July 26th, 2010
09:54 AM ET
12 years ago

Buck back in headlines with 'dumbasses' comment

(CNN) - With just over two weeks until Colorado's primary, a leading Republican Senate candidate who enjoys strong support from the Tea Party movement is apologizing for calling Tea Party activists "dumbasses."

The Denver Post and 9News reported Sunday that GOP Senate hopeful Ken Buck was caught on tape saying "will you tell those dumbasses at the Tea Party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I'm on camera."

Buck, who was recorded without his permission by a Democratic operative while arriving at a campaign event last month in Crowley, Colorado, was referring to Tea Party activists who question the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate. As he continued to walk with the Democratic operative, Buck added "God, what am I supposed to do?"

The audio was obtained by the the Denver Post, which links to the audio clip in their on-line report, and 9News, a local news station in Denver.

"I'm not suggesting the language was appropriate," Buck told the Denver Post and 9News Sunday night. "But after 16 months of being on the campaign trail, I was tired and frustrated that I can't get that message through that we are going to go off a cliff if we don't start dealing with this debt."

Former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, Buck's opponent in the battle for Republican Senate nomination, was quick to respond. An e-mail by her campaign links to the Denver Post story on the controversy.

"Ken Buck is two steps short of a fraud. He's a self-proclaimed tea partier who trashes tea partiers when he thinks no one is looking," says Norton campaign spokeswoman Cinamon Watson, in the e-mail statement.

So-called "birthers" question whether Obama is legally president by arguing that he was not born in the United States. Hawaiian officials have over the past year and a half confirmed Obama's birth in their state.

Earlier this year Buck hinted that he would support legislation that would ensure a president candidate is a U.S. citizen, but he hasn't highlighted the issue in his campaign. Sunday Buck said that the issue of Obama's birthplace distracts from bigger problems the country is facing right now.

The leader of the 9-12 Project/Colorado Coalition, a Tea Party group in Colorado, doesn't think the controversy will cost Buck votes.

"We are going to stay focused on issues," Lu Busse tells the Denver Post, "and not who calls us names."

Buck's comments are the third to spark controversy over the past three weeks.

Earlier this month, former Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado said at a Buck rally that the biggest threat to the United States was President Obama. Tancredo's comments went viral on-line. According to the Denver Post, Buck was recorded criticizing Tancredo.

Last week Buck was back in the headlines, after a recording was released of Buck at a July 17 rally saying that voters should choose him instead of Norton "because I do not wear high heels."

The Norton campaign is now highlighting those comments in a new campaign commercial. Norton enjoys backing from many establishment Republicans, including Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer whose popuarity among conservatives has skyrocketed as of late in the wake of her state's immigration law.

Buck, the Weld Country District Attorney, has jumped in the polls over the past two months and now some recent surveys suggest he leads Norton.

The GOP primary winner will face off in November against the victor of the Democratic battle between incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet and former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. Colorado holds it's primaries on August 10.

Updated at 12:00 p.m. ET: The Buck campaign is reacting to the Norton campaign's response to the "dumbasses" controversy.

"Jane is continuing her 'all-negative, all-the-time' campaign. Instead of talking about about the issues, she's focused on personal attacks," Buck camapign spokesman Owen Luftus tells CNN.

Filed under: 2010 • Colorado • Ken Buck
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    LOL, I live in Colorado and the Republican campaigns here are a real laugh. As they say, live by the sword, die by the sword....

    July 26, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. bertina

    Hilarious! A Tea party member speaks the truth and then realizes his error. Too funny.

    July 26, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. felicia

    That's the first thing i heard true from the teaparty people. They are a bunch of dumba$$e$.

    July 26, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. katiec

    Just further proof the republican candidates will cater to anyone, sell their souls to get votes.
    The majority of the American people have no complimentary thoughts for the tea partiers, giving them no creditibility for their ridiculous stances, and politicians realize they are irresponsibly extreme, but well hypocritically tell them what they want to hear.
    Glad to see one get caught with his foot in mouth, which needs to happen more often with hot air they put out.

    July 26, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Moderate

    The GOP is playing the TEA Party like a harp. They can't see it being blinded by their own visions of self worth. Palin, Buck, Brown and all the rest are using you guys.

    I don't know about you but I'd be a little peeved about this and more than likely withdraw my support.

    You guys need to field your own candidates! Anyone from the GOP or Dem's can give a speech that sounds like they support you, but really they don't!

    July 26, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Ken in NC

    People are constantly attacking President Obama over his birth place while never giving thought to how smart a woman his mother was. She had the presence of mind to insure that the local news papers ran notices of the birth of her son because from the beginning, she was making plans for her son to grow up to become the POTUS. No one is giving her credit for being so smart so many years ago.

