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Schaffer, Udall debate energy, economy in Greeley

GREELEY, Colorado ” U.S. Senate candidates Bob Schaffer and Mark Udall discussed energy and the economy as well as their suits during a debate Monday in Greeley, Colorado.

Schaffer tried to link Udall to gas and oil prices and discussed his work with Aspect Energy of Denver, which focuses on oil production but also wants to develop wind and natural gas.

“We have to do it all, and allow these different kinds of energy producers to have a race to the marketplace,” Schaffer told the audience at the Union Colony Civic Center.



Udall brought up Schaffer’s ties to the oil industry and said he wanted more of a grassroots approach to renewable energy.

“I want to see a bottom-up approach, a thousand garages, like we had in Silicon Valley,” he said. “ET, environmental technology, will be the economic engine of our country if we make the right investments for the next 25 years.”



The candidates were also asked how much money they gave to charity compared with how much money they spent on their suits.

Udall, a congressman representing the 2nd District, said he and his wife donate between $5,000 and $6,000 each year and said he hasn’t bought a new suit in several years.

Schaffer, a former congressman in the 4th District, said he and his wife give 10 percent of their income to charity and said the suit he was wearing was five years old.



The debate was sponsored by Colorado Young Democrats, Young Republicans, the Greeley Tribune, and KFKA and KUNC radio. It was the 15th debate between the two candidates, who are vying to replace retiring Republican Sen. Wayne Allard. They plan to debate once more before Election Day.

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