Gardner’s Votes to Privatize Medicare under Scrutiny in Wake of Trump’s Comments

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Sen. Cory Gardner standing behind President Donald Trump.

In the wake of Trump’s comments last week that he’s willing to “look” at federal spending on entitlements, a progressive group is putting renewed scrutiny on U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) stance on Medicare and Social Security, including Gardner’s statement during his last Senate race that he would vote in the Senate to privatize Medicare, as he’d voted to do during his House tenure.

“At some point they will be,” Trump said, when asked if entitlements were on his agenda. “At the right time, we will take a look at that.”

Specifically, Trump stated his willingness to look at curbing Medicare spending.

“When you take a closer look at the records of the Senate’s most vulnerable Republicans, the takeaway is clear: Donald Trump just made their reelections infinitely harder,” said Zach Hudson, a spokesman for American Bridge in a news release, spotlighting Gardner, among other senators. “Their long track records of voting to cut Medicare and Social Security are now fair game and will receive renewed scrutiny, and that’s a recipe for disaster for these incumbent Senators.”

In the news release, Hudson pointed to a series of votes, like this one, by Gardner during his four years in the U.S. House, from 2010 to 2014, for the so-called Ryan budget, which would have, among other things, privatized Medicare. Hudson also listed multiple votes, like this one, by Gardner to raise the age of eligibility for Medicare and Social Security, even though he’d once promised not to do so.

In his comments last week, Trump did not specify how he’d address Medicare spending.

Asked during his 2014 senate race against Democrat Mark Udall if he would vote again in the U.S. Senate for the “Ryan Budget,” Gardner signaled his willingness to do so. And he offered a strong defense of his Ryan-budget vote.

“Well, I would vote for a bill [Ryan budget] that allows us to balance the budget, that protects Medicare, and that’s what I did, Senator Udall, was voted for a bill that protects Medicare, that protects retirees and their social safety nets,” Gardner said on C-Span.

This isn’t surprising coming from Gardner, who made no secret of his admiration for Ryan himself.

“This is a guy [Ryan] who understands the budget and the economy perhaps better than anybody other than Mitt Romney,” Gardner once said.

A call to Gardner’s office, seeking a reaction to Trump’s comments, was not returned.

7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. notaskinnycook says:

    Go head, Cory. Mess with the old people. They’ve got plenty of time to on their hands to mess with you. Phone banking for Democrats, getting exercise walking precincts for Democrats, stuffing envelopes for Democrats …

  2. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Old people can also figure out semantics issues in articles. 1st paragraph in this article……….

    "Gardner's statement during his last Senate race that he would vote in the Senate…."

    Uh, he's had only 1 Senate race.

  3. harrydoby says:

    Cory Gardner gets hammered in the New York Times this morning.

    President Trump lost Colorado by 5 percentage points in 2016, and he’s on pace to lose it by more this year. His most recent approval rating there was 39 percent, according to Morning Consult.

    His unpopularity creates a problem for Cory Gardner, a first-term Republican senator from Colorado, who will be running for re-election this year — which makes Gardner’s behavior during the impeachment trial especially striking. Rather than act as the senator he is, with his own power to shape events, Gardner has served as a Trump loyalist.

    Gardner has not expressed skepticism about the obvious lies Trump’s lawyers are telling. Gardner doesn’t seem concerned about Trump perverting foreign policy for his own personal interests. And Gardner has shown no interest in hearing all the relevant evidence by calling witnesses to testify.

    Gardner is making a bet. Even though many of his constituents — most, perhaps — believe that Trump has violated his oath of office, Gardner has evidently decided that he can safely ignore them.

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