Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and his Democratic challenger, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, confronted off in a Spanish-language debate on Tuesday, tussling over immigration, well being care and the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The talk was taped in English on Sunday and aired with Spanish translations on Tuesday, so neither candidate may tackle current occasions akin to President Donald Trump ending negotiations over extra coronavirus reduction. As an alternative, the 2 candidates each trod acquainted floor, with Gardner each attacking Hickenlooper and making an attempt to promote himself as a bipartisan problem-solver, and Hickenlooper making an attempt to tie the incumbent to Washington and Trump.
“Nothing’s going to vary if we aren’t capable of ship new individuals to Washington,” Hickenlooper, 68, stated.
Gardner rattled off an inventory of payments, from a nationwide suicide prevention hotline to a sprawling measure to fund nationwide park upkeep. “In these final years, I’ve proven the perspective of voting 100% for Colorado,” stated Gardner, 46.
Gardner is taken into account some of the endangered Republican senators within the nation, partly as a result of Colorado has shifted towards Democrats since he was elected to his first Senate time period in 2014.
The 2 males’s most notable conflict was on immigration. Gardner was a member of the Republican Home majority that in 2013 refused to contemplate a bipartisan Senate immigration invoice that might have offered a path to citizenship for 11 million individuals within the nation illegally, together with these introduced illegally as kids who certified for the Obama administration program often called DACA.
Since Trump’s election, although, Gardner has co-written a invoice with Colorado’s Democratic senator, Michael Bennet, to legalize DACA recipients. On the debate, he attacked Hickenlooper for a press release the Democrat made as governor suggesting that Democrats ought to hand over on pushing for a pathway for citizenship within the face of Republican resistance and give attention to narrower protections from deportation.
“It’s an assault and a distortion,” Hickenlooper stated.
“It’s not an assault, it’s your personal phrases,” Gardner replied, additionally noting that Hickenlooper, as mayor of Denver, had touted referring 8,000 immigrants to the federal authorities throughout a debate with former Rep. Tom Tancredo, a infamous immigration hardliner in opposition to whom he was working for governor.
Gardner stated he needed to guard immigrants as a result of “they’re my neighbors, they go to high school with my kids.”
Morgan Carroll: Final evening, Trump pretended he has a plan for well being care. His solely plan is to dismantle the ACA.
The 2 males additionally argued about vitality, with Gardner renewing accusations that Hickenlooper, a former petroleum geologist, would finish 230,000 jobs within the fossil gasoline business due to fears of local weather change. Hickenlooper referred to as local weather change “an existential menace” and argued an funding in inexperienced vitality would create a report variety of new jobs.
And Hickenlooper saved returning to well being care, Democrats’ favourite topic. He slammed Trump for mishandling the coronavirus outbreak and argued Gardner needed to overturn the Inexpensive Care Act.
The 2 males will debate at 5 p.m. Friday on Denver7, cohosted by The Denver Submit, earlier than a 9News showdown at 6 p.m. Oct. 13.