Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Pennsylvania 10th CD debate

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

8 comments:

bill said...

too bad Meuser flat out lied. in 2000 almost no pride products were made in china. now almost all pride products are made in china. pride's most advanced products called 'blue floor' quantum products are now being moved overseas to china as the last of usa products. after the election pride will be quietly downsizing.

Bob Kelly said...

Bill,
Glad to see you can call someone else a liar when you're doing the same. Pride has been having products made in China for years. The company has hired MORE local employees since then. As for Pride downsizing, ya, that rumor goes around for every company every year. So take your crap somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

uhhmmm ahhhh errrr uhhmm

Anonymous said...

Bill -You are either a outsider with a little inaccurate knowledge or an insider who is a Liar for Hackett. All of Pride's Rehab (Blue Floor) products for the North American market are custom manufactured in Pride's Duryea facility. That's one of the fastest growing segments of Pride's business and it is one of Pride's top priorities to gain a greater share of that market segment in the years ahead.. Duryea's manufacturing employment will keep growing. Why does Hackett and his minions have to focus on lying about Pride? Its no way to run a campaign.

Anonymous said...

What makes Hackett's attacks particularly galling is you know he's one of those guy's who brags about having read Thomas Friedman's "The World is Flat" multiple times and how he agrees with its basic premise that Companies either have to adapt to the "flat world" and design themselves to thrive in it or they will struggle to compete. So here we have a real life example of a company doing just that and he attacks, attacks, attacks. He will clearly say anything in a desperate attempt to win this primary. How can Republican's support someone who is such a business basher? Shouldn't he be running in the democratic primary?

Anonymous said...

He will clearly say anything in a desperate attempt to win this primary. How can Republican's support someone who is such a business basher?

I'm really surprised he isn't half as smart as he thinks he is. Does he have this much money to throw away or is his ego that big? On April 23, Toomey, Madeira and Birmelin will be saying who's Hackett while Chris and Carol will be vacating their office.

At least Susie can go back to her house on the hill!

SP said...

anonymous who says 'All of Pride's Rehab (Blue Floor) products for the North American market are custom manufactured in Pride's Duryea facility' . do you want me to prove you a liar also with proof where they are manufactured? don't throw stones when you live in a glass house

Anonymous said...

You obviously don't understand my post or you have bad info about what SP does for Pride you asshole. Besides, the most important point is that Pride's focused on growing its US manufacturing employment not shrinking it. Pride is going to grow overall employment and become so well know locally for being a world class company and the best place in NEPA to work, that 10 years from now it will seem remarkable that back in 2008 some smug temp agency sleaze bag actually based his campaign on trying to make it look like dirty company.