    July 26, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Crazy Harry

    Finally someone who gets it. He has a totally accurate read on the members of the Tea Party.

    July 26, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. marcia

    was his comment any more dumb ass than most democrats???

    July 26, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. FAUX NEWS is Evil...media Lynching

    Even the republicans are begining to call the Tea Party members for what they actually are: DUMBASSES...

    I'm sure alot of these republican politicians know the Tea Party movement headed by Palin are dumbasses....but they are just trying to milk them for their votes and dump their sorry asses later!

    Ask Scott Brown how is that Tea Party thingy working out for him? lol

    Tea Party Scott Brown has been voting in lockstep with President Obama and the democrats...in pushing that "Socialist" and "Communist" agenda of Wall Street reform, HeatlthCare bill and Unemployment benefits!........for ALL AMERICANS!!!

    July 26, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. DJ in TX

    His comment was "dumb", but I can see his point. I disagree 100% with the Tea Party and most GOP, but at least he's trying to get past this birth certificate issue. Do people realize that John McCain was ALSO born outside the United Staes? Do people realize Americans are born all over this world?

    As long as your parents are citizens, then you are a U.S. Citizen. Let's get over this BS..............Some blogger with an agenda puts out bogus information and you take it law..................But you don't believe when our 50th state produces the document and shows proof. How can a newspaper in 1961 know Obama was going to be president? But you the notice is fake. WOW! I've got some land in the Atlantic Ocean I'd like to sell you.........................unfortunately Buck is right..............

    July 26, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Tom

    The Buck stops here.

    July 26, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Dave

    Ha! The contempt spilled over. Republicans are all too happy to exploit the useful idiots in the tea party, the same way they do the evangelicals, but behind closed doors they mock them and laugh at them, because they've got contempt for them. And one reason they have contempt for them is they know how easy those "dumbasses" are to fool. They're stupid and naive and easily led, and those who lead them will use them happily, but they'll certainly never respect them.

    The truth hurts, teapartiers. That's what your masters think about you. Take it to heart, because it may be the only truth you ever get out of them.

    July 26, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Donkey Party

    You made your bed, now lie in it. If you dumbass right-wing hacks hadn't stoked the ignorance of the Teabaggers with your lies, this wouldn't be happening now.

    July 26, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Steve in CT

    We're constantly barraged by who's outing who, super secret leaks etc. turning us (Americans) into a soap opera. This very well may be intentional to draw attention from what's really happening, the dismantling of the USA. And most of us are stupid enough to take the bait. We need to stop playing the government's shell game and focus on the reality.

    July 26, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. harold

    The T party people most of em.. are really seal beams....Straight ahead vision with no side vision...Just do away with government ...NO taxes..back to gravel roads....What they wanrt to do about the two Wars going on I have no idea.. They sure like it that the Wars are funded on borrowed money like ole GW Bush did.. GW BUSH maxed out his credit card for us as well as a lot of people in USA...Strange seal beam logic huh?

    July 26, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Louisiana Man

    LA jobless rate will increase mainly because of that dastardly oil spill-

    But fear not, our illustrious governor, Piyush 'Bobby' Jindal will continue to campaign to his base and grandstand for the cameras.

    Remember, it was Piyush's buddies that apologized to BP for the Feds making them accountable.

    Typically of the party of NO-What slugs the GOPS are.

    July 26, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. harold

    By the way where are the birth certicates of all the T party people..?. This silly stuff about birth certicate shows us they are not serious.. they just like to play their sadistic games..Gotta have their fix for the day..?

    July 26, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. aunt Bea and Opie

    Poor Ken,we couldnt have said it better ourselves,but now they will make an effigy for him.Another turnip from the GOPdump truck,hahaha.

    July 26, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Laverne

    That may be the most honest thing he has said to date!!

    July 26, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Patrick

    These guys always talk about the debit, but they didn't give a damn about the debit when Bush the lesser was in charge. The GOP is horribly disingenuous and hypocritical.

    July 26, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    That's the most refreshing news story about a Republican I've seen all year.

    July 26, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "will you tell those dumbasses at the Tea Party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I'm on camera."


    BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!! PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I I

    I'll comment as soon as I can stop laughing!!!!

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GASP!!!!!!!!! CHOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Ralph

    Dumb ass. Takes one to know one.

    July 26, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. dAvid, CA

    But he was right. Tea Party activists ARE "dumbasses."

    July 26, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Blaum

    I don't see anything wrong with what he says here......

    July 26, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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