Colorado Senate Rivals Clash In Raucous Debate

October 10, 2014 4:30 AM

Colorado Senate Rivals Clash In Raucous Debate
" PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo) and his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, clashed in the most raucous debate yet of their neck-and-neck race Thursday night, arguing over which of them was too extreme to represent the state and angling for the slightest advantage days before mail-in ballots begin to arrive at voters’ homes.

Control of the Senate could hinge on the outcome of the race, which has seen six months of bruising attack ads and remains deadlocked in public polls. The debate in Pueblo, a weathered steel town 114 miles south of Denver, was the candidates’ third of the week but had a distinctly different feel because of a mix of local issues and a roaring crowd that was encouraged by the moderator to cheer for their candidate.

The two candidates argued over familiar issues of immigration, foreign policy and reproductive rights, as well as a new one, with Gardner proposing a ban on flights from countries afflicted with the Ebola outbreak. But one theme linked all their disagreements — that the other was too extreme to represent a state evenly-divided between Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters "

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