PRESS RELEASE: Gardner Accepts Five General Election Debates Across the State, Challenges Eventual Democrat Nominee to Join Him

May 20, 2020

Denver, CO — Senator Cory Gardner today challenged his eventual Democratic opponent to five confirmed general election debates, which will span all four corners of Colorado.  

“At such a crucial time in our state’s and nation’s history, Coloradans must have an opportunity to hear directly from those who wish to represent them as they make their choice for U.S. Senate,” said Senator Gardner. “Debate is a pillar of our democracy—especially during a time of national crisis—and I look forward to discussing the issues Coloradans care most about as we approach November and look towards the future of our country.” 

Senator Gardner challenges his general election opponent to the following five debates that span multiple media markets, including two statewide televised debates.

  • KOAA News5, The Gazette, and El Pomar Foundation’s Forum for Civic Advancement, September 1, 2020
  • Club20, September 19, 2020
  • KDVR, KXRM, and KFQX, September 29, 2020
  • The Pueblo Chieftain, date TBD
  • KCNC, The Colorado Sun, and Colorado Public Television, October 14, 2020

“With one candidate citing scheduling conflicts and lack of sleep for ducking debates throughout the Democratic primary, we thought it would be best to give both Andrew Romanoff and John Hickenlooper as much notice as possible for the fall debate season,” added Gardner for Senate Spokesman, Jerrod Dobkin. “We are hopeful our eventual opponent will show up to these debates that voters across Colorado are anxiously awaiting.”

The Gardner campaign hopes to see a response from all potential Democratic challengers in the coming days. The Gardner campaign will not entertain any additional debate requests until responses to the above debates are received.