Here's my take on this long-awaited short debate:Liljenquist, I
think very accurately, described Hatch as being typical of a whole generation
of congressmen (Republican and Democrat) that had together created unprecedented
debt. He pointedly opposed partisanship that was hypocritical, for example when
Republicans like Hatch are quick to accuse "the other party" for the
same things that Republicans themselves do, notably creating unnecessary debt.
He said we need a new generation of congressmen that would do something
substantive about national problems and not just "talk a good game" when
elections are in the offing.While I think Hatch did poorly, I must
say I am uneasy about Dan’s talk of “broadening the tax base”,
his Palinesque idea that “everyone should pay something” at least
if meant to be applied to income tax, as this would erode necessary personal
exemptions for basic needs. Few specifics were forthcoming from
either candidate on reducing spending. Both said nothing about our being
militarily over-extended or supporting moves to eliminate redundant, tyrannical
federal bureaucracies. Dan did better, I thought than Orrin on Illegal
immigration and so, however, I think he won the debate handily.
You can count on Sen Hatch to tout his record each time he speaks, you can count
on Sen Liljenquist to repeat his message that Hatch and Congress is the problem.
I heard Sen. Hatch say he would continue to fight for Utah and conservative
values. I heard Sen. Liljenquist say he would fight for tea party values. The
voters will need to decide what they really want.The problem we have
is that 2 years ago the tea party knocked Sen. Bennett out his seat and replaced
him with Sen. Lee. Sen. Bennett did great things for Utah - moreso than Sen.
Hatch. Sen. Lee has yet to perform to even Sen. Hatch's level. Therefore
I think it would be unwise to unseat Sen. Hatch at this time and replace him
with the inexperienced Sen. Liljenquist. I watched Sen. Liljenquist in the Utah
Senate. On the pension issue he didn't do his homework - he was just
slashing and burning.I believe Sen. Hatch won the debate today.
Liljenquist sounded young and defensive - not senatorial.
A Big Thank You to Deseret News for making the debate available on this site!There were many who had not the opportunity of hearing it at 9 a.m. on a
weekdaymorning. Thanks also for championing the idea of prime time TV
debates between these two.You are appreciated.
Senator Hatch left me wondering why I'm he doesn't take the blame for
the $16 trillion hole he dug for us.
A Senator is a diplomat and the sounding board Dan is using is not very
diplomatic. He is still a chest pounder and needs to realize that some people
that get elected, in the House, that is, can do what he is doing. The price of
getting elected Senator is to be a diplomat and a statesman, not a person that
is bemoaning that the people voted for Senator Hatch to win for six times.
There is a reason people vote for Senator Hatch, he knows when to talk and what
to say and not just practicing what people did to Senator Bennett, one of our
Statesmen from Utah who did what his father did, be a diplomat and represent the
Great State of Utah as a Statesman. The people who rode Senator Bennett out on
a rail should be ashamed at how they did it for a gentleman and a scholar.
People need to be cautious at how they boot a person out of office. There is
the way through the ballot box without trying to throw all kind of non-truths
about their opponent. Senator Hatch has served us well for 36-years. He
deserves better treatment, Dan.
Senator Hatch is not good for America or for Utah. 36 years drinking from the
public troughand we have continued the slide down hill. He does not
address the issues that really areimportant and that being the endless
fake wars the Military?Industrial complex and their minions continue to
implement. We need real Americans with real concern for the small businesses and
the working class. Strom Thermon spent an entire lifetime in the Senate and was
absolutely useless. We need patriot Senators who are there to make us a great
countryrather then those who want to make it a life time career. Anybody
but Hatch is my view.