Saturday, May 06, 2006

Lines Drawn in Pine Bluff Governor's Debate

Early reports indicate that Attorney General Mike Bebee did not enjoy his debate with Asa Hutchinson that was hosted by the press club in Pine Bluff. Bebee tried to do the rope-a-dope on abortion. Asa was comfortable on the issue with a fairly strong pro-life record.

Unless you are so powerful that there is no chance they would dare cross you, it is irrational to vote for a pro-abortion politician. If they are willing to trade away the unborn's rights in order to get votes, then they will trade away your rights when they can get away with it. Usually that takes place behind closed doors.

The other defining issue was the degree to which each candidate expressed a willingness to protect rural schools. Bebee stayed evasive on the rural schools issue while Hutchinson repeated his willingness to protect rural schools that are performing.

If you have any other input on the debate, this is the place to put it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides abortion and rural schools, Hutchinson also went after Beebe on taxes.

5:03 PM, May 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But did Asa mean the surplus should be spent or returned to the people with a tax cut? I wish he had said. It makes a big difference.

5:29 AM, May 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's been calling for tax cuts the entire campaign, and he did so again at the debate. AP story makes it clear. Beebe called for holding on to the surplus for a "rainy day" fund. Asa came back with the comment, "An awful lot of Arkansans think it's a rainy day right now."

5:59 AM, May 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Asa did some waffling on Abortion himself. When asked if he would push for a South Dakota type ban in Arkansas, he said he would not confront the issue. Is he trying to get credit for being pro-life simply by saying he is pro-life or by actaully pushing for changes in the law that will save the lives of babies?

10:13 AM, May 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope, you got it wrong. Just because the media report it wrongly, don't go around repeating it as truth. Asa's pro-life record is 100 percent. What he said was that there was no need for him to challenge the Supreme Court on Roe v Wade, that South Dakota had taken that step and now it was in the Supreme Court's hands.

Although not reported, a reporter told me also that he said Asa would push for a partial birth abortion ban in Arkansas, one that would not be struck down by the courts.

10:43 AM, May 08, 2006  

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