Members of Colorado's congressional delegation and state parties lined up along partisan lines to offer their reaction to President Trump's third State of the Union address Tuesday, the night before the Senate is expected to vote on impeachment.
The president spoke of the nation's robust economy under his watch, a point of pride for Republicans with doubts and derision from Democrats during the election season.
Here are the statements that rolled in after his roughly 90-minute speech:
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, Democrat from Denver:
“Not surprisingly, tonight’s speech was full of half-truths and outright lies. In his boasts about the economy, the president ignored that the American economy is creating jobs at a slower rate than when Barack Obama was in his second term. He ignored that farm bankruptcies are at an eight-year high as a result of his reckless trade policies. He bragged instead about his tax cut that gave $37 billion to the wealthiest Americans and large corporations.
“Everywhere I go in Colorado, people tell me they can’t afford some combination of housing, health care, child care or higher education — in other words, a middle-class life. They’re worried about their children’s future. Political rhetoric and inflated statistics will do nothing to solve the real challenges they face every day.”
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, Republican from Yuma:
“Tonight the President offered a call to put division behind us and to come together to create new opportunities for Americans from every walk of life. A divided Congress does not mandate a divisive Congress. There is ample opportunity for us to work across the aisle to provide strong national security, to lower health care costs for American families, and to repair our country’s crumbling infrastructure. There’s bipartisan support in Congress and across our great nation to fix our broken immigration system, address rising suicide rates, and protect the public lands that we all cherish.
“We must remember that much more unites us than divides us as Americans. I hope that our nation’s elected leaders can rise to meet this moment to work in a bipartisan fashion to solve the most challenging issues facing the American people. It’s what Coloradans demand.”
Rep. Joe Neguse, Democrat from Lafayette:
“Across Colorado, our families and communities are looking to Washington for substantive solutions to lower the cost of their healthcare, combat the existential threat of climate change, to address the gun violence epidemic, and provide needed investments in our roads, bridges and transportation systems. Tonight, rather than offering solutions, President Trump misled Americans about the work he has accomplished and the work still ahead. He has failed America on his promises to deliver affordable prescription drugs, make real investment in our infrastructure or to give American workers the support they need. He has walked away from infrastructure talks that were critical to rebuilding our ailing roads and bridges, urged federal courts to strike down every last provision of the Affordable Care Act, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and is even blocking the House-passed bill that would allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices.”
“Making matters worse, the President has degraded the character of our nation, inciting fear in the hearts of immigrants with dangerous and cruel deportation efforts, and he has blatantly abused his power through soliciting foreign interference in our elections for his own personal and political gain, which is why the House of Representatives voted to impeach him.”
Rep. Diana DeGette, Democrat from Denver:
“Donald Trump just arrived at the U.S. Congress to give a campaign speech. It’s a shame, with everything going on in the world right now, that he has stooped that low.”
Rep. Doug Lamborn, Republican from Colorado Springs:
"This evening, President Trump delivered a genuinely uplifting and forward-looking State of the Union speech. He highlighted many of his administration's most significant achievements, such as: rebuilding our military, unleashing a booming economy, strengthening our national security, and advocating pro-family policies. I commend President Trump for rising above politics and looking for ways to better the lives of all Americans. During his 2016 campaign, President Trump made many promises to the American people, and despite partisan rancor, he has kept his promises. America is strong once again, America is safe once again, and America's economy is booming once again.
“I look forward to continue working with President Trump to end the opioid crisis, stop sanctuary cities, and lower the cost of healthcare."
Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Democrat from Arvada, via Twitter:
"We are in an unprecedented time in our country. Tonight, I had hoped to hear many ways in which Democrats and Republicans can work together to get things done for the hard working people in the middle. Unfortunately, I didn't hear much of that from the President.
"In spite of that, I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to ensure we are fighting for the issues important to families like lowering the cost of healthcare, climate change and an infrastructure package."
Rep. Ken Buck, Republican from Windsor:
"Thanks to President Trump’s pro-growth policies, the state of our union is strong. Colorado’s Fourth District joins communities across the nation in this historic economic success: wages are up, our state’s unemployment rate has hit a record low, and our labor force participation rate is rising.
"I look forward to building on this momentum in Congress by focusing on policies that support and promote working families, lower the cost of health care for Americans, secure our borders and protect our nation’s national security."
Rep. Scott Tipton, Republican from Cortez, via Twitter:
"The best is yet to come!. #SOTU"
Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll:
“The State of the Union is in deep trouble. We have a President who does not think any laws or ethics apply to him, and a rubber-stamp US Senate that is complicit in helping him confirm other corrupt and incompetent people to the Courts and to every federal agency. He has normalized lying from the highest office and embraces white supremacists as ‘very fine people.'
“Under Donald Trump, Coloradans' healthcare has been under constant attack, prescription drugs have skyrocketed, wage growth has stagnated, and the ultra wealthy have gotten even richer. The state of our union and our international reputation has suffered greatly under Donald Trump, and new leadership is urgently needed. Our country deserves better than a divisive and corrupt President who thinks he's above the law -- that's why Colorado will lead the way in ensuring Trump is defeated on Election Day in November.”
Colorado GOP Chairman Ken Buck:
"President Trump's State of the Union Address outlined an unprecedented record of achievements: Two terrorist leaders killed, two Supreme Court Justices confirmed, and two major trade deals signed into law — all in just the first three years of President Trump's leadership.
"With these massive accomplishments, as well as a record-breaking economy, there is no doubt that Coloradans in all four-corners are benefitting."
Content originally published by Colorado Politics on February 5, 2020.