This year’s political campaigns in the USA have been a rollercoaster ride. At this point, I’m hesitant to predict anything other than the Republicans will gain a few seats in the Senate (even if they lose one or two seats) and the Democrats will pick up a couple of governorships.
Even though they are very much tailored to ensure nothing like real argument happens instead of an exchange of soundbites, I still enjoy watching debates between political candidates. I debated as a teen and coached debate at the high school and college level but I think what I really like is the gotcha moment when one candidate zings another. Also I am a political junky and am addicted to this type of thing. Some interesting things I saw this election season.
1.) Arkansas Senate Debate - Mark Pryor said when asked what is a middle class salary to him that it was $200,000. He was going to lose anyway but that was a real gaffe.
2.) Florida gubernatorial debate – Rick Scott, also likely to lose re-election, refusing to come out at the beginning of the debate because of a disagreement about a fan used by his opponent.
3.) North Carolina Senate Debate- Kay Hagan skipping a debate all together because of questions about how stimulus funds were spent by her husband’s company.
4.) Georgia Senate Debate - Michelle Nunn hammering David Perdue on outsourcing jobs. I think she is going to at least force a run-off in January (Georgia election law).
5.) Kentucky Senate Debate - Alison Lundergan Grimes refusing to say whether or not she voted for Obama and not dinging Mitch McConnell for his many misstatements.
6.) Louisiana Senate Debate – In answer to a question about medical marijuana, The Republican candidate Bill Cassidy (himself a doctor) said he was for it while the incumbent Mary Landrieu a Democrat aid she was against it.
7.) Wisconsin gubernatorial debate – I think Mary Burke has a good chance of beating Scott Walker. She certainly did an excellent job of exposing his record in the one debate I saw.