Despite a small turnout (about twenty in attendance) the 1st District US Congressional candidates went toe-to-toe last night in a friendly – yet quite heated at times – debate sponsored by the SNA at the JCC last night.
Moderated by neighbor Dan Cahill, the evening began with each candidate introducing themselves to the audience in a two-minute speech. Each then answered a slew of questions on wide-ranging topics including jobs creation, healthcare, Social Security, Iran nuclear armament, trade with China, war in Afghanistan, President Obama’s handling of the Gulf oil spill, and immigration.
Questions were prepared ahead of time by SNA members, and also submitted at the door by the arriving audience. Questions were also submitted using Twitter. Following the formal time for submitted questions, the floor opened up to questions from the audience.
The debate heated up at various times, perhaps most notably when a question was asked in regards to the candidates running negative campaigns. Each candidate denied participating in negative campaigning, and one audience member used his question time to disagree.
The evening ended with each candidate making a closing statement and thanking SNA for hosting.
Some photos appear below, and here is a link to the ProJo article covering the story: Click here.