Reaction from Colorado delegation to President Obama's ISIS speech

The Denver Post

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Washington, DC, September 11, 2014 | By Anthony Cotton | comments

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Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter was perhaps the most gung-ho about the initiative, saying, "The president's response to the actions of the terrorists and murderers who call themselves the 'Islamic State' was strong and direct."

However, Republican Rep. Mike Coffman argued that the president's plan didn't go far enough.

"President (George W.) Bush did too much, getting us involved in a costly and unnecessary occupation, but President Obama has done too little to take the fight to those who seek to do us harm," Coffman said. "But we have ignored this threat for far too long. We cannot continue leading from behind."

Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees, wanted to ensure that any plan went through proper channels.Added Republican Rep. Cory Gardner: "The president's mishandling of our nation's foreign policy and his failure to formulate a clear strategic vision to confront these threats has led us to the tragic series of events unfolding across the Middle East. ... He must follow through with tangible, tactical action that meets this shared goal."

"I believe any expanded U.S. military role beyond airstrikes in the fight against (the Islamic State) must be approved by Congress," Udall said. "The American people must be assured that we are not pursuing another open-ended conflict in the Middle East, and I will not give this president — or any other president — a blank check to begin another land war in Iraq."

Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette stressed the need for bipartisanship on the issue.

"Congress should consult closely with the president to develop a plan to defeat these terrorists," she said. "At the same time, Congress needs to set partisan distractions aside to work together on further diplomatic or military actions."

Republican Rep. Scott Tipton said that wouldn't be a problem.

"While I believe it is overdue, I welcome the president's attention to the matter this evening and stand ready with my colleagues in Congress to work responsibly with him," he said.

Meanwhile, Democratic congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff, who is running against Coffman, said the existence of the Islamic State "poses a grave threat to the United States, the Middle East and the world. Its atrocities are an affront to civilization."Democratic Rep. Jared Polis said: "I was encouraged by the president's remarks this evening. It is clear that he is committed to seeking alternatives to military options wherever possible, using our armed forces only when absolutely necessary to protect American lives and our allies."

Other members of the delegation did not immediately respond to requests for comments. In an e-mail , representatives for Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet said he was waiting for a Thursday briefing from the Obama administration.

Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter was perhaps the most gung-ho about the initiative, saying, "The president's response to the actions of the terrorists and murderers who call themselves the 'Islamic State' was strong and direct."

However, Republican Rep. Mike Coffman argued that the president's plan didn't go far enough.

"President (George W.) Bush did too much, getting us involved in a costly and unnecessary occupation, but President Obama has done too little to take the fight to those who seek to do us harm," Coffman said. "But we have ignored this threat for far too long. We cannot continue leading from behind."

Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees, wanted to ensure that any plan went through proper channels.Added Republican Rep. Cory Gardner: "The president's mishandling of our nation's foreign policy and his failure to formulate a clear strategic vision to confront these threats has led us to the tragic series of events unfolding across the Middle East. ... He must follow through with tangible, tactical action that meets this shared goal."

"I believe any expanded U.S. military role beyond airstrikes in the fight against (the Islamic State) must be approved by Congress," Udall said. "The American people must be assured that we are not pursuing another open-ended conflict in the Middle East, and I will not give this president — or any other president — a blank check to begin another land war in Iraq."

Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette stressed the need for bipartisanship on the issue.

"Congress should consult closely with the president to develop a plan to defeat these terrorists," she said. "At the same time, Congress needs to set partisan distractions aside to work together on further diplomatic or military actions."

Republican Rep. Scott Tipton said that wouldn't be a problem.

"While I believe it is overdue, I welcome the president's attention to the matter this evening and stand ready with my colleagues in Congress to work responsibly with him," he said.

Meanwhile, Democratic congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff, who is running against Coffman, said the existence of the Islamic State "poses a grave threat to the United States, the Middle East and the world. Its atrocities are an affront to civilization."Democratic Rep. Jared Polis said: "I was encouraged by the president's remarks this evening. It is clear that he is committed to seeking alternatives to military options wherever possible, using our armed forces only when absolutely necessary to protect American lives and our allies."

Other members of the delegation did not immediately respond to requests for comments. In an e-mail , representatives for Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet said he was waiting for a Thursday briefing from the Obama administration.

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