Well it wasn't Lincoln-Douglas or even Mondale-Dole for that matter. Neither candidate scored a knockout line but I think both gentlemen did well for rookies. Republicans Chris Hackett and Dan Meuser actually did show some differences about Social Security, Iraq and Government spending. They agreed that taxes are bad and the other guy should stop saying mean things about me.
Hackett got the first opening statement and said he hasn't spent a lot of time talking about his successful businesses but listening to people. Meuser used his time to talk about Pride Mobility. When asked about to pay for the Iraq war and how you cut taxes at the same time they both dodged the question. On the follow up by Boris, Hackett said that raising taxes decreases revenue to the federal government and advocated a flat tax. Meuser went off on Corporate tax rates.
They both agreed that the government spends too much money. Hackett had a good line saying that pork barrel spending is a "gateway drug" for members of Congress. When Bill Kelly pointed out that they have both spent obscene amounts of money Meuser asked "Did you have to say that in front of my wife?" On negative campaigning Hackett said that is the eye of the beholder and Meuser called Hackett a liar for accusing him of giving money to Hillary Clinton then smacked his opponent over the C3i thing.
On the best Prez and worst one Meuser said he admired Teddy Roosevelt although he was a progressive and even a , gulp , liberal. He didn't like Jimmy Carter. He also likes Saint Ronny. Hackett also cited Reagan as his favorite then said that Clinton was his least favorite.
The whole thing is on WVIA's website.
Update: Right Winger has a first person account
The CV has some choice quotes
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