*** UPDATE 10-12-2010 ***
WCTV has provided the NEBA Candidate Forum with more in-depth coverage. The candidates were asked to address a few of the ke issues heading into the election. The four were questioned about healthcare, cap and trade issues, and taxes. The candidates were also able to give general statements to open up as well WCTV has broken down each section into General Statements, Healthcare, Taxes, and Cap and Trade. You will find those when you click on the video icon with the appropriate topic.
Tallahassee, FL - The candidates spoke firmly about issues they think makes them the best person to represent our state in Congress' second district.
A series of four questions were asked and each candidate was allotted two minutes on the floor in front of the North East Business Association members. The first was about healthcare.
This problem needs some well thought out solutions and if not this then what? If not now, then when?
Steve Southerland (R) Congressional District 2 says, "No where in that document does the federal government have the right to make you and I purchase anything from a private company."
Paul McCain (NPA) says, "It's gotta be replaced, I take that back, not replaced, removed. We need to get back what we had and just improve what we had"
Dianne Berryhill (NPA) says, "We need to reform how people are getting their insurance, we also need to do some tort reform and medicare and medicaid are killing our health care system."
When asked about tax cuts, Congressman Boyd said he is on record supporting the cuts, but then turned up the heat and lashed out at Southerland.
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He signed a pledge by the Americans for Tax Reform, which will protect the tax breaks for corporations which sends jobs overseas, secondly, he has advocated a tax which will put a 23 percent tax on everything that you buy.
"This is done by the St. Petersberg times, not a very friendly newspaper to conservatives, however you will see that the fabricated lies that we are getting from our congressman, shouldn't we deserve better?"
Other hot topics included feelings on Cap and Trade and if elected, how would these candidates do to help small businesses. All four candidates stood their ground and gave us a glimpse on what we should expect in the November Election.