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Schaffer says Udall opposes all drilling

Mike McKibbin
Rifle CO, Colorado
Kelley Cox/Post IndependentU.S. Senate candidate, Bob Schaffer, takes a look around as he tours the new West Garfield Campus of Colorado Mountain College in Rifle Wednesday afternoon.

RIFLE, Colorado ” Natural resources like natural gas are in abundance in Western Colorado and Western Garfield County, so they should be responsibly developed, republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer told workers for EnCana Oil and Gas in Parachute.

Speaking in a crowded tent on Tuesday Schaffer , who is facing Democratic Congressman Mark Udall for the seat Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo, will vacate, said Udall is opposed to all drilling.

“Congressman Udall has been in Washington for 10 years and he’s constantly on the side of constraining energy development at every step of the way,” Schaffer said. “The tragedy is that when you hear about America’s need for energy independence, Congress, under the Democrats, have had more votes and moved votes to put it all off limits.”

On Wednesday, Schaffer toured the Colorado Mountain College Rifle campus.

Schaffer, from Fort Collins, served as Colorado’s 4th district congressman from 1997-2003, when he left office to fulfill a voluntary term limits pledge.

Schaffer also told gas workers that the current national economic crisis is not the time to increase taxes, as he said Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama would do.

“Is it any wonder we’re losing American jobs to countries overseas?” Schaffer asked. “It seems it’s the policy of this country to punish businesses if they’re profitable and successful. Americans are getting sick and tired as a nation of having no plan for economic growth, then they watch Congress turn around and pay billions of dollars to companies who have collapsed.”

Schaffer said it was likely Democrats would retain control of both houses of Congress, so it was imperative to elect John McCain president.

“Single party dominance is never good, no matter which party,” he said. “In Colorado, you have the Democrats in charge of the governor’s office and both the state house and senate. As a result, Colorado has gone from a state that was attractive to businesses to one that isn’t too desirable.”

In his own race against Udall, Schaffer said some recent polls had him slightly behind.

“But there are still many undecided voters out there,” he said. “In just a week from today, Americans will assert their leadership and go to the polls. I’m hoping you’ll help me out.”

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