Candidates Mike Coffman, Andrew Romanoff clash in Colorado congressional debate

DENVER - It's one of the most competitive and expensive congressional races in the country. Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and his Democratic challenger, Andrew Romanoff, are vying to represent Colorado's 6th Congressional District.

In their first debate on Thursday, the two men sparred over immigration, health care and campaign finance. Romanoff challenged Coffman to refuse all special interest campaign contributions. Instead, Coffman declined, calling himself a leader and Romanoff a follower. An Army and Marine Corps veteran, Coffman criticized Romanoff for attending Harvard and Yale.

Romanoff described himself as a problem-solver willing to criticize President Barack Obama and his own party. Coffman, too, boasted of working across the aisle.

Coffman represents a district evenly split between Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters. He is considered one of the nation's most vulnerable congressmen.

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