Intro: “The race is tight. The stakes are high. The winner will help decide the balance of power in the Senate.”
Rossi opens with “America is in trouble.” Talks about government intrusion into everyday life over the past 20 months, a “fundamental redefinition of America.” Says we can’t let that happen. Mentions his wife and family, how his wife asked him “what kind of country do you want your children growing up in?” Why he decided to run. Hopes to highlight differences during the debate.
Murray says families are struggling because of “mismanagement and greed on Wall Street.” Says “this state is my family.” Talks about her small town roots and values, says she will make sure to look out for the little guy. Working together we can find solutions.
Question: Voter have been inundated with negative ads. Moderators played a number of clips. “If elected, what will you do for people of Washington state?”
Murray says she will talk with community leaders about what is needed and she will go to bat for them. Touts small business lending bill. Jobs are number one focus. Support for veterans. Balance the federal budget responsibly. Her message — she is listening to Washingtonians. That’s what she’s done, wants to keep doing it.
Rossi: “We are on a fiscal cliff.” Says when communist China says we’re spending to much we’re in bad shape. Touts time in state senate to balance budget “without raising taxes.” Talk about all the awards he has received. It’s possible to be fiscal conservative and have a social conscience.
Murray rebuttal: tax cuts for middle income families. More about jobs.
Rossi rebuttal: we must reauthorize all the Bush tax cuts or unemployment will go up. If not, small business owners will be hurt, kill jobs.
Question: 3 things you would do to fix economy.
Rossi: Talks about time traveling around state who are ashamed to be unemployed, employers say they can’t plan, hire because there’s no certainty. Sen. Murray’s votes for bill like healthcare, not reauthorizing tax cuts will hurt economy. They don’t need Sen. Murray’s earmarks, stimulus, etc. Don’t punish businesses for success, you want them to do it again, and again, and again.
Murray keeps with her message: “I come home and talk to community leaders… go back to Washington and gets them what they ask for” Said she helps to get investments for community and small businesses. Tout small business bill, says Rossi opposed it.
Rossi rebuts: Murray thinks government creates job. Entrepenuers must create jobs, been working in American for over 200 years. The stimulus failed.
Murray says she is surprised by the answer, because she has been to work sites, says Rossi will give these workers a pink slip.
Question: Where will you cut the budget? Specifics.
Murray: Every family, every business tightening its belt. Fed govt must do the same. Talk about $14 billion she cut from President’s budget. “We have to look at every aspect of our budget.” Harkens back to Clinton time. We had a surplus then but Bush squandered, tries to link Rossi to Bush policies. Can’t afford tax cuts for the wealthy.
Rossi: Murray number 9 in earmarks. She has changed since first going to Washington 18 years ago. Talks about ties to lobbyists and former staffers now working as lobbyists and campaign contributions. Exactly what is wrong with Washington. Ban earmarks until budget is balanced.
Murray: I certainly didn’t hear a balanced budget in all of that answer.” Everything on the table. Tough choices. Blah blah. Hey, remember when Clinton had a surplus?
Rossi: Murray has already requested 1.4 billion in earmarks for next year. Says one thing, does another.