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GOP Candidates State Their Case to Face Edwards

Feb. 3, 2010

Five Republican congressional candidates, vying for the right to take on Chet Edwards in the election this fall, squared off in a debate last night in downtown Waco. KWBU's Derek Smith was there.

Five Republican congressional candidates, vying for the right to take on Chet Edwards in the election this fall, squared off in a debate last night in downtown Waco. KWBU's Derek Smith was there.

Thoughts on health care reform, the war on terror, border security, and job creation were key themes. Bill Flores, owner of an energy company:

David McIntyre, an army veteran and former homeland security professor at Texas A & M also referenced jobs, and took it a step further.

Chuck Wilson, a former case officer in the CIA, touched on many of the same topic, as well as his displeasure with the handling of the War on Terror.

Following the moderated questions, each candidate was given a chance to ask a personal question of another candidate, an opportunity that many used to highlight their experience or values in relation to another. In an otherwise civil debate, this segment was the closest any of the candidates came to snippiness. The final portion of the debate focused overwhelmingly on candidates ability to defeat Chet Edwards. All five candidates painted Edwards values of being out of touch with an overwhelmingly Republican district, and spoke of their plans to defeat him. Of the five, Rob Curnock is the only one to have run against Edwards, and he ran a tighter race than many expected. Curnock highlighted that experience to separate himself from the others in his closing statement.

Over the course of the evening, the four newcomers, dealing with the need to become a known commodity in a five-man race, saved most of their barbs for each other, with Curnock benefitting from being the familiar name. In an unofficial show of hands at the end of the debate, an overwhelming majority of the attendees said they knew who they would vote for. Joe from Waco did not know yet who he would vote for, but said the forum was helpful.

Early voting begins February 16 with the election March 2nd.

For KWBU news, I'm Derek Smith.



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