I have to rely on others’ accountings as I was not there for the event. As of this writing, sources are scarce. I will add to this report if other reports become available.
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, “good government” organization that sponsors debates and lobbies to make sure the voting process is fair. That usually means that their events are tedious and hyper-informative, over-scrupulously fair and mind-numbingly dull. Last night’s debate in Bath was all of these things and more — it displayed the best and worst of the League and the candidates.
During the 1.5-hour frequently combative debate, the men fielded a number of questions also asked during the past week including jobs and the economy, the war in Iraq, illegal immigration, energy consumption and universal health care.Other issues included the rights of suspected terrorists, military spending, social security reform and late-night passage of federal bills.
NY-29: Kuhl loses his cool over torture (An account by Eric Massa)
But during last night’s debate Randy simply lost his cool. It came during his answer to a question about torture. As usual, Rubber Stamp Randy was repeating the Republican talking points. The audience wasn’t buying his defense of torture and Kuhl tried to play the fear card and screamed at the audience “These are people who want to kill you! Who want to kill you!” (video) He had another outburst later when discussing the cost of single payer health care. He also said to me “If you had ever been in Iraq you’d know how hot it is.” He actually accused me of not having served in the Middle East. The audience found that rather humorous and I set the record straight.