CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Residents across West Virginia have been asked to submit questions for Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant to address live during the Oct. 7 U.S. Senate Debate at the Clay Center in Charleston.
“West Virginia newspapers, AARP WV, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, West Virginia MetroNews Radio Network and the West Virginia Press Association will be gathering input on questions for the candidates,” said Don Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Press Association.
Debate questions can be emailed to [email protected] or posted on Twitter using the hashtag #WVSenateDebate.
“All of that information will be gathered and used to formulate the actual debate questions,” Smith said.
Have a question for the candidates? Send it to [email protected]
For a reference, here are two examples of questions submitted thus far:
QUESTION: “The Code of Federal Regulations is huge. As one of the Supreme Court justices observed, because of all the regulation, most American Citizens are criminals, since they have more than likely broke one or more of the many thousands of regulations. Just after the preamble to the US Constitution, the first statement of article 1 says, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives”. Regulation originates in the Executive Branch. What is your stance on the creation of regulation by the many agencies within the Executive Branch of the Federal Government?”
QUESTION: “I am an independent voter who is concerned with who is going to pay for the new 100 thousand people in West Virginia who are on Medicare now that Abama Care has taken over our lives. In a couple the federal government will no longer pay for the 100 thousand new people. Who do you think is going to pay for them after that? Would you raise taxes to pay the bill for those people after the government stops paying? By the way, we the people are paying the bill now through our taxes that we pay.”
Smith reminded everyone to watch the debate, which will be accessible in all 55 counties of the state. West Virginia Public Broadcasting, MetroNews and the newspapers of the West Virginia Press Association have joined together to provide television, radio, internet and print coverage.
The 60-minute debate — sponsored by AARP WV, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, West Virginia MetroNews Radio Network and the West Virginia Press Association — is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Clay Center. MetroNews’ Hoppy Kercheval will moderate the debate.
“The organizers want to give the residents of West Virginia a chance to compare the positions of Congresswoman Capito and Secretary of State Tennant,” said Don Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Press Association. “Election of the next U.S. Senator from West Virginia is vitally important for the future of West Virginia and will impact the direction of this nation. In organizing this debate, we wanted to ensure that all residents – from Cabell County to Jefferson County, Hancock County to Mercer County and all points in between – would have live access and thorough coverage.”
This debate will only include two – Capito and Tennant – of the five candidates filed for the U.S. Senate race. Libertarian Party Candidate John Buckley of Mathias, Mountain Party Candidate Bob Henry Baber of Glenville and Constitution Party Candidate Phil Hudok of Huttonsville have not been invited to participate in the debate. …
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