Last week, candidates in nearly all elections made public appearances to sway undecided voters. The attorney general candidates, Democrat Phil Weiser and Republican George Brauchler, met twice to discuss their views on criminal justice, civil rights and getting involved in litigation with the federal government.
Across the two nights, Brauchler defined his platform by emphasizing the differences in experience between himself and Weiser. While he said the “Prosecutor and Professor” political ads — which paint Weiser as unqualified for the office — were sponsored by an outside group, he did carry the theme of the difference in trial and prosecutorial experience through the two nights’ debates.
Experience and activism are not partisan issues, Brauchler said following the Oct. 22 debate. He veered away from discussing party affiliation before the audiences gathered by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and Colorado Women’s Bar associations and instead described Weiser as a would-be activist attorney general while he said he would enforce the law.
Although Weiser hasn’t used the word “activist,” he built his platform on the role of attorney general as a counterweight to the federal government. He said he would step in to defend the rights of Coloradans when the federal government did something in violation of the Constitution.