UPDATE 11:20AM: American Bridge now eagerly circulating what could be the defining moment of today's debate, in which GOP Rep. Mike Coffman forgets something very, very important about his position on abortion rights:
Like we said, this will be in a TV spot very soon. Maybe more than one.
Mike Coffman, Andrew Romanoff, Aaron Harber (left to right)
It’s time to fire up the Colorado Pols Debate Diary once again. That's right, friends: It's live-blog time!
It has become something of a tradition here at Colorado Pols for us to give you, our loyal readers, a live blog, play-by-play of political debates in Colorado. This morning (yes, morning), we're at the Hilton Garden Inn in Highlands Ranch for the first CD-6 debate between Congressman Mike Coffman and Democrat Andrew Romanoff.
*NOTE: The most current update appears at the top of the page. As always, unless it is in direct quotes, consider all statements paraphrased in the interest of time.
If campaigns were decided in debates, Andrew Romanoff would be a shoo-in for Congress. He's a much better speaker, much better prepared, and has a general way with the audience that draws people in. Romanoff also stayed on topic and had a few good jabs at Coffman.
As for Coffman, he seemed…off. Coffman stumbled badly on a couple of questions, particularly one about abortion rights. It would be hard to walk away from this debate remembering much of anything from Coffman that was generally positive. His dour, somewhat angry demeanor was a stark contrast to a fresher Romanoff.
Coffman's closing statements.
Says he moved to Aurora 50 years ago. Father was enlisted soldier who dreamed of owning a small business. Says mother and father worked very hard on that business, but it failed. Whenever I see a small business shutter, I often think that there is a family behind it.
This is good stuff from Coffman. Where was this earlier?
Coffman continuing story about Coffman and Co. HVAC that still exists today?
Coffman is telling his life story now. Hard to make transition from military to business life. Says he took savings and built a small business.
Talking way too much about military transition to civilian life; it's a good anecdote, but not worth 2 minutes in a debate.
Finishes with something about finding solutions. Pretty weak close.
Closing statement time. Each candidate gets 4 minutes for some reason.
Romanoff: We've known each other for at least 15 years. We disagree on a number of issues, but not on our love for this country. That's not at issue in this debate.
Says strengthening economy starts with improving access to higher education. Strengthen middle class with equal pay for equal work. New energy economy.
Talks about leading House of Representatives when Republican Bill Owens was governor. "We never shut down the whole government over our issues."
"I respect Congressman Coffman. We take a different view…but I believe he is sincere in his views."
"If you elect me to the House of Representatives, I can't promise I will get everything done. But if we elect the same crowd, nothing is going to change." Great close.