Candidates spar in battle for Congress

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SIERRA VISTA —  At their first face-to-face forum Wednesday night, Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally was the first to go on the offensive, questioning her Democratic rival’s personal stands.

While Democratic incumbent Ron Barber was  temporarily pushed into a defensive role, he found an opening  and soon took an offensive against her.

The forum, which is one of just two scheduled between  the two candidates for Arizona’s Congressional District 2 seat, required the candidates respond to 10 questions prepared by the Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce and one question from the respective opponent.

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franklymydears on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 1:26pm
Title: CD 2 forum

I’m old enough to recall that Harry Truman advised the unready-for-prime-time
political wanna-be’s: If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
The line came to mind while reading of Colonel McSally’s objections to an
independent organization’s ad which put her prescriptions for curing the
country’s ills on recipe cards. He bought the kitchen imagery and bragged or
complained that she had been too occupied in the cockpit of a warplane to
have spent much time in the kitchen. And she wants an apology from
Congressman Barber — who neither produced nor approved the ad — instead of
using the opportunity to explain her positions or show how they are
mischaracterized by her opponents. Should she continue to wish to have a
career in public office after the current election, McSally would be well
advised to implant herself in the district and get to know her neighbors and
their issues. Meanwhile, Ron Barber is a perfect fit for our moderate
electorate, whom he’s known 50 years.

Sumtingwong on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 6:28pm
Title: Neither

Neither one should be elected, but what choice to we have? She is no heroine,
and he is in the race because of the symathy vote.

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