August 11th, 2010
06:00 PM ET
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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. Louisiana Man

    Quote of the year from a Republican-

    Yes Virginia, there are a few Repubs that speak the truth.

    August 11, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. Not fooled

    How refreshing a GOP who speaks the truth.(first 3 paragraphs)

    August 11, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. Lori in St Pete

    And he would be correct about that. Very few people collect SS at 62. Those who do are either well off or laid off.

    August 11, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. dorian canalizo

    Wouldn't it be great if both parties would work together for the good of the country?! What a novel idea!

    August 11, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    "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
    I realize he has his own campaign strategy, but what mess is he talking about? If it's the overspending and passing special interest laden bills disguised as something else, the last 2 years the Democrats have done 98% of that mess all by themselves. I'm proud of what the Republican Senators have done to take their stand against garbage legislation being brought up that is not good for America.

    August 11, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. Wright

    Goodness, the man hasn't been in office long enough to be "the worst president in history".

    August 11, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. vic

    2000 to 2008 administration took us back to 12 years back to 1992 (when Bill Clinton left office advance us by 4 years)

    Obama administration out of 18 months they advance one month only

    If Ken Buck come to Washington we will go back 1950s

    August 11, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. all of America

    Obama and his democrats are to blame for this economy, period ! He has been in office for almost two years now and he has don nothing to get this economy moving. He spends most of his time on vacation! He is only concerned about pushing through his socialistic agenda at any cost. He said this in his campaign redoric , the obama voters were too stupid to read between the lines . The majority of the public see this guy as a real looser ,the worst president in U.S. history.

    August 11, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Huh? What? A Republican admitting responsibility? Awaiting his retraction compelled by the GOP hierarchy replete with "my words were misconstrued" and "it's all Obama's fault".

    August 11, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Mike

    And the move to the center begins...

    August 11, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. George of the jungle

    He is right the republican party does not have a leader. Wonder why? They can't get their act togeather. Don't mind additional funding for the soarder security but the hell with the teachers and fire fighters. I guess some spending is ok. No arguments about the deficet if is for something they are in favor of.

    August 11, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. DIANA

    They have no agenda. They promise a plan in September. What took them so long.

    They're using the same "scare tatics" they tried before and unfortunately, America seems to have a short memory because the majority are falling for them.

    We have a bad economy, two wars that we need to get out of, people who need jobs and what are they doing?

    Waving a shiny object in front of the igorant and telling them we can't have a mosque BLOCKS away from ground zero. We need to change the constitution, which they swear by when it's convient, to deny citizenship. How will that get us jobs? How will that fix the economy? How will that get us out of this war? People wake up. Don't fall for the same scare tactics they tried before.

    August 11, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. hobart

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

    Well, duh. But there's an extra word in the headline. It should have read..,

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

    Much more accurate.

    August 11, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    how can Republicans be the blame for ANYTHING?? They have leaders like Rush and Sarah and Glenn who are very good at shifting the blame to Obama and everyone else to the left of them. Plus they also have their own 24/7 newschannel that defends almost EVERYTHING they do. This guy obviously has not gotten his talking points....Rush needs to sit down with him soon.

    August 11, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. Paul Ernest Show

    Gee! I have finally seen a republican in whom some element of truth is still left in . I guess they are not all distortionists . But really, some portion of the blame or all of it? Major tax cut for the wealthy, for 8 years, left the government taking in less than it was spending, resulting in budget deficits for those years and a broke treasury after. Broke enough for us to walk on our knees to borrow money from China. Broke enough to shake our economy and cause this massive economic bust. We went from budget surpluses to budget deficits because of bad economic policies of the past. If the notion that cutting taxes for the wealthy encourages more investment by the wealthy works, why are we broke today? Isn't that how our national debt doubled and tripled? The blame belongs to the GOP , indeed.

    August 11, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. Whata Crock

    This fool doesn't have a clue. History clearly shows who approved of the G.D. socialist programs that are bankrupting this nation both financially and morally. Why work when "someone else" will and pay taxes to fund your lifestyle? That is what this entitlement mentality has degenerated into. Once we were the land of opportunity, but because of socialist "progressives", we have been coerced into a land of political correctness and redistributive entitlements. That caused the Soviets to fail and even the Communist Chinese have sen the power and strength that comes from a capitalist culture. End the entitlements. Balance the budget.

    August 11, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. hap

    I would love for one republican incumbant to admit some blame,as Bush one said, "not gonna happen"
    I also want to see one of these white collar politicians that are proposing raising the SS age go and lay bricks for 8 hours at 62. Sure we live longer but our physical peak is still in our 20's. I'm also pretty sure his sons will not be brick layers, heavy equipment mechanics, miners, or anything else that requires physical labor, what a DB.

    August 11, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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