Independent congressional candidate Jake Towne claimed a clear victory at the “Debate at the State” – held and co-sponsored by Easton’s historic and beautiful State Theatre. The Express Times was the main sponsor, and is commended by the campaign for its commitment to hear all candidates.
When Towne challenged Mr. Dent on the constitutionality of his support of the War on Terror and the PATRIOT Act’s civil liberty violations, the incumbent had no coherent response and the 20-year career politician pitifully resorted to accusing Towne as believing in 9/11 conspiracies, a complete and utter lie. Towne also challenged Mr. Callahan on HIS unflagging support of the unconstitutional War on Terror and endless nation-building.
Towne’s closing statement was met with by far the most applause, which is quite significant since most of the crowd were not previous supporters and were converted by the debate. While the Republocrat candidates were busy with negative mudslinging, Towne focused on offering solutions to the problems the country faces.
The debate will air on Saturday, October 30th on WFMZ-TV, Channel 69. Watch footage from the Express Times Debate below, and also from the previous WFMZ debate here. (Photo courtesy Sue Beyer/Express Times)
Towne asking Mr. Callahan to pledge to take a paycut and give up the congressional perks. When Mr. Callahan first attempted to dodge the question, snickering from the crowd led him to address the question… and say he would think it over. (below left) Towne asking Mr. Callahan why he supports the endless and unconstitutional War on Terror and nation-building. (below right)
To Towne’s delight, Mr. Callahan asked him a question on the federal department of education. (Below left) Towne outlines his stance to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and highlights the contrast on bailouts. (Below right)
Jake takes a moment to state his stance on Cap and Trade and highlighted hydraulic fracturing as the key environmental risk to the district. Read his solutions with hydraulic fracturing here. (Below left) All candidates share their stances on jobs. See Jake’s plank here. (Below right)
All candidates are asked a question about troop withdrawal. Only Towne answers the question while Mr. Dent and Mr. Callahan mudsling at the expense of our veterans. Only Towne has published a veterans plank. (Below left) Towne answers a question on healthcare. (Below right)
Lastly, all candidates are asked a question about negative campaigning. True to form, Mr. Callahan and Mr. Dent answer by mudslinging, while Jake responds by saying, “I think you see so much negative campaigning because they have no new ideas.” Jake outlines his “Our Open Office” idea. (video)