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While billed as a debate, the joint appearance by Jon and Congressman Adler on yesterday’s Michael Smerconish Show turned into a substantive conversation on issues, highlighting the clear differences between the two candidates on issues affecting our country and the 3rd District.
Throughout the show one thing is recurring – while (falsely) denying he is a political opportunist, Adler actively paints himself as an ineffective legislator.
After introductions, Smerconish asks for comments on RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s take on additional ground troops in Afghanistan. Adler gives his views on the course of the war in the “medieval country.”
Jon responds emphasizing the need to keep politics out of war and allowing the military leaders on the ground make decisions that affect our troops in harm’s way. On the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Jon again defers to military leaders On the situation surrounding Gen. David Petraeus’ taking over Afghan operations from Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Jon calls for a respect (in any line of work) for the chain of command when working in a team-like environment, but especially in something as serious as our military.
On the subject of the US Justice Department suing the State of Arizona over its immigration policy Jon notes the federal government’s actions are little more than political posturing due to their own failure (and inability) to secure the boarders.
The candidates talk about their differing opinions on offshore drilling. Jon calls attention to Congressman Adler’s hypocrisy in being “all over the map” on the issue. Jon evokes his support of the 10th Amendment and state’s rights to be able to make autonomous decisions, while highlighting the real issue of America’s dependency on foreign oil.
The candidates give thoughts on climate change, the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, term limits and the health care bill.
Issues turn economic as they candidates talk about their stances on the stimulus bill, the “trillion dollar spending bill,” that Congressman Adler voted for; bailouts; and the estate tax.