The Colorado Senate debate Tuesday night between incumbent Democrat Senator Michael Bennet, and Republican challenger Joe O’Dea could be the race for the sleeper race that determines which party will win the majority in Congress’s upper house.
Comparable to the heated Pennsylvania Senate debate on Tuesday night between Republican Dr. Mehmet O and Democrat John Fetterman, Bennet’s and O’Dea’s debate were calm.
The Centennial State’s Senate Race could be the key to either party’s control over the upper chamber of Congress.
Colorado has tended to be left for decades and voted for Joe Biden as president by a 113-point margin. O’Dea, however, surprised the political world by being more competitive than expected in this race. A Real Clear Politics placed him less than 8 points behind Bennet.
The Tuesday candidate forum, which was the second of three events scheduled between the candidates before the Nov. 8, midterm elections, covered many topics. It notably avoided the topic of rising crime in America and instead focused on the economy, foreign policies, and statewide matters.
Bennet addressed inflation as a global challenge and stated that Canada and the EU have “the same inflation” as us.
Bennet also mentioned supply chain issues worldwide as the driver of inflation and called for the fixing of supply chains around America and the world.
O’Dea retorted, saying he was “a bit annoyed” by the Democrat’s answer. He also blamed Bennet for being the final vote to approve the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion spending plan that “put inflation in a spiral.”
O’Dea stated, “I don’t understand how you guys keep blaming everyone else.”
O’Dea took a moderate stance on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Dreamers (DACA), calling for them to obtain citizenship and stating that the U.S. immigration system was “broken” and must be fixed. O’Dea pledged that his first bill as senator would address the border crisis.
Bennet’s voting record for policies backed by President Biden was also criticized by the Republican candidate. The incumbent Democrat senator had voted with the president on almost every issue.
O’Dea also said that he doesn’t agree with his wife “98% of the time.”
Bennet criticized O’Dea’s immigration policy, claiming that the Republican backs former President Trump’s “medieval Wall” and criticizing O’Dea’s vote for the former president twice.
The question asking candidates if they support sending U.S. soldiers into Taiwan to retaliate against Chinese aggression was not answered by either candidate.
Bennet instead stated that he supports policies to make China think twice about entering Taiwan, while O’Dea claimed Taiwan was “at-risk” because of Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
O’Dea asked for a report about why Biden selected the pullout date.
O’Dea and Bennet saw sparks when O’Dea claimed that O’Dea had passed “101 bills” he “wrote” while Bennet claimed he passed only “one bill in the 13 years he’s been writing.”
O’Dea’s jab elicited a response from the incumbent Democrat, who said that O’Dea’s claim was “completely false.”
In his closing remarks, the Republican stated that he would continue to disagree with the GOP on issues if necessary.