Republican Ken Buck, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat in Colorado, has been dubbed “the next Sharron Angle” and received far-right endorsements from conservatives like Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and RedState editor Erick Erickson. However, on Thursday, Buck attempted to distance himself from his supporter Tom Tancredo, the former GOP congressman from Colorado, who called Obama “the greatest threat to our liberty” at a campaign event that also featured DeMint:
“The greatest threat to the United States today, the greatest threat to our liberty, the greatest threat to the Constitution, the greatest threat to our way of life, everything we believe in, the greatest threat to the country put together by the Founding Fathers, is the guy who is in the White House today,” Tancredo said in a report by the Denver Post.
Buck said he did not agree with Tancredo, though he’s glad to have his support.
“I was surprised when Tom said that, and I think Tom tends to exaggerate sometimes,” Buck said. “I respect, frankly, President Obama. I disagree with him on a lot of his policies.”
Taking the stage briefly after Tancredo, U.S. Senate hopeful Ken Buck said, “The other day my good friend and supporter, Tom Tancredo, said that the greatest threat to this country is the man who occupies the White House, Barack Obama. There is a lot of truth in what Tom Tancredo says.” [...]
“The greatest threat folks is not a single man, but rather the progressive liberal movement that is going on in this country. It is the $13 trillion of national debt; it is a huge threat to our security and financial system; Obamacare, cap and trade, card check, our disintegrating relationship with Israel. It is a huge threat to this county.”
Buck has tried hard to insist that he is not out of the mainstream — even though he has advocated eliminating the Departments of Education and Energy. So late Saturday, the Buck campaign did some damage control, with a spokesman stressing that Buck differed with Tancredo because of his belief that the greatest threat was more than just one man. This view, however, doesn’t make Buck any less extreme. Instead, it places him in the camp of people like Newt Gingrich (who has compared Democrats to Nazis) and far-right Mississippi state Sen. Alan Nunnelee (R) (who said that Democratic policies are “more dangerous” than 9/11 or Pearl Harbor).
Also at the Western Conservative Summit, Tancredo said that Obama should be impeached because he’s not doing enough to prevent terrorists from coming into the United States.