After the exceptional success and interest in our first debate, Michele Catalano and Neal Pollack, and second, Natalie Davis and Mike Kole, we are very excited to announce debate three, tonight, with Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from the Canton, Ohio area, Jeff Seemann, and blogger John Hawkins of Right Wing News.
Jeff Seemann is the Democratic candidate running for the Congressional seat in the 16th district of Ohio. Running in the 16th district of Ohio, Jeff is a Democrat whose progressive agenda if elected will include addressing health care issues, the environment, global terror, women's rights and economic issues affecting those in his district. Jeff's campaign has received a high level of publicity due in part to the support of blogs like Daily Kos, Pandagon.net, and MyDD.com. Jeff lives in Canton with his wife Susan and their 5 year-old daughter. More on Jeff here.
- Why Did You Start Right Wing News?: I got really angry during the 2000 election at the horrible, biased job the media did in covering Florida. The breaking point for me was when I was watching a show on CNN and an emailed comment from a listener came in suggesting that "Bush should concede." That was the moment I decided to put together a conservative web page although I didn't actually get RWN off the ground until several months later.
What Do You Mean By 'Right Wing'?: In the US, the terms right wing and conservative are largely synonymous. Conservatives in the US support small government, capitalism, a fairly strict reading of the Constitution, and traditional American values.
To parallel the final presidential debate being held tonight, this debate will focus mainly on domestic issues.
We thank both participants for their time, effort and expertise, and look forward to a spirited debate, the results of which will be posted here this evening. Jeff Seemann will also be profiled in this week's Cleveland Scene - edition out tomorrow.
Moderator: Okay, are we here gentlemen?
John Hawkins: Yes.
Jeff Seemann: Me too.
Moderator: Both candidates have stated emphatically that they will not attempt to reinstate the draft, but with the war in Iraq and Afghanistan taking its toll on our troops, how can we expect to engage in what President Bush has called a "long" war, without some form of mandatory military service?
John Hawkins: There isn't going to be a draft and anyone who tells you otherwise is either ignorant or dishonest. I don't know of any group that wants a draft except some anti-war Democrats who want to use it to turn people against the military and the war.