Hickenlooper, Beauprez Meet For Another Debate

October 23, 2014 10:03 PM

Hickenlooper, Beauprez Meet For Another Debate
" DENVER (AP) – Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican challenger Bob Beauprez have debated seven times in their too-close-to-call gubernatorial contest, and it’s clear they’re beginning to get on each other’s nerves.

Hickenlooper has likened Beauprez’s debating style to a school bully.

“There have been times where he has pushed buttons,” Hickenlooper said in an interview with The Associated Press this week, recalling a time when he was picked on in elementary school.

“There was one class bully that sometimes used the same devices that (former) Congressman Beauprez has used,” he said. “And it does push your buttons. It does make you want to fight back, but then you’re just giving in and letting them control the game.”

Beauprez has tried to link Hickenlooper to President Barack Obama and his low approval ratings by using the term “Obama-Looper” during debates. Last week, during a debate in Colorado Springs, Beauprez ribbed on Hickenlooper’s 2012 civic engagement initiative, dubbed “To Be Determined,” incorrectly describing it as the governor’s economic agenda, and asking about a second-term agenda "

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