DENVER – Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Ken Buck Saturday flip-flopped on statements made Thursday by former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo that Barack Obama is the greatest threat to the United States, now claiming Tancredo’s comments had a lot of truth to them.
Speaking after Tancredo at the Conservative Western Summit on Saturday, where Tancredo reiterated statements made at a Buck supporter barbecue on Thursday, Weld County District Attorney Buck reversed his position.
“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,” Buck said Saturday. “There is a lot of truth in what Tom Tancredo says.”
When questioned as to whether Barack Obama is indeed the biggest threat to the United States, Buck originally said on Thursday: ““I think he has created a new word. It is called a ‘Tancredoism.’ I don’t agree. I think that there are a lot of threats in this country. I don’t think that the man in the White House is the greatest threat to this country at all.
“I am concerned about the direction of the country. I love Tom, but I don’t always agree with him.”
Buck declined to speak to the Colorado Independent about his appearance at the convention before going on the podium Saturday.
Tancredo on Thursday at the Buck barbecue said: “I believe this with all my heart, that 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.”
Here’s the full transcript of what Buck said on Saturday:
“The other day my good friend and supporter Tom Tancredo said that the greatest threat to this country is the man who occupied the White House, Barack Obama. And there is a lot of truth, a lot of truth in what Tom Tancredo said.
“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.
“Folks, picture this for just a second. If Obama leaves office, you turn on your TV and you hear the following, ‘I, Joseph Biden do solemnly swear.’ The threat continues because then Nancy Pelosi is in office, Harry Reid is in office, Barney Frank is in office … and the liberal progressives continue marching down that path. We can’t allow that and in November you will have that chance. And I will beat [Sen.] Michael Bennet on Nov. 2.”
Editor’s note: The headline on this story has been changed to better reflect Ken Buck’s comments Saturday on statements made Thursday by Tom Tancredo. While Buck did not agree that President Barack Obama is the “greatest threat” to the United States, he did say “there is a lot of truth in what Tom Tancredo says.” He went on to provide additional context, which has been added.