Tag: 11th Congressional district
In addition to the WTOP debate Lowell discusses below , Democrat Gerry Connolly and Tea Party Repub Keith Fimian also appeared on WAMU's Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi today.
What struck me most about this debate was how uncomfortable Fimian became every time anyone tried to pull him away from what Connolly called his Republican "national partisan talking points". He clung to those tired old right wing clichés like a baby to its blanket. Every time anyone raised an issue that diverted from his talking points, Fimian tried to dodge the question and get back to the Karl Rove/Newt Gingrich-approved, poll-tested script.
When Tom Sherwood asked the candidates what ideas they had to fix the economy other than tax cuts, Fimian said his answer was - cutting capital gains taxes! (To ZERO for start up businesses. Heck, why not issue them free brandy and cigars too?)
Abortion? "...if abortion is your issue, Mr. Connolly is your guy. But if you wanna fix this economy, if you wanna grow this economy, create jobs, get out of the mess we're in and it is now dangerous...I'm the guy. I'm the man to do it. Gerry Connolly is not..."
Gays in the military? "I would rely on the good judgment of our commanders...But, look...[w]hat matters to the voters right now are jobs, the economy and spending..."