Oct 12, 2010 11:40 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Gubernatorial candidates debate in Pueblo

The three major candidates for Colorado's governor came together in Pueblo Tuesday night for a debate in front of a packed crowd at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center.

Republican candidate Dan Maes was about 25 minutes late, after getting caught in heavy traffic from a bizarre accident involving a man who opened the door of a patrol car, rolled onto I-25 and was hit by a car Colorado Springs.  Democrat candidate John Hickenlooper and American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo agreed to start the debate 20 minutes late.  Maes made it in time to deliver opening remarks.

The issues discussed during the debate:  business development and taxes, water rights, illegal immigration, and the state budget.  Jobs and the state budget took center stage.

News First 5 asked each candidate what they want people to remember when they vote.

"I hope they'll remember that there's only one person who's created jobs, created thousands of jobs, who's balanced large budgets, who's made government smaller," remarks Hickenlooper.

"I want them to think about who's going to be the best at turning around the state of Colorado and who brings executive management skill set that can really turn this state around and I'm the one that can do that," says Maes.

"Who can actually bring us out of the recession. And recognize that in doing that, we'll go against some of the toughest organizations in the state of Colorado, including, of course, some of the unions?" explains Tancredo.

Main-in ballots will start going out this week.  Early voting begins October 18.  Election day is November 2. 


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