Gardner, Hickenlooper swap jabs on ethics, health care at Senate debate

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PUEBLO, Colo. — Colorado’s United States Senate race with incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner and former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper met for a debate Friday.

The debate was hosted by the Pueblo Chieftain will start at 7 p.m. at Pueblo Community College’s Center for New Media studios. The Pueblo Chieftain’s Editor Steve Henson served as the moderator for the hourlong debate.

Gardner is considered one of the most endangered Republican incumbents in the country. He came out swinging at the debate Friday.

Gardner hammered Hickenlooper over findings that he violated ethics law as governor of Colorado. Hickenlooper dismissed the finding as “technical.”

He pounded Gardner for the senator’s 10-year effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pueblo Chieftain stated there was no audience for the event, but it was live-streamed and televised on public access channels.

The livestream can be accessed by visiting

“For more than 35 years, the Pueblo Chieftain has hosted hundreds of political debates, from school board and City Council to governor and Congress, both House of Representatives and the Senate,” Henson said.

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