In a lively debate between the two men who want to be the state's next attorney general, Republican George Brauchler said his Democratic rival, Phil Weiser, just isn't as experienced as he is.

That prompted Weiser to question whether Brauchler truly understands what experience is required to be an attorney general.

"My career has been one of service, starting in the Supreme Court, working in the Justice Department under two presidents," Weiser said at Saturday's Club 20 Fall Conference and Debates at Two Rivers Convention Center. "I have a wide range of experience like (former attorneys general) Ken Salazar, Cynthia Coffman and Gale Norton."

Brauchler, who currently works as a district attorney in the Denver metropolitan area, said that job and other experiences have taught him not only how to be a good prosecutor, but also how to operate a large office.

"The attorney general is the protector of Colorado ... and I have spent my entire life as a defender, a protector," Brauchler said. "A defense attorney, a prosecutor, I've been a civil plaintiffs lawyer, a civil defense lawyer, I've been a military prosecutor and a military defense lawyer. I have tried cases at every single level, municipal, state, federal and military."

In other statewide races for down ticket offices, Brian Watson, the GOP candidate for Colorado treasurer, questioned his Democratic challenger, state Rep. Dave Young, whether his lack of business experience would make him a bad treasurer.

Young, who serves on the Colorado Legislature's Joint Budget Committee, said that's not what a treasurer does.

"The role of the treasurer of Colorado is different than the founder and CEO of a company," Watson said. "You have to understand that what goes up comes down, and somebody like you who has never invested your own capital alongside other people to try to make return, you may not understand the risk and reward."

Young said his role on the JBC acting as a fiduciary agent for the state is more in line with understanding the treasurer's role.

"I have an actual fiduciary responsibility to the state, like the treasurer's office, so I actually have that experience."

The third down-ticket debate pitted Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican, against Democrat Jena Griswold.

In that event, Griswold said the office should be turned into a better place to help businesses navigate the bureaucracy needed to establish them.

"Excellent suggestion," Williams said. "We just did it."

Earlier this year, Williams and the governor's office created a new website designed to walk budding entrepreneurs through the bureaucratic process, taking them through all the steps needed to create a new business.

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