Buescher, Caskey Debate Issues At Rotary Club Event

It's one of the most hotly–contested races on the Western Slope,
but Republican Bob Caskey and Democrat Bernie Buescher kept their debate at the Redlands Rotary Club civil to a point.

Both men have been the targets of television commercials, and Buescher started the debate by saying he regretted that out–of–area groups had tried to tarnish both candidates.

Among the topics covered today was health care. Caskey said he believed the government should stay out of health care, while Buescher said Colorado should join other states in bulk– purchasing prescription medicines.

Both men agreed that security in schools should be improved by limiting access to school grounds.

They also stressed their best qualities, Caskey saying he will work to keep income taxes low, while Buescher pointed to his established record in protecting Mesa County as an incumbent of the House Of Representatives.

At today's debate the two men had opposing ideas on the oil shale and how energy should be developed. Caskey said companies should develop oil shale without government intervention, while Buescher said he sponsored a bill last year that would have provided incentives to Colorado residents to use renewable energy.