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Scott Tipton, left, and Sal Pace, who are both seeking Colorado’s Third Congressional District seat in Novembers election, traded barbs last week after their first debate. Their next debate is slated for Sept. 8.

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Candidates launch attacks after Alamosa debate

Earlier this month two candidates squared off in the first public debate for the Third Congressional District of Colorado at Adams State University in Alamosa. Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and challenger Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, are not scheduled for a rematch until next month, but that didn’t prevent their camps from trading barbs last week. The volley started Wednesday when Vestas Wind Systems, a wind turbine manufacturer, announced it would lay off 20 percent of its 450 employees at its tower plant in Pueblo. In a company statement, Vestas officials blamed Congress’ failure to extend the production tax credit for the layoffs.


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