Wake Up! with Randy Corporon, Cory Gardner, October 2, 2014

Station:   KLZ, 560 AM

Show:      Wake Up! with Randy Corporon

Guests:    Gardner, C

Link:        https://soundcloud.com/randycorporon

Date:       October 2, 2014

Topics:     Mark Udall, United States Senate, Washington DC, Keystone Pipeline, Minimum Wage, Unalienable Rights, Appointment, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Barrack Obama, Harry Reid, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Interior, Energy Development, Natural Gas, Ukraine, Russian Energy Monopolies, Steny Hoyer, Bipartisan Support, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare, Super Majority, Medical Device Tax, War on Women, Democratic Party, Unborn, Birth Control, Prescription Medicines, Asthma, Contraception, Claritan, Bureaucrats, Healthcare,

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[The following represents notes taken during this broadcasted interview.  All portions, except where identified as transcribed sections, are paraphrased from the questions and responses between the host and the guest.]

GUEST HOST AND COLORADO GOP VICE CHAIR, MARK BAISLEY:   Boy, we are not just setting out to try to win some elections, here. We’re trying to save a nation, a nation that’s been phenomenally under attack.  And my own congressman, Cory Gardner is stepping up to the plate and running to try to displace the misplaced Mark Udall in the United States Senate.  So Congressman Gardner, thank you for joining us this morning

U.S. CONGRESSMAN AND GOP CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATE, CORY GARDNER:  Hey! Good Morning, Mark.  Thanks for having me on.

BAISLEY:   Boy, things are looking pretty good!  I mean, certainly the mood of the country, but the mood of the state seems to be ready to do just that — to throw the bums out and put some folks in who are much more Constitutionally minded, who respect the founding principles of this nation.  Tell us — you know, I think would be of most interest to folks listening in this morning is what’s the core of Cory Gardner?  What is it that drives you?  Because, boy, you are on the front lines. What just drives you in this?

GARDNER:  This just boils down to a fairly simple point to me:  It is how we get less Washington in Colorado and more Colorado in Washington. It’s about how we get back to leading our lives, our businesses, our families, the way we want to without the impediments, the encroachments, the overreach of our government.  And look, I’m excited about the people of Colorado.  I’m excited about the opportunities this country has, but right now, we have a Washington DC that has decided it can control every little aspect — it can dictate, mandate, regulate everything that we do. And the American people are worse off for it.  The people who suffer most under that kind of big government attitude are the people who can least afford it — the people who are looking for jobs who could be employed by the Keystone Pipeline, that wouldn’t earn minimum wage but they’d earn 20 or thirty dollars and hour.  Instead of not having a job, they could have a job.  But the president has decided that he’d rather kowtow to big government

BAISLEY:   Indeed.  Yeah, being told the size of our toilets, the wattage of our bulbs, or whether it’s a curlicue shape and so on and so on, uh, mandating how we get our healthcare and all that, all of these intrusions on our life, uh, just got to stop.  That’s just — it flies in the face of the liberty that we deserve, that is endowed to us by our unalienable rights.  You know what occurs to me, Congressman, is when — with the Senate — now, we are not in control of the Senate.  We’re close.  It’s looking pretty good.  Your win will take us over the top and get us in control, and what I think that means, is — I want to bounce this off of you.  Tell me if I’m right, here.  The biggest impact that a president will have will be the appointment of US Supreme Court justices.  Now the Senate gets to make those approvals, and with the reelection of Barack Obama, the biggest fear for me and many others was, “Oh no!  He’s got not just 4, but now he has 8 years to replace some of these folks who are really getting up there in years, and some like Ruth Bader Ginsburg –her health is not great, and so on.”  But can the Senate really be that stopgap?  If we control –if you’re in there along with others, and we have a majority control of conservatives, can we stop some really horrible appointments that President Obama might present to the Senate in –uh, next year?

GARDNER:  Well, look what Harry Reid did when it came to appointments, when he pursued the nuclear option.  They broke the rules to change the rules because they wanted President Obama to be able to put people in places where they could cause harm, or not follow the law to the degree that it should be, and under their oath.  And so, I mean, if you look at our country, if you look at what the Senate has done — approving people to the EPA, approving people to other administrative positions — in fact, Mark Udall and the President approved a nominee to the Department of Interior who said the greatest threat to the western United States was energy Development, and natural gas.  And so, those are the kind of people, — it’s beyond the Court, it’s people throughout this state and nation who are against the interest of getting this economy back to work.

BAISLEY:   Boy, and so, how would things shape up?  I mean, it looks like the President or the Secretary of State, even, can get in the way of things like the Keystone project , because it crosses an international border.  I know a lot of private industry is doing phenomenal things that — to generate domestic energy.  But the President has a role, the Secretary of State has a role, when it comes to something international like a pipeline coming across from Canada into the U.S.  Um, boy, with a control — a majority control of the Republicans in the Senate, can that be cut loose somehow?

GARDNER:  Absolutely.  In fact, we’ve passed multiple times out of the House of Representatives legislation that would approve the Keystone Pipeline that would change this hold up that is occurring.  It has received bipartisan support.  Democrats support it, as well.  It’s just that people like Harry Reid and Mark Udall, not only refuse to vote on it, to bring it up, but when they do get a chance to vote on it, Mark Udall votes against it.  So, that’s absolutely something we can change, and I think within the first few day of the new majority of the Senate, we put the Keystone Pipeline on the President’s desk.

