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Bennet, in tough Colo. Senate race, opposes Obama's infrastructure plan

By Paul Kane

In the latest blow to President Obama's proposed $50 billion infrastructure stimulus plan, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), a close White House ally, announced his opposition to any new spending to try to jump start job creation.

Bennet, who won a narrow Democratic primary last month in part because of Obama's overt support, said he would support the expansion of research-and-development credits for businesses, along with tax credits for clean energy and new capital purchases by companies.

But new spending on highways, railways and airports, done through a so-called infrastructure bank, would be too much spending for Bennet. He faces a tough general election against Republican Ken Buck, who has made goverment spending a hallmark of his conservative campiagn.

"I will not support additional spending in a second stimulus package. Any new transportation initiatives can be funded through the Recovery Act, which still contains unused funds," Bennet said. "Public-private partnerships that improve our infrastructure are a good idea, but must be paid for, should not add a dime to the deficit, and should be covered by unused Recovery Act dollars. We must make hard choices to significantly reduce the deficit."

Republicans have largely rejected the new spending, suggesting that the $814 billion "Recovery Act" has not provided the stimulative jolt to private-sector hiring that it was billed to do. "We've sort of been there, done that," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday in an interview.

With endangered Democrats such as Bennet backing away from the infrastructure proposal, its already long chances of passage have grown a bit more problematic.

By Paul Kane  |  September 8, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
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Comments

In Colorado, our Democratic Senate Primary Nomination was Stolen by Obama for Michael Bennet and Obamabots now want to just ignore the corrupt way the Washington DC crowd meddled in our primary. They want to ignore the New York Times "DPS" story and David Sirota commentary suggesting that Bennet invested Denver Public Schools money in risky WallStreet deals and the fact that Bennet Took Lots of WallStreet Cash. They want to Pretend that Bennet, who joined Evan Bayes ConservaDems, is a progressive.

Our Social Security and Medicare are under attack from Republicans and the battle will be lost if ConservaDems join the rethugs in cutting it.

Michael Benet is no progressive, nor are many of his loudest advocates.

A great many Angry Colorado Democrats will be Writing-In "Andrew Romanoff"
or Just Leaving the space "Blank"

To Protest this "rip-off" of our Primary.

Posted by: johnhkennedy | September 11, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

What? WHAT!?! After being a dependable OBAMA BOY and a REID AUTOMON, Bennett (Colorado) is going to say enough is enough on a measly $50 Billion in additional spending?
It's like having rung up $300,000. on credit cards and then not buying a tank of gas 'cause you don't want your credit card spending to get out of hand!
You think that is going to draw voters interested in fiscal wisdom to you?
The only people your going to draw are those whose income depends on the continued success of Democrats at the polls.
The only hope we have as a nation, is to stop letting the parties divide us ... get every citizen invested in the future of the country by paying taxes on their income ... the same PERCENTAGE of their income, no matter how great or small their income level is, and people's interest in fiscal sanity will become gasp ... Equal!
It would make it hard for either party to split the rich against the poor; black against white; etc.
Real wisdom is color blind and does not change for different levels of income. It is like gravity! It's the same for everyone.

Posted by: trevithick | September 9, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Bennett hasn't done anything for colorado since hes been elected. He has voted the obama agenda all the way and now he wants to oppose something. Give us a break this is nothing but political bandstanding to get a few votes. you should see the letter he sent me about my health care preminums increasing the most they ever have. Makes me want to cry when they get this idiot out of office, and maybe somebody who actually represents the people might get elected in his place he sure doesn't deserve an elected term a vote for bennett is a vote for obama and his left wing agenda

Posted by: ren51 | September 8, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Bennett hasn't done anything for colorado since hes been elected. He has voted the obama agenda all the way and now he wants to oppose something. Give us a break this is nothing but political bandstanding to get a few votes. you should see the letter he sent me about my health care preminums increasing the most they ever have. Makes me want to cry when they get this idiot out of office, and maybe somebody who actually represents the people might get elected in his place he sure doesn't deserve an elected term a vote for bennett is a vote for obama and his left wing agenda

Posted by: ren51 | September 8, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Kind of serves the dumb a**es in Colorado right...they had a chance to make a difference and they went along with Rahm Emanuel's choice, the DLC's "Establishment" choice, voted for Bennet, instead of the more progressive Andrew Ramonoff...I think that Arkansas will regret their Blanche Lincoln votes, too..will the Democratic base never understand the difference's between Corporatist right-leaning and "the people's" left-leaning progressive Democrats...?

Posted by: susannelsen | September 8, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Kind of serves the dumb a**es in Colorado right...they had a chance to make a difference and they went along with Rahm Emanuel's choice, the DLC's "Establishment" choice, voted for Bennet, instead of the more progressive Andrew Ramonoff...I think that Arkansas will regret their Blanche Lincoln votes, too..will the Democratic base never understand the difference's between Corporatist right-leaning and "the people's" left-leaning progressive Democrats...?

Posted by: susannelsen | September 8, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

This is a great way for Bennett to lose. If the democratic voters want a republican they will vote for Buck.
Democrats never learn when you take the republican position you lose, your base doesn't show up and people will vote for the real republican.

Posted by: jtemple1 | September 8, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

So what, exactly is a "corporate entity"? Would that be an INDIVIDUAL who also happens to be a citizen? Well, by definition, seems that (s)he is part of "We the People", eh?

Democrats versus the rest of the world, just like labor VERSUS management.

Do you morons ever learn?

Posted by: sosueme1 | September 8, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Robostop10 has got to be kidding. If we the people are not the answer, who is, the corporate entities?

Posted by: alexash | September 8, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference? Bennet or Buck? He's worse than Norton. And he's no Democrat. Makes me wonder about Hickenlooper, too. Investing in the nation's infrastructure is lot smarter than throwing money at impossible wars. Terrorists are criminals. Treat them as such, and bring the investments back to construction -- not destruction.

Romanoff, Romanoff, wherefore art thou, Romanoff?

Posted by: alexash | September 8, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Democrats turning into republican-lite! Whoda' thunk it? And all this time I was convinced that government spending was always the answer, anytime, anywhere. I mean, didn't FDR and nearly every brain-dead, Keynesian democrat that came after him teach us that?

MORONS!

Posted by: sosueme1 | September 8, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

All this "stimulus" plan for infrastructure is for the unions who have backed Obama from Day 1. This "plan" won't do a thing for the economy. Government needs to get out of the way, cut taxes for every tax bracket, let the private sector, which creates 85-90% of the jobs in this country, loose. Government isn't the answer.

Posted by: robostop10 | September 8, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

All this "stimulus" plan for infrastructure is for the unions who have backed Obama from Day 1. This "plan" won't do a thing for the economy. Government needs to get out of the way, cut taxes for every tax bracket, let the private sector, which creates 85-90% of the jobs in this country, loose. Government isn't the answer.

Posted by: robostop10 | September 8, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

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