Feb 17, 2010 10:09 AM by Associated Press

Bennet, Romanoff hold 1st debate in Senate race

In the first debate between Colorado's two Democrats running for the U.S. Senate, former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff railed against special interests that he says are subsidizing some in Congress. Sen. Michael Bennet said he wouldn't defend the Senate and should be judged on his own record.

Supporters cheered loudly for their candidate at the event Tuesday night, sponsored by the Denver Young Democrats. Romanoff has the support of 61 current and former state legislators, while President Barack Obama is backing Bennet. Obama will be in Denver to speak at two fundraising events for Bennet on Thursday.

This is Bennet's first political campaign. Gov. Bill Ritter appointed him to replace Ken Salazar, who was nominated for interior secretary.




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