Tuesday, July 23, 2024

AR-02: Debate Wrap-Up

Suzi Parker of Talk Business opened her article on the debate with a simple observation:

It was the night to confront Speaker of the House Robbie Wills.

Notable comments from Parker:

Wills held his own, stating firmly his record as a legislator.

Wills said he that he supports U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ desire for a one-year study [regarding “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”]. “I fully expect that it will be overturned,” he said.

Adams, Elliott and Boling said the policy should be repealed.

All five candidates said they believed global warming is man-made. They differed on cap and trade. “The cap and trade bill is dead,” Wills said. “It’s not coming back.”

Elliott said that the environment is not a “zero sum game” and that a middle ground was needed. Boling said that his past work in the Department of Justice proved to him that OPEC was a “price fixing cartel that gouges and rips off consumers.” He called for a reduction on foreign oil through comprehensive energy reform.

Jason Tolbert o’ the Tolbert Report offered a clear-cut result:

@Joyce4Congress is unashamedly to the left and therefore states her positions with authority – hence she wins tonight #AR2Debate

Other thoughts from Tolbert:

@votejohnadams is well but came across “brainy” @robbiewills waffled on almost every answer and probably lost votes

Initial thoughts @Joyce4Congress had the strongest performance – @arkansaskennedy was a mavrick [sic]- @boling4congress did fair but was awkward

@votejohnadams says he has never heard anyone say they wish Congress worked more like the Arkansas legislature – great @robbiewills shot [Author’s note: This is hilarious.]

@robbiewills says he supports studying repeal of “don’t ask – don’t tell” – @Joyce4Congress says why study when it is clearly needed

Finally, John Adams has uploaded pictures and a YouTube video of his closing statement.  Maybe someone should do an article on HIS use of social media.

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