Sal Pace, from right, Tisha Casida and Scott Tipton, discuss issues Saturday night during a Club 20 debate at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction for the Office of 3rd Congressional District of Colorado.

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Sal Pace, from right, Tisha Casida and Scott Tipton, discuss issues Saturday night during a Club 20 debate at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction for the Office of 3rd Congressional District of Colorado.

Candidates debate merits for 3rd Congressional District seat

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— The atmosphere at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction turned electric Saturday night during Club 20’s featured candidate debate for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.

Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez; Sal Pace, D-Pueblo; and Tisha Casida, U-Pueblo, fielded questions on topics ranging from job growth to the economy and the national debt to Medicare to the U.S. Forest Service’s wildfire management policy.

Casida, who was absent from the first CD3 debate in Alamosa, took advantage of her first major public appearance to champion her limited government and state’s rights platform.

“Running for a federal seat, I don’t think the federal government has any role in dictating energy policy to the American people, Northwestern Coloradans and the people of this district,” Casida said when asked about her position of developing natural resources on public lands. “It’s really important to find ways to stop the federal government from stopping us from developing our natural resources.”

But Casida found herself serving in a spectator role when the debate shifted to cross-examination as Tipton and Pace launched attacks on each other about health care, partisanship, water rights and alleged misuse of taxpayer dollars for campaign funding.

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