A vote for Sen. Mark Udall is essentially a vote for President Obama. That’s the association Udall was hiding from all week long. But, that association is hard to hide from when facts everywhere continue to back it up. It’s long been known and cited that Udall votes with Obama 99% of the time. Not only is this the worst percentage among vulnerable Senate Democrats, it actually puts him square in the company of the bluest of blue Senators; Senators like California deep blue liberal Barbara Boxer, progressives’ favorite Elizabeth Warren (actually to the left of her 97%), New York liberal Kirsten Gillibrand, and everyone’s favorite curmudgeon Harry Reid.
Now, earlier this week the wonks over at FiveThirtyEight crunched some numbers to rate the Senate candidates of the most competitive races this year. What should come as no shock to any Coloradan who has been paying attention, Mark Udall was ranked the most liberal. By looking at a candidate’s votes, their statements, and their donors, FiveThirtyEight could find no more liberal Senator than Udall. As they write:
Democrat Mark Udall is rated as the most liberal of the candidates running in a competitive Senate race this year. [the Peak’s emphasis]
At the same time, out of ten races, Gardner falls right in the middle of them as the sixth most moderate. This shouldn’t come as a surprise either, just look at the respective campaigns they have run. While Udall is off at the beck and call of an eco-extremist, Gardner has been pushing for a commonsense policy on the Keystone XL pipeline which over 60% of Coloradans agree with. While Udall wants to give more power to Obama to interfere in the daily lives of Coloradans, Gardner has been standing up for Coloradans against Obama. While Udall is busy writing letters and climbing mountains, Gardner is actually getting legislation passed.
Here’s the bottom line in this race: Udall has refused to stand up to Obama and the disastrous path Obama has taken America on, not just domestically, but internationally as well. This failure by Udall isn’t because he lacks the will (have you heard, he hikes mountains), rather he lacks the desire. This is because Udall is just as liberal as Obama if not more so. If Colorado sends Udall back to Washington, D.C. for another six years, it is a clear endorsement from Coloradans that we approve of what Obama is doing. Knowing the fierce independent spirit of Coloradans, we know this is clearly not the case.
If there was any doubt where Udall stands on Obama, these really sweet words should clear it all up: