Republican Senate hopefuls target Udall at debate, call for repeal of Affordable Care Act

DENVER - Republicans competing for their party's nomination to challenge Sen. Mark Udall bashed the Democratic senator at a debate but offered few disagreements among themselves.

All of the candidates on Tuesday night called for repealing the Affordable Care Act, opposed same-sex marriage, argued against raising the minimum wage and don't believe in human-caused global warming. They also agreed that Udall, a longtime Colorado congressman elected to the Senate in 2008, should go.

Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck is considered the front-runner in the race and said Udall "needs to leave."

The other candidates at the debate were state Rep. Amy Stephens, state Sen. Owen Hill, businessmen Mark Aspiri and Floyd Trujillo, and perennial GOP candidate Tom Janich. State Sen. Randy Baumgardner, the seventh candidate in the primary, did not attend.

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