FULL INTERVIEW: DNC Chair Tom Perez on Election in Colorado

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX/KFQX)- Colorado Democrats got an extra campaign boost Tuesday from Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, who attended various virtual and in-person events across the state to get out the vote for democrats. Perez joined KREX 5/Fox 4’s Adrian Thomas via Zoom to discuss key races in Colorado, and weigh in on the major issues impacting democrats up and down the ballot.

When asked about how the recent confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett may play into the highly contested senate race in Colorado between republican incumbent Cory Gardner and democratic challenger John Hickenlooper, Perez took shots at Gardner, criticizing him of stalling President Barack Obama’s appointment of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in 2016, but now rushing the confirmation of Barrett. Perez would not say whether he supports an effort by democrats to expand the Supreme Court in response to Barrett’s confirmation, otherwise known as court-packing, but says he supports Joe Biden’s plan to, if elected president, create a bipartisan commission to review the process Supreme Court justice nominations and appointments. Perez says he’s weary of what Barrett’s appointment might bring with any election-related cases that arise in the next several weeks.

“The court is a court with an asterisk right now,” Perez said.

Perez also voiced support for democrat Diane Mitsch Bush, who is in a tight race for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District against republican Lauren Boebert, a race which has attracted national attention.

Republicans across races in Colorado this election cycle are saying democrats will put an end to thousands of energy jobs in Colorado to due to democrats’ stance on environmental policy and eagerness to shift to clean, renewable sources of energy. On Senator Cory Gardner’s campaign website, the senator makes a claim that his opponent John Hickenlooper will put an end to 230,000 energy jobs in Colorado. Perez says this is not part of the democratic platform.

“Joe Biden has a plan to build a clean energy future and it’s a plan where workers are at the table,” Perez said. “The purpose of his plan is to create and continue to create good middle class unions jobs across this state and country.”

Perez cited a major endorsement from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers as evidence of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party’s commitment to energy workers.

Watch the full interview above to hear more from Perez on issues like election security, key races in Colorado, and Colorado voter turnout.

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