Sen. Cory Gardner Holds Call-In Town Hall

DENVER (AP) — Sen. Cory Gardner held a call-in town hall rather than one in person.

Protesters dogged the Republican senator all last week during congressional recess. They demanded he hold a public town hall with his Colorado constituents. Activists and critics of President Trump have used town halls to pressure and embarrass GOP members of congress.

Sen. Cory Gardner (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Sen. Cory Gardner (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Instead Gardner scheduled a telephonic town hall. He held that on Wednesday. It ran for a little less than an hour because Gardner had to go to the White House to meet with the president.

President Donald Trump hosts Republican Congressional leaders Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA); Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and members of Trump's staff during a working lunch in the Roosevelt Room at the White House March 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump hosts Republican Congressional leaders, including Colorado Senator Cory Gardner, front right, during a working lunch in the Roosevelt Room at the White House March 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Questioners asked Gardner about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and whether he’d back an independent probe into Russian hacking. Gardner said the Republican-led congressional intelligence committees should take the lead.

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