MCDERMOTT A NO-SHOW AT AUGUST 9, 2008 DEBATE!
Despite confirming in advance that he would attend, Jim McDermott failed to show up at the Women In Unity Candidates' Forum scheduled for Saturday afternoon August 9, 2008 at the Central Area Senior Citizens Center. Republican candidate Steve Beren blasted McDermott as disrespectful of the sponsoring group, telling the audience "if McDermott is too busy to come and talk to you, maybe you should be too busy to vote for him on election day!"
The discussion centered on energy policy, with Beren advocating an all of the above strategy - coal, nuclear, solar, wind, and developing alternative fuels - with a priority on drilling for domestic oil.
In a flyer distributed at the event, the Republican candidate said, "For too many years politicians like Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have voted to block access to new oil sources [and] opposed drilling for domestic oil.... Today, American families are paying a high price for the inaction of the Pelosi congress.... Let's put Americans to work, drilling for American oil in America - for use by Americans!" Beren said the American people could not afford "a second Nancy Pelosi term."
Beren also called for lower taxes, with an increase in the federal personal tax exemption to $25,000 per person. Beren argued that with lower taxes for individuals and families, the resulting increase in take home pay would lead to more liberty, more purchasing power, and less poverty for American families. Also, Beren stated that lower taxes for business would improve the business climate, promote economic growth, and reduce unemployment.
Steve Beren also reiterated his demand that McDermott retract his statement that American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq were "mercenaries" and felons in a "war on civilians."
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