Bob Kinsey is the Green Party candidate running for the 4th
Congressional District in Colorado for the U.S. House of
Representatives against incumbent Republican Marilyn Musgrave and
Democratic candidate Stan Matsunaka.
Kinsey was born in New York City. He moved from Castle Rock to
Fort Collins to become eligible to run in the 4th District.
Kinsey was a Democratic District Captain Campaign worker for all
campaigns in Colorado from 1968 to 1994 except between 1980 and
1981 when he lived in England. He worked on Ralph Nader’s campaigns
for president in 1996 and 2000. He taught social studies and
history at Golden High School for 25 years and was a recipient of
the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education. He is now
In an interview on Oct. 6, Kinsey met up with the Collegian at
Woody’s Pizza to answer some questions about Colorado and the
Bob Kinsey Interview 10-6-04
Q: What do you think the biggest issues are that you need to
address as Election Day nears?
A: I came to run against Marilyn Musgrave who doesn’t know
what’s going on. She has been blanket support for the war our
president got us into by lies and misinformation and for the wrong
reasons. She doesn’t know what’s going on.
Q: How would you improve the economy of this district?
A: We should be supporting people who are going back to the land
as organic farmers. We ought to do something about the fact I think
an acre a day goes under the blade here to for development and
suburban housing . . .
Q: Voter turnout for my demographic, age 18 to 24, has been
really low. What would say to those people to get them out to
A: If you want a future, vote Green Party.
Q: 100,000 or more in District 4 go without healthcare. What do
think needs to be done to get these people care?
A: We need single-payer healthcare, just like Medicare for
everybody. We need the government to pay doctors. You have got to
let the doctors practice medicine not in the name of profit but in
the name of making the patients well… We are all subject to the
same dangers; we therefore should provide the healthcare necessary
to combat them.
Q: What do you think about the federal marriage amendment that
was proposed by Marilyn Musgrave, but voted down in the House?
A: That comes out of some knee-jerk religious viewpoint of what
God has ordained. If two people want to be married in that
definition of marriage, regardless of their sexual orientation,
praise God, that’s wonderful that they want to see themselves
having a richer life in tandem with another human being… That’s
wonderful; we ought to celebrate…
Q: I am a CSU student and tuition is increasing and the cost of
college is rising. What can you do to help CSU and other colleges
in District 4?
A: We should give to every person the possibility of going as
far as they can go based on their academic performance and success
without having to worry about it. Whether that comes from the
federal or the state budgets, we got to get rid of the Taxpayer’s
Bill of Rights.
Q: If you get elected, what would be the three things you would
try to implement/ assess?
A: I certainly would work on the healthcare issue. I would
certainly work on correcting our agricultural programs and policies
so that they favor organic farming and stop rewarding and giving
special breaks to corporate agriculture. I of course, would work to
ensure that our federal defense budget was directed toward creating
real defense rather than buying incredibly complex weapons that are
either immoral to use or are ineffective in dealing with the kinds
of situations we need to involve ourselves in if we’re going to
keep ourselves safe. I would keep a sharp eye on the defense
budget; it would not have a blank check from me. On the other hand
I would never allow our soldiers to go unequipped with flak jackets
and the proper equipment they need to do a job we have asked them
to do. I would not vote for new nuclear weapons.
Q: Do you think you can win District 4?
A: . . . at least I can win in a sense. I can bring these issues
for people to look at.
Q: Do you have anything to add?
A: … Register Green, that’s my big message. Get involved in
the Green Party, make it work and build it so nobody can every say
Greens don’t have a chance because they don’t have support.