Confessions of a Hoosier Democrat

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Hill and Sodrel debate

In what may be one of the closest House races in the nation, Baron Hill and Mike Sodrel faced off with Libertarian Eric Schansberg.

9th District candidates face off - Indianapolis Star
9th District debate focuses on war in Iraq, energy - Louisville Courier-Journal

This is the third time that Hill and Sodrel have faced each other in the IN-9 race. In 2002, Hill defeated Sodrel. In 2004, Sodrel beat Hill by less than 1,500 votes.

Sodrel continued to be out of touch with Indiana voters as he firmly stated that there was no real crisis with regard to the US energy policy stating that the 1973 Oil Embargo was much worse. I guess he should talk to 100+ DaimlerChrysler workers in Kokomo who were just laid off because of high fuel prices.

When Sodrel couldn't attack Hill, he took to attacking Nancy Pelosi. He said that the Republican Speaker of the House is from Illinois, "the Heartland". If Democrats retake the House, Pelosi would likely be Speaker, "from San Francisco, California." Ooooo... nothing like trying to scare voters with the thought that someone from EEEEEK San Francisco would be Speaker. Hill thoughtfully countered by saying that voters should look at individual candidates and who would represent them the best. "This is not about the political parties," he said. "It's all about you {the voters}."

Neither candidate said we should pull out of Iraq, but while Sodrel wanted to blindly continue on a road that is leading Iraq into civil war, Hill said that they can't continue to "stay the course" and remain in Iraq indefinately. Hill, who voted for the authorization of force bill in 2002, said that he was lied to by the Bush Administation about the need to go to war.

Finally Baron Hill continued to challenge Sodrel to future one-topic debates. Sodrel said that he wouldn't debate on a single subject, that the voters wouldn't get to hear all of the candidate's views. So unless they can come up with something this may be the first and last debate for the two.

4 Comments:

  • At September 02, 2006 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If only having the link to Baron's website doesn't show this blogger's bias, I don't know what does. Nice job with your liberal rhetoric, but Mike Sodrel and Eric Schansberg are in much better touch with Indiana than Baron Hill was or will ever be. Yes there is a major difference between the heartland and the East and West coast and mid-West people do not want them controlling our country.

     
  • At September 02, 2006 5:59 PM, Blogger Rob said…

    I've never claimed to not be biased. I'm a Democrat. I say so in the title of the blog. If you would like an unbiased report of the debate I'd invite you to read the two articles I linked.

    As for not "mid-West" people not wanting East/West coast people controlling our country... First, don't speak for all "mid-West" people... second, while President Bush claims Texas as his homestate, everyone knows he was born in New Haven Connecticut and went to High School at the elite Andover Academy in Massachusetts and college at Yale and Harvard. If that doesn't scream "heartland" I don't know what does... {Note, sarcasm decoder rings are available in selected boxes of Cracker Jacks.}

     
  • At October 05, 2006 2:19 PM, Blogger Marked Hoosier said…

    I want a sarcasm decoder ring... :(

    Nothing like an anonymous drive-by troll huh?

     
  • At October 14, 2009 2:45 PM, Blogger Dave DeKold said…

    Stumbled upon this (isn't Google wonderful.) How prescient Sodrel was and how wrong you (Hoser Democrat) were. Time usually allows truth (and foolishness) to come to the light.

     

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