck told King. "I've told my 19-year-old and my 22-year-old that they're not going to be getting retirement benefits at age 62."

"We've got to make sure that our younger workers understand that as life expectancy increases, the retirement date for benefits increases, also," Buck added.

On Tuesday, Buck defeated former Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in an at-times nasty primary battle. He is running against Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, who was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in 2009.

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  1. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Reverse psychology Jedi-mind trick. Soon he will start blaming Obama for the economic meltdown even though the minute he took office the nation was already on the brink of collapse. Faux News will spin this and call him a RINO I'm sure.

    August 11, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. hypocricnnation

    Hey! I Almost Actually Agree With The Headline. Except The Republicans In Congress Are The Main Problem.

    August 11, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA




    How about they are mostly to blame, first going along with Bush policies, and then blocking every attempt of Democrats to do something for this country.

    Oh Democrats are to blame too, but as accomplices, they never filibustered anything Bush wanted, and now they are letting sociopaths (AKA Republicans) run their mouths, when they should take a few baseball bats and go to work on some real cleaning in Washington.

    August 11, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. onlysanetexanleft

    Too bad the media doesn't see it that way. All we hear is negative coverage of the President and democrats, meanwhile the republicans try to block bills like the one that just passed to save the jobs of teachers and firefighters that was 100% paid for by closing tax loopholes.

    August 11, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |

    I am not trust for demorcration that demorcratic are keep too much risk about taxes

    August 11, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Mason

    Sure, I think Republicans agree they got off track and spent too much money and that is why they lost Congress. By the same token I think the American people are in open rebellion against Democrats who have gone too far left on their economic strategy of public debt, higher taxes and deficits. We are about to be recentered come Novemeber.

    August 11, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    ....Says the son of the most incompetent Vice President in history. Talk about a short attention span, the worst president in American history was the last to leave office, hands down.

    August 11, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Shelly

    He is the one who said something about voting for him because he does not wear high heels, but cowboy boots that have horse muck ! What an arrogant, chauvinistic sexist idiot! He sure has a horse's, even a horse is better than him.

    August 11, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. David

    He is right, and the policies of Bush in the last two years (with Democratic congress) and Obama's policies are no different (Geitner, Gates, Bernanke all worked during Bush time, Hillary, Holder, etc. acted during Clinton's time– so no change!)
    This is frustrating, and the media is collaborating with the administration and the people in power by tagging tea-party civil movement "EXTREME," please be balance and understand people are fed up and want real change and understand whom to vote for to balance the Obama Bush-light administration!!!

    August 11, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. Tom from Ohio

    A Republican slamming another Republican? He won't be around long if the Tea Party has anything to do with it.

    August 11, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Good luck [R]s. Good luck dragging America back to the Dark Ages.

    Buck seems to be one of those rare remnant [R]s that continues to use his brain, and tell it like it is. That a goofball segment of our public would want to put this country back into the hands of [R]s after what they've done to destroy it, and what they've continued to do to ensure that no [D] can fix it, is a very sad statement on the evolutionary state of humans....I mean, how utterly stupid can some people did such "stupid" genes get successfully transmitted?

    August 11, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. annie s

    Also to blame? The Republicans caused the mess, and they are obstructing every possible avenue of fixing the mess.

    August 11, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. one voice

    Republicans are ALSO TO BLAME? The GOP are the only party to blame, PERIOD

    August 11, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. da

    The problem people are failing to see about the economy is that we would not be where we are if it wasn't for the Bush years!!! Yes it is about blaming the past administration and it should be thrown in everyone face everytime they try to blame all the current problems on the Obama administration. Who started an unecessary war in Iraq?, Who let corporations, banks, and wall street go uncheck for years?, Who put in uncessary tax cuts for the rich? So for you idiots who want to talk about how this is Obama fault i beg to differ!! He came in with a mess on his hand and folks think that after 8 years of this country following the Bush and the Dick, he can turn it around in two years. What a bunch of IDIOTS!!! If the President and Democrats hadn't spent the money they did we all would be in a bigger mess than this!!

