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Mon Apr 4, 2016, 09:25 AM

Edwards and Van Hollen Duke it Out at Goucher College

https://laurenfoster64.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/edwards-and-van-hollen-duke-it-out-at-goucher-college/


I had an opportunity to see Congresswoman Donna Edwards and Congressman Chris Van Hollen duke it out at the Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College, last Monday. If you’d prefer a debate about differing views and you don’t like a lot of name-calling, this was not the debate for you. It turns out that the candidates have a lot in common, so, to “score points” they pointed out inconsistencies, sometimes with great vigor.


The debate started with a 90 second introduction from both candidates. Van Hollen talked about delivering real results, knowing when to fight and when to find common ground, and – a dig at his opponent, being about more than just rhetoric, which does not get the job done. Edwards talked about the reality that even with our improving economy and college opportunities, Marylanders are struggling, and that she personally understands. As such, she can bring that understanding voice to the Senate and stand for struggling Marylanders.

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Reply Edwards and Van Hollen Duke it Out at Goucher College (Original post)
qwlauren35 Apr 2016 OP
onecaliberal Apr 2016 #1
elleng Apr 2016 #7
BlueMTexpat Apr 2016 #2
qwlauren35 Apr 2016 #3
BlueMTexpat Apr 2016 #5
BlueMTexpat Apr 2016 #4
qwlauren35 Apr 2016 #6
BlueMTexpat Apr 2016 #8

Response to qwlauren35 (Original post)

Mon Apr 4, 2016, 09:27 AM

1. Pulling for Edwards, the corp dems need to go!

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 4, 2016, 12:21 PM

7. Exactly!

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Response to qwlauren35 (Original post)

Mon Apr 4, 2016, 10:35 AM

2. I saw their debate on MPT

last week. It was one of real substance.

We are fortunate in both candidates. I am truly sorry to see either lose.

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 4, 2016, 11:26 AM

3. I'm so glad you saw it.

It was so dense that I only got clips. I'd like to know if you think I captured the essence of it.

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Response to qwlauren35 (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 4, 2016, 12:12 PM

5. Sorry, I thought that I was responding to

you but responded instead to myself in mt last post, LOL. Sorry about that.

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Response to qwlauren35 (Original post)

Mon Apr 4, 2016, 11:37 AM

4. I believed that you captured most of the

essence, which was much more about what either would do than about differences.

One point though that Van Hollen raised that I had not known about before was that there seems to be some difference about how responsive each was to the constituents in their respective Congressional districts. This point was detailed in an op-ed by Heather Mizeur: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-mizeur-vanhollen-20160327-story.html

But Donna is fighting back. Per today's Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/blog/bal-rep-donna-edwards-buys-airtime-pushes-back-on-constituent-services-20160404-story.html

It's been a generally civil race between two good candidates. MD is fortunate in the quality of politicians it has, IMO.

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 4, 2016, 12:18 PM

6. The constituent issue

wasn't in the Goucher debate, although I heard it came up in other debates.

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Response to qwlauren35 (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 4, 2016, 12:33 PM

8. OK - it must have not

been the Goucher debate that I saw on MPT.

I tried to find a link to the broadcast, but either am MPT-challenged or there isn't one, which I find to be strange. Sorry about that.

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