The final gubernatorial debate between Walker Stapleton and Jared Polis was Tuesday night hosted by the Denver Post and Denver7.
We’ve heard most of it over and over before (it’s been a long campaign season), so we’re just going to recap the recap from Denver7 from our own viewpoint.
6:04 p.m. Without a hint of irony, TV news anchor Anne Trujillo asks about all those negative TV ads that flood the airways — and helps pay her salary.
Polis deflects and complains Stapleton actually has supporters and contributors with dirty, crumbled, used $10 dollars bills, while Polis’s millions are gleaming, crisp bills and he can spend those millions however he wants so shut up and proclaim him king!
(Note to readers, we’re ad libbing a little here.)
Stapleton notes the difficulty in getting his own message out with Polis grossly outspending him, and he gets bonus points for adding Polis wouldn’t even be in this race if it weren’t for his own millions.
6:12 p.m. Asked about amendments and propositions, Polis says Hell no to Amendment 74 and compensation for property owners when the government regulates it into worthlessness. Stapleton says there needs to be a legislative fix to the problem.
Stapleton supports Proposition 109, Fix our Damn Roads, while Polis does not.
Once again, Polis chickened out and refused to state his position on Amendment 73 — massive tax hikes for schools— because if he says yes, he’ll lose votes and it might cost him the election.
If he says no, teachers will pull their endorsement.
Polis’s claim he can’t be bought goes out the window.
6:15 p.m. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah and more blah.
6:31 p.m. We hear the word “Broncos” and wake up. Neither candidate believes Vance Joseph should be fired.
Now we’re rolling.
Polis wants to make “changes” to TABOR and run our taxes sky high, Stapleton says don’t touch TABOR.
Polis says he will repeal the death penalty, Stapleton says he won’t.
While Coloradans are struggling to pay for college, Polis says he’ll take our hard-earned tax dollars and give it to illegal immigrants so they can afford college.
6:40 p.m. Climate change, blah, blah, blah. Polis lies that he will make us completely dependent upon alternative energy. Conveniently, that would only happen long after he would be out of office.
6:46 p.m. Stapleton pledges to hire administration officials regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity. Polis guarantees “there will still be some role for white men in my administration.”
7:23 p.m. We’ve been asleep for a while, and continued to doze through the health care debate. We know Polis wants more government control which has already wrecked our system and sent drug costs through the roof.
7:38 p.m. Polis blames family for missing key votes in Congress. Too busy to be a congressman, but has enough time on his hands to run an entire state.
7:45 p.m. The gubernatorial candidates are asked about Roe v. Wade, a federal law they have no power to appeal, but the media keeps asking anyway because they think it benefits Democrats.
7:59 p.m. This election can’t come soon enough.