Debate prompts debate |

Debate prompts debate

The great debate debate continues between congressional candidates Greg Walcher and John Salazar.Last week Walcher challenged Salazar to debate in Glenwood Springs and Craig. Salazar, speaking during a brief visit to Glenwood Friday, said that because of a previous commitment he won’t be able to attend the debate the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association planned for Wednesday.Walcher campaign manager John Marshall said he wasn’t surprised to hear that, as it fits with a pattern of Salazar’s ducking debates.Salazar countered that Walcher has missed debates himself.Salazar said he also is trying to debate in different parts of the 3rd District. The two already have done three on the Western Slope, Salazar said.”You can only do so many debates,” Salazar said.He said he plans to be at one in Alamosa on Oct. 19 and hopes Walcher will be there as well.Count on it, Marshall said.”We’ll be in Alamosa, absolutely,” he said. “There was confetti in our office when we found out Salazar was finally going to meet us somewhere and debate us.”Walcher plans to participate at the Glenwood Chamber’s candidate forum Wednesday, even with Salazar’s absence, Marshall said.”It’s a great opportunity for the voters in Garfield County to the hear the issues,” he said.Salazar spokesman Jeff Bridges said Salazar’s campaign staff contacted Walcher’s office right after the August primary to try to set up debates but never heard back from Walcher. Marshall said that’s not true.”They have never tried to contact our staff. I would know if they tried to contact our staff.”Marshall said he thinks the best way to schedule debates is through third parties, such as the Chamber.Last Wednesday, organizers canceled an outdoor issues forum at Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus after Walcher’s staff decided not to send a representative. Marshall blamed Salazar for waiting until late to decide to send a campaign volunteer rather than staff member, which Marshall said would no longer have resulted in “apples to apples” representation.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext.

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