This clip of Rep. Cory Gardner from from Denver's KDVR TV is nothing short of amazing because he spends nearly two minutes trying to claim that legislation that he co-sponsored—the federal personhood bill—does not exist:
In the video, Gardner repeatedly claims that "there is no such thing as a federal personhood bill" when KDVR's Eli Stokols asks him to explain why he was willing to flip-flop on his support for Colorado's personhood measure but not the federal bill.
It's a convenient answer for Gardner because by denying the existence of federal personhood legislation, he doesn't have to explain why he supports it while claiming to oppose a state-level measure that does the same thing. The only problem is that it's a transparently and utterly ridiculous claim.
As Stokols pointed out during the interview, the legislation's authors and key outside supporters say it's a personhood bill, as does FactCheck.org. But you don't even need third party validators to realize that Gardner is full of bunk—just check out the text of the legislation itself:
The terms human person and human being include each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.
That's what Cory Gardner co-sponsored and still co-sponsors. It's personhood, plain and simple. Just like what he supported in 2010
As used in sections 3, 6, and 25 of Article II of the state constitution, the term "person" shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.
Bottom line: There is such a thing as a federal personhood bill, Cory Gardner did in fact co-sponsor it, and he remains a co-sponsor to this very day. That bill is essentially the same as the Colorado measure, except it would apply at the federal, rather than state level. In fact, the biggest difference between the two is that Gardner now says he opposes one and denies that the other exists. In reality, however, the only thing that doesn't exist is Cory Gardner's credibility.
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