    August 11, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. FarLeft

    How In the WORLD does ANYONE actually believe that Dems are soley responsible for the state of the country???!!! IQ's suddenly take a precipitous drop amongst the conservatives? Both parties responsible? Better theory. Considering, however, that we endured the worst (on-record) Republican regime of-all-time (8-YEARS of that crap!), just prior to Obama, to believe that it will all get turned-around in two-years is idiocy. Quail's son?! Wasn't Dan considered one-of-the more obtuse politicians in recent memory? Soooooo.., his son inherited his...,, ahem.., nudge-nudge, wink-wink.., brains!? LOL I'll tell you what, the conservatives ARE good for the occasional laugh.

    August 11, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. nick

    The fact is the "real" leaders in the GOP sit in corporate bioard rooms around the world dictating policy and stands to the puppets they install in every branch of government. Which is why there has not been (since Eisenhower) an independent leader in the Republican Party and why it is likely there never will be. Taking it down to its most fundamental essence the Republican Party was, is and will always be the Party of the rich, for the rich and by the rich – PERIOD! All this other postering is merely window dressing and means nothing: to repeat, nothing. In fact General of the Army Eisenhower warned the nation of this very thing in his final address as President to the nation way back in 1961; and it has happened as he said it would.

    August 11, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. Donnatella

    Finally a republican telling the truth.

    August 11, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. George of the jungle

    At least he doesn't sound like that dummy Quail or wing nut palin ; THe only chance for the repos is to find some semi intellegent people who want to help the American public more than they wrrie about being elected.

    August 11, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. Jonathan

    I find it funny how Republicans seem to be so so worried about the debt and budget now, I mean according to MSN Money the total cost of the Bush 8 years were $11.5 trillion dollars but it seems back then Republicans and Right Wing nuts had no math education so it didn't matter to them, now that Obama is in Office all of a sudden they are all Math Professors even keeping track of the Bic pen Obama uses to write laws into effect.

    I mean it was perfectly okay to spend 3 trillion on Iraq and Afghanistan but god forbid we spend 200 million to keep Teachers, Police and firemen working, or 2 billion to help Americans keep their homes, no let's send that to Iraq like Bush did so that we can build Schools and Homes for Iraqis instead of our own people.

    August 11, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. Charlie in Maine

    Ticker: Obama called 'worst in history'

    Hey CNN. "They" can call him whatever they want it dooesn't make it so.

    The only way thet Obama would come close to the worst President would be if you listed the Presidents in Chronologicla order then I suppose he would as #44 be right next to #43 then I guess he would be close to the worst............

    In a way though Obama has himself to blame for this hatred they have towards him. If he were to just get one policy decision wrong they could harp on that instead of their eternal personal sniping. It's the same problem they had with Bill Clinton but he made it easier for them by sleeping around.

    Oh well, hey Obama haters I feel your pain..but just think how much worse you would feel if McCain had won and the Supreme Court jumped in and gave it to Obama. Believe me that would really suck.

    August 11, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Uncle Sam

    Obama's proud that his guy Bennett beat out his primary challenger. The White House has categorized it as historic. Historic that an incumbent won a primary in 2010? Historic that a candidate supported by Obama in 2010 won? Don't see the significance, sorry.

    August 11, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. Steven P

    Amazing that the later entry "obama worst President" has already been closed. This is still open and posted earlier. What that tells a lot.

    Of course Repubs are also to blame. Are you kidding me? The two-party system we have dictates that Dems and Repubs provide the sheep their bread and circusses.

    Cheers, America.

    August 11, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Paul H

    I tend to lean toward conservative values. And I totally agree with the statement that Republicans share responsibly as they have sold out, and stopped being conservative in the area of spending.
    The last Republican administration (Bush, and co.) started the spending spree, and passed the torch to Obama, and the spending didn't miss a beat.
    Republicans haven't been very conservative, and Democrat's haven't been very Democratic (more like socialist.)
    Both parties deserve the criticism they are getting

    August 11, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. girgleshmirg

    sorry he's wrong. Clinton was the worst followed closely by Carter. Obama's just riding their coat tails.

    August 11, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Squigman

    The current mess was brought to you by a republican led congress and senate, as well as a republican led executive branch. The people who voted for the republican led branches of the government, are to blame for the mess. And if the people vote the republicans back in, in November, then the people of the nation deserve all they get. I know my days of giving to any and all charities are ended. From now on, carry your own water, or expire of extreme thirst.

    August 11, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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