Where the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate stand on key Colorado issues ahead of primary

Rivals John Hickenlooper and Andrew Romanoff are offering distinct choices for voters ahead of the June 30 election




Background: Student debt is emerging as a bigger problem in Colorado than other states. About 734,000 Colorado borrowers are paying off student loans, totaling $26 billion, a 2019 study found. The amount of student loan debt increased 176% in a 10-year span that ended in 2017.


Supports cutting the federal interest rate on student loans

A: In order to relieve student loan debt, Hickenlooper supports cutting the federal interest rate on student loans to 2.5% or lower, and making community college free for those who can’t afford it. He also suggested allowing millennials to work off their debt through jobs in public service.




Supports student debt relief

A: Romanoff wants to free students from college debt, a move that would essentially forgive all existing loans. He believes that this would spur economic growth and allow young people to start saving for retirement.



The Candidates

Click a candidate to see where they stand.


John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

Former Colorado governor and Denver mayor   

Andrew Romanoff

Andrew Romanoff

Former state House speaker and director Mental Health Colorado