In final Senate debate, Hickenlooper and Romanoff pitch different visions for change

DENVER, CO - JUNE 16 : Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, and former state House speaker Andrew Romanoff get set for a debate in the studio of Denver7 in Denver on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The debate, held ahead of the Democratic primary, was sponsored by The Denver Post, Colorado Public Radio News, Denver7 and the University of Denver’s Center on American Politics. The winner of the June 30 primary will go on to face incumbent Republican Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner in November's general election. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

John Hickenlooper and Andrew Romanoff, Colorado’s 2020 Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate, met in a television studio for a debate Tuesday night. It was their first — and only — one-on-one event to be held in person before the primary election ends on June 30.

The men stood six feet apart in the studios of Denver 7 for a 90-minute debate that was also sponsored by CPR News and The Denver Post.

Romanoff assailed the “unholy alliance” of business interests in politics, including blistering critiques of his own party, while Hickenlooper talked about bringing pragmatic Colorado knowhow to Washington, D.C.

It was the candidates’ longest faceoff yet, and the last chance for many voters to see the two men hash out their policy differences and discuss their electability before casting their ballots, which have already been mailed to voters.

The debate touched on a number of topics …

Read more of the story at CPRNews.

Bente is an award-winning journalist who joined Colorado Public Radio in August 2018 after a decade of reporting on the Colorado state capitol for the Rocky Mountain Community Radio collaborative and KUNC. In 2017, Bente was named Colorado Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and she was awarded with a National Investigative Reporting Award by SPJ a year later.


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