Allard Campbell endorses Udall before televised debate with Schaffer

Hours before Democrat Mark Udall and Republican Bob Schaffer meet for a live, televised debate Monday night at the University of Denver, a Colorado Republican with a pair of famous Republican senatorial names plans to endorse the Democrat.

Karen Allard Campbell — a self-described “proud Republican” whose uncle is retiring Republican Sen. Wayne Allard and whose father-in-law is former Republican Sen. Ben Campbell — joins other Republicans Monday afternoon announcing her support for Udall, who “has the proven ability to reach across party lines and work for the benefit of all Coloradans,” according to a statement from Allard Campbell.

Udall and Schaffer square off at 7 p.m. Monday at the Gates Concert Hall in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the DU campus, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. Denver’s KUSA-TV Channel 9 plans to broadcast the hour-long debate live. The debate will also stream live on the 9News Web site and be available for viewing on the site later Monday night.

Political reporter Adam Schrager and a Denver Post reporter will moderate the debate. Viewers may send questions for the debate by e-mail to debates@9news.com.

The debate is free but members of the public need to pick up tickets at the Newman Center box office. The Udall campaign has a pre-debate rally planned for 5:45 at the Gates Concert Hall.

The Senate candidates meet again Tuesday afternoon for a debate sponsored by the Denver Chamber of Commerce. It’s scheduled for 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th St., and tickets are available for Chamber members and guests here.

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