GOP's Cory Gardner blames Democrats for shutting down COVID talks in pre-recorded debate — released at the worst possible moment
Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado (screengrab)

President Donald Trump's announcement that he is pulling the plug on COVID-19 stimulus talks until after the election was an abrupt move that upended markets and political talks.

But perhaps no one was caught more flat-footed than Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) — who in a Spanish language debate tried to blame his opponent, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, of helping Democrats shut down progress on a COVID-19 bill.

The debate, pre-recorded on Saturday, was made public the same day that the president took full responsibility for blowing up stimulus negotiations.

Gardner is considered to be one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the Senate. His seat is a must-win for Democrats to regain control of the chamber.