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Friday, September 29, 2006

New Jersey U.S. Senate Debate Between Tom Kean and Bob Menendez.

We haven’t read much discussion about the virtual debate between Tom Kean and Bob Menendez being hosted by the Hall Institute. That’s really a shame because there’s more to be learned from that site about the candidates' positions then you’ll find anywhere.

Some have said the virtual debate is an exercise between the candidates' communications staffs. Perhaps, but the tone, approach to problems, political philosophy and policy positions taken in the debate have, at the very least, been approved by each candidate.

So, if you’re interested in issues versus sound bites and want to find out where Kean and Menendez stand on some of the most important issues facing our country, you really should spend a few minutes reading the candidates' responses and rebuttals.

We’ve provided links below to the opening statements, all Eight debate topics and the responses from both Kean and Menendez. Responses from other candidates may be found here.

Opening Statements
Tom Kean
Bob Menendez

1: Fiscal Issues (read question)
Responses
Tom Kean
Bob Menendez
Rebuttals
From Bob Menendez

2: Foreign Policy (read question)
Responses
Tom Kean
Bob Menendez
Rebuttals
From Bob Menendez
From Tom Kean

3: Social Security (read question)
Responses
Tom Kean
Bob Menendez
Rebuttals
From Bob Menendez
From Tom Kean

4: Medicaid (read question)
Responses
Tom Kean
Bob Menendez
Rebuttals
From Bob Menendez
From Tom Kean

5: Higher Education (read question)
Responses
Tom Kean
Bob Menendez
Rebuttals
From Bob Menendez

6: Immigration (read question)
Responses
Tom Kean
Bob Menendez
Rebuttals
From Tom Kean

7: Environment (read question)
Responses
Tom Kean
Bob Menendez
Rebuttals
From Robert Menendez

8: Concluding Questions (read question)
Responses
Tom Kean
Bob Menendez



1 Comments:

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

Nice post enlighten. I've been following the virtual debates religiously (as us political junkies tend to do) and I always laugh at Menendez's responses and rebuttals in these debates.

He'll always so into some kind of flashback fluff story and then use the rest on his response saying "Bush is Bad"! In some of them he skips the pleasantries and just goes right for Bush. It's hilarious!

His entire strategy from the beginning was to tie Kean to Bush and now, as you so brilliantly pointed out, he JUST VOTED WITH BUSH!

He just took his "golden goose" strategy and turned it into an albatros!

Now, being the Monty Python junkie that I am, the only thing that will come to mind for me whenever Menendez's name comes up will be, "ALBATROS, ALBATROS!!"

 

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