GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Candidates vying for victory in November faced off at the Two Rivers Convention Center Saturday. They answered challenging questions, and challenged each other on tough topics like getting the Western Slope off the unemployment line.
Governor Bill Ritter kicked off the day of debates sponsored by Club 20, advocates for the western side of the state. Ritter warned campaigners should be specific on how they plan to make a change.
"A lot of people have taken shots at us for different things that we've had to do to balance the budget, without saying how they would actually do it," says Ritter.
"What will have to happen are steep cuts to education," says unaffiliated House District 61 candidate Kathleen Curry.
"Just like every Colorado household has had to reduce its spending, state government needs to do the same," says Senate District 6 candidate Ellen Roberts.
However, most candidates agree balancing an overblown budget isn't the debate's most decided question. That issue would be jobs, jobs, jobs.
"She's interested in Colorado businesses borrowing money. I'm interested in Colorado businesses making money," said Senate District 7 Republican candidate Steven King about his opponent, Democrat Claudette Konola.
"Mr. King does not understand what it takes to run a business, even though he claims to support one," retaliated Konola.
Indeed, the nominees who seemed to offer the most support for jobs, earned the most applause.