Democrat Thompson, Libertarian Rockhold debate in KS 4th CD special election; GOP candidate MIA

Daniel Salazar at kansas.com:

Hundreds of chairs were filled at a Friends University auditorium on Thursday evening as Democrat James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold squared off in a debate for the 4th Congressional District special election.

A vacant seat between them was for Republican candidate Ron Estes, who did not attend.

Both candidates blasted Estes for his absence.

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The debate was sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Women for Kansas, with about 250 or so people in attendance.

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Rockhold, a flight instructor, said he was tired of over-reaching government and “endless war.”

“I wanted to be the person that somebody who is aligned with those values could vote for,” he said.

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Rockhold said he would like to see more options in the marketplace.

“I would like to see people be able to shop across state lines for health insurance,” he said. “I would like to see more private options.”

Both Rockhold and Thompson criticized national security policies of the Trump administration, such as the plan to build a wall on the southern border and a travel ban on residents from certain Muslim-majority countries.

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Both candidates also criticized cuts in the administration’s proposed budget for the federal government.

“We need to start with defense,” Rockhold said. “We have a lot of bigger fish to fry than the National Endowment for the Arts.”

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Rockhold said Estes assumes the district’s support for Republican candidates will continue in the special election.

“We’re sending a message to those people who just assume because they carry a letter next to their name that they’re somehow entitled to that job,” he said.

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The three candidates are vying for the 4th District congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Mike Pompeo, who became the director of the Central Intelligence Agency in January.

The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday. Early in-person voting in Sedgwick County begins on March 27. The special election is April 11.

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/election/article139045653.html#storylink=cpy

8 thoughts on “Democrat Thompson, Libertarian Rockhold debate in KS 4th CD special election; GOP candidate MIA

  1. Joshua Koch

    Great job by the Libertarian candidate. Kudos to the Democrat for showing up. Shame on the Republican for failing to do so.

  2. Tony From Long Island

    A Libertarian who doesn’t see the sense in cutting the National Endowment for the Arts? He can’t be a REAL Libertarian! 🙂 He supports big government art!

    p.s. He also has common sense apparently.

  3. paulie Post author

    “We need to start with defense,” Rockhold said. “We have a lot of bigger fish to fry than the National Endowment for the Arts.”

    And I agree. On the other hand, I am an anarchist and would not leave any government program standing in the long run, at least not as a coercively funded or forced monopoly enterprise. I don’t support big government art, but I do believe that cutting the NEA and the other relatively tiny government programs that get slashed in Trump’s budget while at the same time massively increasing the already obscenely bloated military and fatherland spying budgets and doing nothing about the continuing bloat of debt and entitlements is exactly the wrong incremental approach. My priorities for cutting government would be exactly the opposite of the Trump budget, although I would not increase anything.

  4. Tony From Long Island

    I could agree on not increasing funding for the arts and humanities (though I support doing so) if it meant the defense budget would be slashed “bigly”

  5. dL

    A Libertarian who doesn’t see the sense in cutting the National Endowment for the Arts? He can’t be a REAL Libertarian! ? He supports big government art!

    It’s called prioritizing. The worst offense is military spending. The least is sesame street. Gutting sesame street and lavishing on the military/security organs is the worst possible result. You are getting the state socialist stasi w/o the socialism. Cons hate socialism but luv the stasi. The only incrementalism of the Trump budget is akin to the incrementalism of going from root canal to anal cavity search.

  6. Tony From Long Island

    But gutting the EPA, State Dept. and Meals on Wheels for old people is OK?

    Let me guess, the free market will stop putting coal ash in waterways and CO2 in the sky, right?

  7. dL

    But gutting the EPA, State Dept. and Meals on Wheels for old people is OK?

    Let me guess, the free market will stop putting coal ash in waterways and CO2 in the sky, right?

    who r u talking to here?

    I will say that libertarianism doesn’t have much regard for Nixon created administrative state organs like the EPA. Nor is too obvious to point out that whatever environmental failings you think are there to point out have happened under the watch of the EPA. Let me guess, government compliance edicts will magically resolve anthropomorphic rent-seeking boondoggles, right? The same government that you can’t trust not to abuse its powers over trivial things like parking meters, the same government that claims science informs us that weed is as dangerous as heroin, is the same government you can trust to have ostensible command and control over climate change?

  8. Tony From Long Island

    Government is not perfect. Politics infects everything, but NO government is anarchy . . . but that’s what most of the posters here crave, right?

    There are 350 million people in this country. Not very easy to govern.

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