The first debate was moderated by former KOLR 10 anchor Mike Peters, and focused on issues raised by Joy Robertson of KOLR and Brian Calfano of KWTO. Kevin Craig participated in this debate.
The second debate was unmoderated bickering over Billy Long's position on Social Security and whether or not the Democrats and Republicans will ever end their partisan bickering and deal with the issues raised in the first debate. Kevin Craig did not need to participate in this second debate.
Comments From: Candidates clash over campaigns, issues in 7th District debate News-Leader.com Springfield News-Leader
Shame on you Newsleader, I am not a libertarian but there were 3 candidates last night. Your front page does a nice job of eliminating Craig as even a viable option. We are all sick and tired of the establishment and complain that Washington is full of politicians interested in themselves but when it comes down to voting or in this case simply having a debate, our minds are already made up! Our government is certainly a representation of ourselves! We sound like Scott and Billy arguing for the sake of arguing. Kevin Craig sounds like a candidate that I would want to represent me in Washington. Ive never heard of him but maybe thats a good thing! We already have a bunch of Scotts and Billys in Washington!
10/8/2010 6:51:48 AM
Kevin Craig was the only one who answered all the questions and acted like an adult. The other two avoided certain questions, and instead argued with each other like two immature little boys. They are untrustworthy liars, we have enough people like that already! Kevin Craig was the only choice. At least he would consider our best interests and make mature decisions, instead playing politics and fighting like a whiny child. Vote for the only responsible adult who will treat us like adults and run this Country responsibly. Throwing a hissy fit should not make a person more “popular”, don’t vote for the “name” that you hear the most. Vote like an intelligent adult. We will be able to tell how intelligent the people of the seventh district are based on how they will vote. I hope the voters are not whiny brats that want someone like themselves to be their “babysitter.”
10/8/2010 7:29:28 AM
If we get rid of the Republicrat labels, people might learn to think for themselves. They might start paying attention to how politics control their life and destroy this country. Why vote for the lesser of two evils when there is an intelligent third choice? Why would you vote for whiny, immature, control freak brats who avoid questions to lie about each other? Why not vote for the only one who answered the questions like an adult? Are people so brainwashed that they vote for the person throwing the biggest hissy fit, rather than thinking for themselves and voting for the one with intelligent answers? No wonder people in this Country are obsessed with celebrities who are whiny brats. Nobody pays attention to people who make inventions, scientific discoveries, or offer solutions to saving this Country. Only people who are brainwashed by mainstream media will vote for a whiny brat over the intelligent adult Kevin Craig. The other two argued when they were confused about the questions.
10/8/2010 8:04:24 AM
I will be voting for Mr. Craig, never have voted for a libertarian before but I'm sure going to this time. We don't need anymore like the Dems and Repubs have running. Mr. Long should have shed some real pounds before his campaign, sure would help his image, just seems to fortify his lack of the issues in my opinion.
10/8/2010 8:50:03 AM
Folks... I have read all the comments thus far and thus far I have came to the conclusion that this was just like trying to watch the television from 4:00 p.m. till 6:30 with all the political "slam-bam-boom" going on. It all starts out with one candidate hammering on one candidate, then another candidate hammering on another one. NO ONE is honest or worth while to run for office. In reading the comments thus far in MY HUMBLE OPINION I go with Kevin Craig.
10/8/2010 9:34:58 AM
Kevin Craig "won" the debate. He was honest, straightforward and had some of the best answers.
His claim about the Constitution being about "enumerated powers" is simply false. The ink was barely dry on the Constitution before it was decided that the Federal government had broad latitude under the Commerce, General Welfare and Necessary and Proper clauses. That's documented history. I also found it sadly ironic that Mr. Craig might end up dying from a recurrence of his colon cancer because of his conception of how health care should work.
That said, Eckersley and Long made themselves look silly with their bickering and sniping. Craig was clearly too classy to say this, but a perfect closing statement would have been, "You need a reason to vote for me? Look to my left. You have a choice between a fresh and honest approach to government, or more partisan bickering."
10/8/2010 10:09:59 AM
If not for Kevin Craig, the debate would have been unwatchable.
Thank you, Mr.Craig. I wish I could vote for you, but I simply don't agree with your positions.
The candidate who chose to ignore the questions and launch into repeated personal attacks should apologize to the debate hosts, the public, and the other candidates. What you were saying was not necessarily wrong or incorrect, but your timing was inappropriate. I have never missed a vote in a congressional election, but I am considering not voting in this race. If you apologize, you might still have a shot with me.
10/8/2010 11:42:06 AM
I agree with Kevin Craig on his vehement anti-war position and I appreciated Scott stating that our fiscal responsibility is at home first-not bankrolling the never ending Mid East wars.
Billy Long's "whatever it takes" on Iran and nukes made me want to puke. Roll yourself out there first Billy, and our boys may or may not be behind you. Craig was spot on about real reasons why the US is hated in the Mid East.
When asked about personal healthcare insurance, "Billy Send this Business Man to Congress I'll Dismantle Obamacare" said he didn't know how much he pays for health insurance because his wife handles it.
This is his own company insurance. Couldn't this business man even venture a guess?
Billy obviously doesn't lose sleep worrying about affordable healthcare for Billy.
Billycare? Is he uninsured?
Then Kevin Craig states he has no health insurance, he has a history of colon cancer and is overdue for a colonoscopy.
And politicians like Billy could care less.
10/8/2010 12:33:45 PM
Replying to trip5:
I see your point, but I think it's been forgotten that Long's been ducking Eckersley for so long, that when Eck finally had a clear shot, he had to take it.
That's probably true, but as someone who hasn't followed the campaign at that level of detail (and I'll bet I'm more informed than many who watched), Eckersley overplayed his hand and came off looking a little petty. He should have been better prepared for Long's obvious responses (is there anything Billy Long does that isn't painfully simple-minded?).
Overall, Eckersley came across as the most qualified candidate. Craig's contributions were refreshingly forthright and, in foreign policy, well-informed. Long doesn't seem to know anything about anything except "signing the front of a check." Great, just what we need in Washington: someone who knows how to sign checks but doesn't know how much he's paying (re: answer on his health care).
10/8/2010 2:04:07 PM
Although, I don't agree with everything Kevin Craig said, he will be getting my vote now. Scott and Billy have very, very limited intelligence and both came off as encapable of being our representatives. I hope people will think about how limited both Scott & Billy are in our local arena and get out of their Democratic or Republican thinking and vote for Craig. I can't vote Republican this time around. It would be wrong. News-Leader, you do owe Craig some more attention. Please help us all out here and give him some paper time. Plain & Simple we cannot trust either Scott or Billy.
10/9/2010 12:38:21 PM
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