School of Public Affairs facilitates political debates on campuses

Series features candidates and political issues

October 18, 2010

Three candidates vying to serve as Colorado’s next governor gathered on the Anschutz Medical Campus for a live televised debate Oct. 13 moderated by KUSA’s 9News and hosted by CU Denver’s School of Public Affairs (SPA). Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, Democratic Party candidate, businessman Dan Maes, the Republican, and former Congressman Tom Tancredo, from the American Constitution Party discussed issues including jobs, immigration, funding higher education, roads and transportation. Nearly 400 supporters and interested citizens showed up in Ed 2 South.

Prior to the gubernatorial debate, proponents and opponents of various issues on this year’s ballot participated in debates that were streamed online and recorded for later broadcast airings.

  • Amendments 60, 61 and 101 – Property Taxes; Limits on State and Local Government Borrowing; and Income, Vehicle , and Telecommunication Taxes and Fees
  • Amendment 62 – Application of the Term Person
  • Amendment 63 – Health Care Choice
  • Proposition 102 – Criteria for Release to Pretrial Services Programs

Colorado Senate candidates faced off Oct. 11 in the King Center on the Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver.

The week’s political activities on our campuses wrapped up Oct. 15 with a debate (not televised) between incumbent CU Regent Steve Bosley and challenger Melissa Hart. The debate was moderated by SPA Director of External Affairs and former Regent Maureen Ediger. Among the issues addressed were CU Denver consolidation, elected vs. appointed governance boards in public higher education, and the University of Colorado budget including research funding.

Photo caption for Governor’s Debate: Gubernatorial candidates (l to r) Hickenlooper, Mayes, Tancredo debate. Photo courtesy Scot Henderson.