US Senate candidate Jane Norton stops in Steamboat |

US Senate candidate Jane Norton stops in Steamboat

Candidate discusses spending, health care Saturday

Margaret Hair

Jane Norton, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks during a breakfast meet and greet Saturday at the Egg & I Restaurant.

— Health care, jobs and governmental spending were at the top of the list of talking points for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton at a meet-and-greet event Saturday.

About 15 Routt County residents gathered at The Egg & I Restaurant for the informal discussion. After outlining her background, main issue positions and reasons for her candidacy, Norton fielded questions and concerns about education, the economy, health care and other issues. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., currently holds the seat for which Norton is competing.

Steamboat resident Lou Harris, a retired attorney, expressed concern about the country's deficit and ideas moving through the legislative process for health care reform. Norton suggested applying unspent stimulus funds and TARP money toward deficit reduction. For health care reform Norton mentioned "choice in competition, tax equity, purchasing across state lines and high-risk pools for those who really need help" as viable solutions.

Event attendee Will Potter said he wants to know "what specifically the candidate is going to do" about government spending and gave his experience in the transportation business as background for his concerns for small businesses in the economic climate.

Norton responded with her proposed plan to "cut discretionary spending by 20 percent" and freeze it there for three years; abandon proposed health care legislation and formulate a new plan; and "provide tax relief for our small businesses" by putting a three-year moratorium on payroll tax, doing away with estate tax and cutting corporate tax.

In response to an audience suggestion to significantly slash the federal budget, Norton referred to her recent television campaign advertisement criticizing President Barack Obama for spending. Mentioning doing away with the U.S. Department of Education as a way to cut spending and return educational choice to a more local level, Norton was met with applause.

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In her opening remarks, Norton outlined her disapproval of policies for stimulus spending, cap-and-trade emissions and health care reform.

"The federal government is out of control, over taxing, over spending, over regulating. It's striking job creation and it's striking the core of who we are as an independent people," Norton said.

After the event, Norton pointed to jobs, security and spending as focus points, highlighting a proposed plan to "halt deficit spending" and efforts at "keeping America free, safe and strong."

Norton was Colorado's lieutenant governor from 2002 to 2006. She was executive director for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment from 1999 to 2002. She worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan administrations.

Also in contention for the Republican nomination are businessman Tom Wiens and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck. Running for the Democratic nomination are U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and Denver Democrat Andrew Romanoff.

Norton stopped in SteamĀ­boat before appearances Saturday afternoon in Meeker and Saturday evening in Craig.


For information on Republican senatorial candidate and former Colorado lieutenant governor Jane Norton, visit Two other Republican candidates also are vying for the seat. They are businessman Tom Wiens ( and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck (http://www.buckforcolora…

Learn more about U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff, a Denver Democrat, on the Web at Learn about the 2010 campaign of current U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, also a Denver Democrat, at

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