Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Hutchinson-Beebe Live Debate Thread

Asa and Mike Beebe take the stage in Fayetteville at the University of Arkansas Division of Continuing Education Auditorium tonight starting at 6 p.m. It will be on the radio, 107.9 FM, and will be simulcast at KHOG's website "for those outside the Fayetteville Market". The debate is NOT open to the public, or for that matter two of the candidates!

Post comments on the debate here......


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I really thought this one would get some comments. The hit counter shows plenty of people checking in.

I will give you my synopsis then. Except for the parts where they both made me gag with their big government nanny state pablum (that would be college bonds, mental health care, "healty arkansas", stuff like that).

Specifically Asa did well on....

*Illegal Immigration
*Protecting Rural Schools
*Eliminating the Grocery Tax
*Highway plan
*Closing statement (NRA and Right to Life Endorsements helped too)

Beebe made Asa look a little silly on the "Arkansas Surgeon General" answer, though Asa came back as well as he could have. On the rest of the questions, neither of them did well. Too much big government spending in there.

5:15 PM, October 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beebe straight lied on his "closing Paron was a local decision" answer.

He L-I-E-D

And it will cost him the election.

5:25 PM, October 04, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

You have to learn to speak parser. Beebe said it was a local decision of the BRYANT school board to close Paron, and he was correct. But the problem is that Bryant swallowed up Paron, took the bonus money for consolidation, and then steamrolled over the community of Paron.

That is why the so-called "administrative" consolidation is a farce. Asa does not go far enough and that left Beebe an out, since Asa was also for the administrative consolidation.

5:37 PM, October 04, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

That is what happens when you FORCE consolidation against the will of one of the consolidating parties, even when the school is doing its job.

I know Asa was against closing Paron down. He is better than Beebe on it, but he is trying to walk down two separate roads at the same time: consoldation of administration and protecting rural schools. Those goals are contradictory and eventually he will have to choose one over the other. Beebe has already made his choice.

5:41 PM, October 04, 2006  
Blogger Valerie said...

40/29 has a survey up now about the debate. Go cast your vote.

8:07 PM, October 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it was kind of odd that Beebe had to go to great lengths to mention his faith in God when Asa didn't. Generally when someone has a belief in God and has faith in God, it is shown by what they say and do. Could it possibly be that Beebe's liberal leanings specifically contradict what he says he believes about God and his faith he says he has in God, so much so that he has to mention it in a debate to make sure everyone that is watching and listening hears him? Yes, I think so.

8:36 PM, October 04, 2006  
Anonymous Mark Moore said...

Actually, I thought that was one of Beebe's best answers. I liked him more on that answer. I don't doubt the sincerty of his faith in God, just his application of it.

8:42 PM, October 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can Beebe not keep from flip flopping on the grocery tax?? He always has that disclaimer "but" at the end of anything he says. He says he wants to do away with the tax, but then says we need to have more "common sense" about doing it. Which means, in code, that he'll never get around to it. Asa is the only one that has been clear on this topic as well as all the other important subjects such as education and immigration.

9:07 PM, October 04, 2006  
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