BAISLEY:   Oh!  I love that!  So, I’ve heard that Harry Reid has got a stack of bills that go to the ceiling sitting on top of his desk, that he just sits on, that have been passed by you guys in the House, and that he just sits on there because the probably would pass, and, or —

GARDNER:  That’s right.

BAISLEY:   –at least, they would put people on record. Can– what are some of the other ones that you guys could cut loose once you take control.

GARDNER:  You know, I passed a bill right at the end of July that would allow the expedited permit approval process of liquefied natural gas exports.  That would help nations like Ukraine break their reliance on Russian energy monopolies.  It would also lift 45,000 people in this country off of the unemployment rolls.  That passed with bipartisan support. Steny Hoyer, leadership of the House voted for my bill. It’s sitting on the desk of Harry Reid along with over 200 other pieces of legislation, many of which have strong bipartisan support that could get this government working.  And look, we have people around the state, around the country, who are hurting, they’re paying more for gas. They’re paying higher college tuition prices.  They’re paying more for food.  They’re working harder than they ever had, and they feel like their opportunities are slipping further behind because they’re earning less than they were.  And it’s all because the failed policies of this administration — people like Mark Udall who have been with him hook, line, and sinker, that we’ve had this moment in our time where people just can’t get ahead because the government is keeping them from it.

BAISLEY:   Well, so, also, as I understand, the House has passed multiple bills trying to reverse, modify, and so on, Obamacare. What might we be able to put on the President’s desk when it comes to trying to fix that just horrific assault on freedoms.

GARDNER:  I think that people ought to be in charge of their healthcare. I think individuals — patients– ought to be working with their doctors for their healthcare, instead of government bureaucrats deciding for us.  And that’s exactly what Obamacare has done.  Mark Udall, Barack Obama put government bureaucrats between people and their doctors.  So, what can be done?  I think we need to put in its place ideas that will actually work to lower the cost of care, increase the quality of care.  We can allow for people with pre-existing conditions to have health insurance.  We can create those opportunities without creating this 2700 page bill of Obamacare.  And we can repeal things like the independent payment advisory board, which tells people what medical services they can and cannot have in Medicare.  This is a board that has veto power–basically have veto power, over Congress.  When they make a decision, Congress can only overrule them with a super majority of votes.  The medical device tax, that’s hurting jobs!  It’s a gross revenue tax.  It’s hurting job development right here in Colorado.  Those are things that can be done in the first month of being back in the new majority

BAISLEY:   Now, you’ve come under a great attack by the whole War on Women approach — that single issue item that the left is doing — the Democratic Party — is just beating up our side with all of the War on Women, um, “we’re trying to restrict your rights”, and of course, that is the one hammer that they’ve got, when they’re trying to restrict everything else that a woman does in her life.  You’ve been just a wonderful champion for life — for the unborn and I want to tell you publicly here, how much I appreciate that you champion that cause and to not back down from all that.  But you’ve also responded — and I think it’s a really good message, that you’ve responded here recently on trying to expand women’s liberty in access to birth control, because I know it’s not your goal. It’s not any goal of anyone that I know of to try to restrict anyone’s birth control methodology and so on.  But, you’ve tried to get things out of the prescription control, which I appreciate.  I appreciate that I’d like to see that expanded to a lot of others, like my asthma medicine, and so on.  I don’t know why the government involves itself so much in things like prescription medicines, I mean, some things, it might make sense to control.  It might have danger, but birth control? Asthma? So, Can you tell us more about your thinking and what we might do to loosen up that grip on our lives.

GARDNER:  Sure. Absolutely. You know, I believe in increasing access,– that we should increase access, –that the oral contraceptions, making them available over the counter, without a prescription, changing Obamacare–the provision of Obamacare that prohibits insurance from reimbursing over-the-counter medication.  I think that will expand access and it would lower costs.  Look, when we made things like Claritan over the counter, it lowered the cost of those pharmaceuticals. And so, people can still have insurance — people will still have insurance that covers it, but the fact is we need it available — cheaper, easier, around the clock.  I believe this solution does that.  Now, Mark Udall wants to put bureaucrats between you and your healthcare.  I think that is the wrong approach.

BAISLEY:   Sure.  So, he’s been–Mark Udall’s been the shill for the President for his entire six years here, and it’s time for him to be moving on.  As you point out in commercials, he’s a nice guy!  [I} worked with him myself on a matter.  He is a nice guy.  There’s plenty of things people can do in life by being a nice guy, other than representing us in United States Senate.  Um, I hope so much that you win and I look forward to seeing what you do for us in the United States Senate.  How can folks step in and help your campaign and get you over the top?

GARDNER:  Well, we would love to hear from everybody.   Contact us through our website.  Our phone number is on there, our email, Twitter, Facebook.  It’s CoryGardner.com [spells out the URL]  You know we just have barely over 30 days left in this race.  We need to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to show the American public what Colorado can do, as the tip of the spear.  It has become number six in the new majority.

BAISLEY:   You know, beautiful.  I have to tell you, Cory.  When I saw the Quinnipiac poll come out for Bob Beauprez and it showed such a huge lead, I said, “You know what?  I’ll believe that if I see Quinnipiac come out with a similar poll for Cory Gardner.”  Sure enough, the next day, here they come out and showing you –.  Now, I know it’s going to be a tight race, and there’s no relaxing, and we have to win not just by the margin of error, but the margin of fraud, so every hand on deck!  Let’s get Cory Gardner as our next United States Senate.  Thank you for calling in, Congressman!

GARDNER:  Hey, Mark, thanks for having me!