Candidates in Colorado’s three most hotly contested races had a chance to talk about their vision at a forum hosted by the Asian community on Saturday. The candidates running for governor, U.S. Senate and Congressional District 6 each had 20 minutes to explain their vision for Colorado. In the governor’s race Republican Bob Beauprez is challenging incumbent Democrat John Hickenlooper. They painted dramatically different pictures of the state’s economy.
Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff on Tuesday night sparred on climate change, immigration, campaign finances and campaign attacks in a Denver Post debate that highlighted a clash of personalities as much as ideas. Romanoff was fast on his feet and threw repeated jabs, while Coffman seemed hesitant to engage — a contrast to the pair's previous debate, in Aurora in August. That time, when Romanoff would get under his skin, Coffman jabbed back, even raising his voice in lecture at one point.
Mike Coffman knows his potential weak spots in his race for a fourth term in Congress. There's his past support for "personhood" ballot measures, a position he's since reversed. And there's a list of votes that give Democrats grist to argue he's been unfriendly to women. So when the Republican congressman debuted his first TV ad recently, he launched a pre-emptive strike, making a pitch aimed at women, a critical constituency in his tight race against former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. In the cutthroat 6th Congressional District, appeals to women voters have dominated recent weeks.
In interviews aired over the weekend, Fox 31 Denver's Eli Stokols tried hard to clarify Rep. Mike Coffman's squirrelly positions on immigration reform, but unfortunately, after you watch the interviews, you're left scratching your head on key points. For example, during Stokols' Sunday show, #CoPolitics from the Source, Coffman comes out against President Obama's executive order allowing young undocumented immigrants, brought here illegally as children, to defer deportation for at least two years. These are the so-called Dreamers, who know only America as their home. "I certainly don't support it being done by executive order," Coffman told Stokols, which makes sense because Coffman voted to defund Obama's order this summer. "I believe it should be done legislatively."