Wednesday, October 28, 2015
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]

BOULDER: As the Republican Party’s latest presidential debate on the University of Colorado campus came to a close Wednesday evening, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, praised the response by the CU and Boulder community to the exclusion of students from this debate and highlighted yet another display of how out of touch these candidates are from Colorado‚Äôs middle class families.

“Tonight’s debate proved why the Republican Party had to leave the Coors Events Center almost empty tonight,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Each of these candidates were asked how they would solve the problems our nation faces, and their responses proved that none of them have any realistic plan to address those problems. All they could do is bash President Obama and Hillary Clinton, blame the media for the fact that the public doesn’t agree with their out-of-touch proposals, and attack each other over nonsensical sideshows like fantasy football.”

“I’m so proud of the University of Colorado students who stood up to the exclusion of the CU community from this event on their own campus,” said Runyon-Harms. “It’s wrong to appropriate the reputation of Colorado’s foremost public university, a reputation for honest and open debate, and then lock the student body out of this critically important debate. Tonight, the Republican presidential candidates proved that they can’t speak to needs of the CU students they are using as a backdrop.”

“The CU Boulder GOP debate was a disaster for the credibility of the Republican Party and the University of Colorado under Bruce Benson,” said Runyon-Harms. “What this community saw tonight will not move America or Colorado forward.”