Bennet and O’Dea Battle Over Abortion and Guns in Final Colorado Senate Debate
This election is shaping up to be an interesting one. In the last week or so, Colorado’s state senate has been divided over the very issues that have sparked the national conversation over Donald Trump.
The latest debate is over abortion and guns, and it’s not looking good for Republican candidates in Colorado.
On Tuesday, Sen. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Republican challenger Dan Maes met for the first time. Their debate was moderated by MSNBC’s Ed Schultz.
During the debate, which was livestreamed to thousands of viewers across the country, Maes repeatedly pointed to Colorado’s recent mass shooting and asked: “With all of the gun control in this country, we shouldn’t have a situation like this,” to which Polis replied: “No, we shouldn’t.”
“People are upset about mass shootings,” Polis replied.
Polis went on to reiterate a point that he’s made before. Gun violence is a problem in Colorado.
“We have so many gun owners here. Colorado has more gun owners than ever. So, it’s not about the guns,” Polis said.
He continued to hammer his point: “The reason that we have mass shootings in our state is because we have too many guns in this country at the same time, not because we have so many guns in Colorado.”
Polis repeatedly asserted that the problem is not the number of guns in the state.
“There are a lot of people in this state who have guns and are not using them. What we do know is that this mass shooting was a man with a gun and a knife.”
Schultz interjected by asking: “When you say ‘man’ are you talking about one man?”
Polis confirmed that he was referring to the shooter and said that he supports gun control legislation, but said that it should be a process.
“I don’t think we have the time,” said Polis.
At one point, Polis’ campaign came close to having Maes declare that