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Colorado Democratic candidates running for U.S. Senate discuss Latino issues at forum

LONGMONT — All nine of Colorado’s Democratic candidates actively running for U.S. Senate expressed support for immigrant communities at a Latino issues forum that attracted 400 people Sunday afternoon in Longmont, but several also made clear their frustration with the endorsement of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee of former Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Despite the mostly polite forum at the Longmont Museum, hosted by the Longmont Latinx Voice — the format didn’t allow for debate as each candidate got up to answer questions individually for 15 minutes — the candidates’ responses indicated that the primary would be a tough one as voters decide on their candidate of choice.

Former speaker of the Colorado House Andrew Romanoff took jabs at Hickenlooper related to his stances on fracking and his responses to a potential Medicare for All option — Romanoff has been vocal about his support for a so-called Green New Deal and public health insurance.

“I know there are a lot of folks in Washington right now who do not want you to be here and they certainly don’t want me or most of the other candidates to be on this stage,” Romanoff said. “They announced as much. They recruited into this race a fellow who said he didn’t want the job and wouldn’t be good at it, and they’ve done everything they possibly can to stifle this primary, to annoy the winner, to turn what ought to be a contest into a coronation. Don’t let that happen.”

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