Candidates duke it out at Club 20 debate

By: Rob Hughes Email
By: Rob Hughes Email

Colorado's 3rd congressional district candidates duked it out Saturday in front on hundreds at Colorado Mesa University.

The three candidates say they all want what's best for Western Colorado, but have different ideas for how to solve our complex problems.

Third Congressional District candidates Republican Scott Tipton, Democrat Sal Pace and unaffiliated candidate Tisha Casida all agree what needs to happen to turn our country around.

"Jobs, the economy, and the debt," said Tipton.

"Jobs, and putting people back to work," said Pace.

"The economy, and what we can do to create jobs," added Casida.

Incumbent Scott Tipton believes he's fighting to bring jobs to the Western Slope.

"We put forward legislation to be able to achieve that, to be able to responsibly develop our natural resources right here, to be able to put people back to work," said Tipton.

But Democrat Sal Pace says he's not doing it in a bipartisan way: something he pledges to do if elected.

"Our current congressman had nearly a 100 percent voting record with his party. It's going to be impossible to get anything done in Washington if you're unwilling to work in a bipartisan fashion," said Pace.

Standing feet away from each other, the three went back and forth, telling guest why they should get their votes.

"I don't believe that the federal government can create jobs. I think we have to work in our state and counties, to find out what the red tape and bureaucracy is," said Casida.

Concerned taxpayer Jeremy Rubingh hoped candidates would focus on tax breaks for oil companies.

"We've paid out $9.3 billion this last year to an industry that's making $137 billion in profits. I'd personally like to know as a taxpayer, why we're giving out corporate welfare to one of the most profitable industries on the planet," said Rubingh.

And once all the rhetoric and last rebuttals are finished, the candidates encourage you to do your homework and make your vote count.

"It's very important that we get out to vote. The future of this country will literally be determined in this coming election," said Tipton.

For more information on the candidate's platforms and positions on issues, visit their websites.

(1.) Scott Tipton-

(2.) Sal Pace-

(3.) Tisha Casida-

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  • by AmericanPatriot. on Sep 9, 2012 at 03:11 PM
    Thank you ch 11 for removing the offensive “flagged” comment. As you can see when Tisha Casida won the debate at Club 20, it made the partisan haters very paranoid and they’re desperate to demean her candidacy for CD3 by whatever means they have available. No doubt they will just change their name and try again which says a lot about the kind of people they are.
  • by Davy Jones on Sep 9, 2012 at 08:55 AM
    Finally there is a candidate that does not owe their souls to any party. Much as the two parties and the media want to ignore her Tisha Casida is making a name for herself with the people who get out and vote. She may also be bringing out some who would otherwise stay home because they are turned off by the usual politics being played by the Dems. and Reps. GO TISHA GO
  • by Harold on Sep 9, 2012 at 07:21 AM
    Scott Tipton's voting record mirrors John Salazar's voting record by staying right in the dead-center middle. So, the voters were promised better representation and got exactly the same, Pace wants to work in a "bipartisan" manner, but "bi-partisan" only occurs when the Conservatives throw their values out the window and agree with the socialist party. If the democrats are asked to vote for a conservative bill, it is mean-spirited, hateful and probably racist and the whining and crying for months on ends begins anew. Miss Casida on the other hand promises something better. Admirable Character Traits instead of chest beating politics as usual. Her opponents epitomize what is wrong in legislative branches across this nation. One(tipton) that votes AGAINST his constituents 50% of the time because he has no Conservative core values or Principles other than those bestowed by the party elites that tell him how to vote. And Sal Pace whose most precious asset seems to be his penchant for peeing in public at the drop of a zipper....
  • by AmericanPatriot. on Sep 9, 2012 at 06:22 AM
    The real headlines that reflect the story being told should be Mesa County Republican Party in disarray; Tea Party challengers rising in polls, while Western Slope Conservative Alliance attacks conservative candidates. And finally, there’s a lot more to this story than you will read in the paper. It has to do with special interest gambling legislation, the future of Mesa County Fairgrounds and who your elected representatives really represent. And now you know the rest of the story or at least enough to find out the truth for yourself. Read HB12-1280 Eastern slope owned casino to be located in GJ? No competition within 100 miles by law? End run around the vote of the people? Find out for yourself? Public meeting Mesa County Fairgrounds Sept 12, 6-8PM. Be there or bend over.
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      by Disgusted on Sep 9, 2012 at 03:05 PM in reply to AmericanPatriot.
      Oh no! A casino! Some of the serf's might actually get jobs. The horror of it all!
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