Sep 9, 2014 6:31 PM

Senate candidates in Colo. clash on foreign policy

The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) Foreign affairs are creeping into Colorado's top-tier U.S. Senate race.

The Republican challenger, congressman Cory Gardner, is hammering Democratic Sen. Mark Udall for what Gardner sees as the Obama administration's slow response to a militant group that has taken over much of Iraq's heartland and executed two American hostages. Udall says that politicizing the overseas conflict is inappropriate.

Neither candidate supports ground troops in the Middle East. But the back and forth shows how Republicans are beginning to try to capitalize on growing discontent with the Obama administration's foreign policy as crises overseas dominate the news.

Before this week's exchange, the Colorado race had centered on reproductive rights, health care reform and the government shutdown.


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