At this critical crossroads in American history, I believe we are all called to step up to even greater service. That's why I'm running for the U.S. Senate.
In a U.S. Senate dominated by lawyers and professional politicians I believe there is room for at least one new Senator with real-world business experience, bringing fresh perspective and new leadership to a Congress too often gridlocked by stale ideas and political gridlock. With your help, I can be that Senator.
Working together we can reduce the crushing tax burden, create more good-paying jobs, help parents get the best education for their children, and protect our special quality of life. And we can pull together to protect our homeland, keeping us safe from terrorism.
We can do these things and more - if we step up together.
Male; Age:58; Married; Spouse:Marilyn; Children:Father of six children; Place of Birth:Golden, CO; Home Town:Golden, CO
bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Cornell University master's degree in business administration from the University of Denver in 1970
His numerous and diverse civic responsibilities include serving as a trustee and member of the executive board of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and a member of the National Western Stock Show Association executive committee. He also is a member of the International Chapter of Young Presidents Organization and a trustee for the Seeds of Hope Foundation. Pete serves as Chairman for the Vision 2006 Campaign for Johnson & Wales University at Denver and is a board member of the University of Colorado Hospital.
Catholic Previous Affiliations:Episcopalian
I have a fundamental belief in the sanctity of human life. I am opposed to abortion.
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
In the past three years, more than 100 million American taxpayers have seen their income tax bills reduced. And 23 million small businesses have tax savings to invest in new equipment, new facilities and new workers.
The result is that more than 300,000 jobs were created in March - the biggest increase in four years. I believe this trend will continue because we are now seeing some of the strongest economic growth rates in years.
I'm proud that one of my daughters is a teacher. Through her I see the difference that she and other good teachers make in the lives of young Coloradans.
Every child deserves a chance at a quality education. Denying the best education to a boy or
a girl snuffs out the light of ambition in their eyes. We must help parents get the best education
for their children. And we must do everything we can to help teachers do the job they are called to do.
In Colorado, we have put into place accountability and standards in our public schools and I believe this is an important step toward improving our schools.
With fifty-seven lawyers in a Senate dominated by professional politicians, no wonder spending is out of control. As a businessman, I've lived within budgets and created jobs. I know we can cut spending and balance the budget - without raising your taxes.
I believe marriage is between a man and woman. I oppose the activist judges who try to change the traditional definition of marriage.
As an avid sportsman and hunter, I believe that we must protect our right to bear arms. I also believe in teaching our children proper respect for firearms and the freedom that our forefathers gave us with the Second Amendment.
Lawsuit abuse in America is out of control. It's causing health care costs to skyrocket and putting doctors out of business. While we lose, the trial lawyers cash in and liberal judges turn a blind-eye. All the lawyers and professional politicians in the Senate won't change things. But I will.
The number one job of our federal government as outlined in the Constitution is protecting our homeland and keeping us safe from enemies. Today, our nation confronts enemies like we have never seen. Those enemies seek to destroy all we, and those who cherish freedom hold dear.
We're blessed by the brave men and women who wear our nation's uniform and safeguard our freedom. I believe we must give our military the resources they need so they can continue to be the best fighting force in the world.
Creating jobs and strengthening the economy is at the top of my agenda. With 35 years of business experience, it's a topic that I understand. Big, growing, burdensome government gets in the way of job creation and job preservation. That's why I am committed to streamlining government, reducing red tape and bureaucracy on business, simplifying the tax code, and tackling the tough issue of tort reform and frivolous lawsuits.
The booming trial laywer industry is fueling an increase in health care costs across the country. As a result of frivolous litigation, medical malpractice insurance premiums hve skyrocketed, giving physicians and hospitals little choice - leave the industry, increase the cost of service, and cheapen your care. As United States Senator, I will stop the cycle of litigation. Medical decisions should be made between the doctor and his patient - not the lawyer and his lawsuit.
A sound health care policy should create new opportunity for consumers, provide greater choices and empower the customer to customize his or her health care plans to best fit their individual need. Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are one such tool. Established as a kind of medical IRA, HSAs can improve the nation's health care delivery system by allowing individuals to have direct control over their health care dollars.
To provide more Americans with insurance while protecting small businesses and low income workers from skyrocketing costs, my plan calls for Association Health Plans (AHP). Association Health plans allow small firms, farmers and ranchers, churches, Chambers of Commerce and other groups to combine forces, giving them the buying power they need to negotiate favorable insurance rates.
I support efforts that would allow workers to use tax credits to help purchase their own insurance coverage if their employers do not offer it.
I believe in free trade where there is a level playing field and support importation so long as certain requirements are met that guarantee safety as assure the import does not undermine U.S. trade companies through unfair trade practices.
I will fight to make the tax cuts permanent. Millions of Coloradans are benefitting from the tax cuts. Unlike my opponent, I would like to see this continue.