DENVER -- Congressman Ed Perlmutter is joining the race for Colorado’s gubernatorial seat in 2018.
On this week’s Politics Unplugged, Denver7’s Nicole Brady asked Perlmutter why he wants to come back to lead Colorado after a decade in Congress.
“Washington’s pretty stuck right now and if it’s not stuck, it’s also going backwards on environmental protections, on workplace safety protections, on education, on health care,” Perlmutter said. “I feel the state is a place that can act as a check and balance on some of these things. I’ve lived here my whole life. I love this place. It’s been good to my family as it has to so many others and I want to keep it that way.”
Perlmutter also talked about last weekend’s air attack in Syria.
“The president needs to come to Congress to get more formal authorization,” the congressman said. “I think the strikes in Syria after the war crime that was committed by Assad and the release of chemical weapons, the sarin gas...-- I can appreciate the quick strike, but there has got to be policy that follows that up and I don’t think the President has that right now.”
Politics Unplugged airs Sundays at 4:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Denver7.