February 2003, campaigning for a nonpartisan at-large City Council seat, which he lost: "I'm a Republican. I am proud to say I'm a Republican. I was a Republican when I was in ninth grade, and I'll be a Republican when they stick me in the ground."
April 2007, during a Council discussion on city support of a Diversity Forum festival: "I'll be blunt. What I see happening is an expansion of the definition of marriage. And a display of an event like that, that's a political issue."
From an interview with the Independent in 2008:
• "When I grew up, the number of minorities that were around in my neighborhood was small."
• "I remember when I graduated from the [Air Force] Academy someone asked me, 'What are you going to do?' I said I was going to come back and run for local politics once I left my active duty career. ... The sky's the limit. You never know. From ninth grade on, if people didn't take me serious [sic] that I was hooked on politics, then I think you look at my track record and everything I've done, it shows you that I'm probably the most politically ambitious person on Council."
• "I personally believe leaders are born and you can't educate people to be a leader. You either have it or you don't, and you need to groom those people that have leadership abilities."
About President Obama's candidacy in 2008:
"I always take issue with the fact that he's labeled the first black president, because it totally ignores the other half of his family. He is the product of a mixed-race environment and because of his skin color he's automatically labeled as the first potential black president. He represents a lot of different cultures that come forward, and I think that all of them should be recognized and embraced. ... It's an important day whether he's successful or not that we're to the point ... where we're able to go forward regardless of your race or your sex, you can represent this nation and community."
In 2009 about the vote to approve city funding for the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters:
"I believe this is a project that easily could have been ratified by the electorate."
In 2009, after voters approved Issue 300 that meant shutting down the city's stormwater enterprise, "We still have a bigger issue, and that's building the community's confidence in the city."
In 2010 while running for county commissioner:
"[I have been] very instrumental in what I consider the reshaping of the Republican party on a local level" toward fiscal conservatism.
March 26, at the El Paso County Republican assembly:
"Hillary Clinton needs to be removed from her pant suit and put into a jump suit."
April 9, state Republican assembly:
• Immigration: "I don't know what people don't understand about illegal. We need to make sure that we terminate those strings that encourage people to violate the rule of law."
• Bipartisan relationships: "We need to step up and lead, ladies and gentlemen. I'm tired of reaching across the aisle."
• Abortion rights: "I am proud to sit here and tell you I will be a strong defender of the rights of the unborn. And I want you to listen up. If there's taxpayer funding going, listen up, Planned Parenthood, any taxpayer funding going to the dismemberment of our babies, I will vote to defund you."[Editor's note: Videos purportedly linking Planned Parenthood with the sale of infant body parts have been widely debunked.]
• Foreign relations: "Ladies and gentlemen, as your next U.S. senator, the first thing I'm going to do is to call for a vote to repeal the Iran nuclear deal. Ladies and gentlemen, I then want to put together a coalition to send a very clear and decisive message that if you threaten any of our friends, especially Israel, we will unleash the power of the greatest fighting force on the face of the earth and that's the United States military."
June 28, after winning the Republican primary:
"Two things we want to focus on. The first thing is trust, reestablishing that trusting relationship between the citizens of this state and their elected officials. Second, battling that state of unbelief. You have to believe that we can be great."
July 8, in a campaign news release reacting to the shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers:
"In the coming days, we must beware of those who would attempt to divide Americans along racial or political lines in a time of crisis. 'White privilege' is not to blame, black parents who worry about their children being killed by police are not to blame, the Republican Party is not to blame, the Democratic Party is not to blame, the Second Amendment is not to blame. Evil people are to blame. Period."
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