Sen. Mark Udall may not want to campaign with President Barack Obama but the Colorado Democrat has no problem voting with him.
Udall voted in favor of the president’s policies or positions 99 percent of the time in 2013, up from 96 percent in 2012, according to the Congressional Quarterly annual report on presidential support released Monday.
The report comes a week after Udall dodged questions from a CNN reporter following Obama’s State of the Union address, who asked whether the state’s senior senator would campaign with the president, whose approval numbers have fallen to an all-time low in Colorado.
State Rep. Amy Stephens (R-Monument) said the figures show that Udall is “blindly taking orders from President Obama instead of serving his constituents.”
“After casting the deciding vote for Obamacare, Senator Udall has rarely missed an opportunity to cast a vote supporting the president’s failed agenda,” Stephens said in a statement. “He has failed to provide the independent leadership that Colorado expects from its elected officials and has proven that he would rather serve as a loyal foot solider for this administration and its disastrous policies.”
Stephens is one of four Republicans seeking the Senate nomination to challenge Udall in November.
Udall has taken a beating in the polls for voting for the increasingly unpopular Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, and also insisting that Coloradans may keep their previous health-care policies if they choose.
More than 335,000 Coloradans have seen their insurance policies cancelled under Obamacare. Most people have been offered new insurance policies, but typically with higher premiums and deductibles.
The Colorado Republican Party released a statement calling Udall one of the president’s “most loyal supporters in the Senate.”
“Senator Udall can run, but he can’t hide from his record,” party chairman Ryan Call said. “Coloradans can’t afford a senator who rubber-stamps every piece of the president’s failed agenda, and our state deserves better than a senator who does little more than carry the water for Barack Obama at the expense of the hardworking families of Colorado.”
Udall wasn’t the only Colorado Democrat throwing his full support behind the White House: Colorado’s junior senator, Democrat Michael Bennet, also voted with the president 99 percent of the time.
Udall and Bennet’s support for Obama was the highest in the Colorado delegation. Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette voted with the president 94 percent of the time, while Rep. Jared Polis showed the least support among Democrats for the president, siding with him 79 percent of the time.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted with the president 83 percent of the time. All four Republican House members sided with the White House less than 16 percent of the time.