3rd district debate – Larson steals the show

I watched the debate today.  It was on the internet.  I tuned in to WANE TV online and watched Mark Souder, Mike Montagano, and William Larson.  Larson has been largely ignored by the establishment as most Libertarian or 3rd party candidates have been.  There was no ignoring William Larson today.

While Souder and Montagano whined about the others dirty ads, Larson was answering the questions.  Souder nervously defended his record.  Montagano talked of change and the middle class.  Larson talked about the excesses of government and the bewildering choices our government makes.

Mark souder lost today, not because Mike Montagano beat him, but because William Larson won.  The two parties want to pretend Larson isn’t in the race, and history supports their position.  The media accepts the notion that the only candidates that matter are the ones they deem competitive.

Larson’s debate victory will not likely be enough to give him the win, but it could siphon votes from Souder.  This race got tighter today, and demonstrated why certified candidates should not be disregarded or marginalized by those who claim to represent the public.  Had Larson been covered fairly and from the beginning, it’s hard to imagine what this race would look like.

I’m as anxious about this race as I am about the presidential race.  These are strange days indeed.  The democrats promise a return to the great society or a new new deal.  The republicans promised to reform all that and give us a more limited government, but they betrayed us with more big government.  What are we the people to do?  Demand better.  Understand the issues, the candidates, and their positions.  Do what you can to help your chosen candidates, and vote with the future of our country in mind.

Do we want to be America?  Do we believe in freedom and liberty as well as the independence and responsibility they imply?  Can we do the hard work that is required to secure our nations ideals for future Americans?

Vote on November 4.

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About votescottwise

I love Columbia City. I was born here, spent most of my life in and around Columbia City, and chose to make our community home after college. I want my children and grandchildren to be able to take advantage of what this country and our community have. I am running for Mayor of Columbia City in 2011.
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2 Responses to 3rd district debate – Larson steals the show

  1. Austin Brenneman says:

    Excellent blog post, Scott. I took off from school to attend the debate (just like I did to go to your town hall meeting a back in the primary). Larsen clearly stole the show, for many of the reasons that you stated.

    My only disappointment was that he attributed his inability to get his point across the a health problem with his eyes, which conflicted with the lighting. While this may have been a legitimate excuse, it’s not something you want to say to the media. Other than that, his performance was outstanding.

    Scott, will you be running in the Republican Primary in 2010? I hope you do.

  2. Chris Neeley says:

    You proved tonight that some people still have a backbone and common sense. What an outstanding debate. I would love to get a link (espaecially your closing comments, as well as several other comments you made) to forward on to friends and family that have been waiting for you!!! Thank You!

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