I attended the Nancy Johnson/Chris Murphy debate last night but due to a power outage at my house, I'm unable to upload the video highlights. Until I have everything uploaded, I'm not going to comment on anything in great detail as I rather wait till the video is online.
In short, Murphy won the debate just as he won the first one. For the life of me, I don't know what Nancy Johnson is thinking when she says No Child Left Behind is funded. Any teacher wil tell you nothing but bad things about the plan and after Johnson's first goof-up at the first debate, you would think she learned not to say something like that.
Same goes for her position on illegal wiretapping. Here again, Johnson distorted the facts behind the FISA law and Murphy nailed her on it. Grrr...I would love to go into detail but it's so much better with the video...
The News-Times did a write-up on the debate which missed several key moments. When I post on the debate, I'll break teh News-Times piece down and with the video footage I obtained, show you where they missed the story.
Sorry folks, I really wanted the video online now but some things are out of my control. I'll have my full roundup posted later.
FYI: Fred Lucas, you're not Mark Davis and you don't work for channel 8. There was NO need for the senate question. This was the last debate and there were so many questions that you could have asked which are important to the people in the fifth district...a question about the U.S. senate race wasn't one of them.
UPDATE: Now this is how you write a story. Unlike the News-Times piece which was WAY to general, the Hartford Courant does the right thing and focuses on the most important part of the debate: the medicare bill and how it effects seniors.
U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson, R-Conn., believes her co-authorship of the Medicare prescription drug legislation is a plus with senior voters.
But her opponent, state Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Southington, sees it as a political liability for Johnson and an advantage for him this election year.
With some seniors frustrated by the complexity of the new Medicare drug program and worried about uncovered expenses, Murphy and his supporters claim older voters are flocking to his candidacy and could make the difference in this closely watched 5th congressional district battle.
"They vote at 80 percent clips, whereas people my age are voting at 20 percent clips," said Murphy, 33. "I don't think it's inaccurate to say that seniors, in their level of dissatisfaction, could be pivotal."
About 13.8 percent of the 5th District is aged 65 years or older, according to 2000 U.S. Census Bureau data.
At the Courant article states (and the News-Tiems missed), seniors make up a HUGE portion of the voting population in the fifth district and if Nancy Johnson loses, it will be primairly because of the senior's outrage over the new Medicare prescription drug legislation she sponsored.
Grr...I sooo wanna get dig into the debate, break everything down, and fully explain why the Courant piece is better than the News-Times article but I just can't right now.
I promise to come back to this later.