Bennet-Glenn U.S. Senate debate airs Tuesday night

October 11, 2016 Updated: October 11, 2016 at 6:42 pm
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Michael Bennet, left, and Darryl Glenn.

DENVER - Darryl Glenn's best chance to take down Colorado's senior U.S. senator is Tuesday night on Denver's Channel 9.

KUSA will air the one-hour debate between Glenn and Michael Bennet live, without commercials, beginning at 7 p.m. The debate also will be carried on Channel 20 KTVD and 9NEWS.com.

Kyle Clark and Brandon Rittiman of 9News will moderate. Some audience members will be allowed at the History Colorado Center at 1200 Broadway in Denver with seating from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The 9News debate will be the last debate between the two before Colorado voters begin receiving mail ballots after Oct. 17.

They previously debated, along with Libertarian candidate Lily Tang Williams, at the Club 20 fall meeting Sept. 10 in Grand Junction.

Glenn, an El Paso County commissioner and Air Force Academy graduate, has trailed Bennet by double digits in polls and in fundraising throughout the general election campaign. Bennet a senator since 2009, is a former Denver Public Schools superintendent and chief of staff to then-Denver mayor John Hickenlooper.

Each of the men declined other media debates, making KUSA's the only primetime televised meeting.

"While Michael Bennet continues to talk about his record of working with both parties to get things done for Colorado, Darryl Glenn's hyper-partisan agenda and stated refusal to work across the aisle aren't resonating with Coloradans and that's why his campaign is on the ropes," said Bennet campaign spokeswoman Alyssa Roberts. "Voters on Tuesday deserve answers on why Glenn thinks Democrats are 'evil,' on his offensive comments about a woman's right to choose, and on revelations that Glenn supports an unconstitutional ban of an entire religion from entering the United States, which has been repudiated by Republicans and Democrats alike. We expect that on Tuesday the choice will be clear."

Glenn's campaign did not respond to a request to comment.

Four other candidates are on the ballot: Green Party nominee Arn Menconi, Bill Hammons of the Unity Party and independents Dan Chapin and Paul Noel Fiorino.

Independent Don Willoughby is campaigning as a write-in.

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