NBC and AARP recently hosted a debate between the three candidates running for Congress in Ohio’s 15th Congressional district – a Democrat, a Republican, and independent Don Eckhart.Â No one in the race is an incumbent, and Eckhart has polled at 7%.Â The transcript, along with a video that introduces each candidate is available here.
An excerpt of the debate is posted below.Â It is Don Eckhart’s introduction of himself:
I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE MYSELF BY DESCRIBING THREE VERY SERIOUS NATIONAL ISSUES AND HOW I CAN BE HELP TO ALL OF THE ISSUES. FIRST, THE CULTURE OF LIFE IN OUR COUNTRY. I AM THE ONLY PRO-LIFE CANDIDATE SITTING AT THIS TABLE OUT OF THE THREE CANDIDATES. WHEN I SAY PRO LIFE I MEAN WOMB TO TOMB. I HOPE THAT GIVES YOU COMFORT. WOMB TO TOMB. YOU DESERVE RESPECT. YOU DESERVE DIGNITY. YOU DESERVE COMPASSION IN YOUR OLD AGE. THAT IS WHAT I WILL HELP TO BRING TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE. SECONDLY, WE’RE A NATION IN DEBT. OUR BUDGET DEFICIT IS OVER $9 TRILLION. WE HAVE A FEDERAL, A NATIONAL TRADE DEFICIT, CONSUMER DEBT, WE HAVE HAD A HOUSING CRISIS, WE HAVE 3 INVESTORS BUYING UP OUR COMPANIES. I’M A BUDGET EXPERT, A FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT EXPERT. I CAN BRING MY SKILLS TO WASHINGTON TO HELP WITH THESE PROBLEMS. THIRD, OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM IS BROKEN. WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS LOBBYISTS PAY MONEY TO CANDIDATES, POLITICIANS, POLITICIANS ARE OBLIGATED TO DO FAVORS IN TERMS OF SPECIAL LEGISLATION, TAX BREAKS, CONTRACTS YOU NAME IT THEY GET IT FROM POLITICIANS. I AM NOT OF THAT MODE. I TAKE NO MONEY FROM LOBBYIST. I’M NOT OBLIGATED TO ANYONE. I WILL SEVEN THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE.