Audience Takes Active Role In Giffords-Kelly Debate
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) and Iraq vet Jesse Kelly (R) met in "a debate sprinkled with a lot of sniping from the two candidates, and even more booing and heckling from the audience" 10/18.
Giffords and Kelly "kept to their talking points during the standing-room-only." "Each painted the other as wrong for the district and wrong for the country. Giffords sought to portray Kelly as too extreme. ... Kelly, in turn, wanted to paint the incumbent as a" big-gov't spender.
"They were passionate about their positions on a host of issues, including immigration" and health care. Neither "made a gaffe."
Giffords: "It is interesting that through this hour-long debate, Mr. Kelly has said 'Arizona' one time. I'm not sure who he thinks he wants to represent, but it's not us."
The audience "forcefully let its presence be known" calling "the candidates names and often interrupted them. ... Someone yelled 'you lie' at Giffords. The moderator had to constantly remind the audience to keep their applause and responses to a minimum" (Del Puerto, Arizona Capitol Times, 10/18).