“Brad talks about being bipartisan. It was a so-called ‘bipartisan Democrat’ who gave us the deciding vote on ObamaCare.”
And thus the boom was lowered by Republican retired Brigadier General Don Bacon on Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford in their debate last night.
Ashford talked throughout about how he was bipartisan and worked with other members — then admitted he wasn’t familiar with the GOP proposal to replace ObamaCare.
He said he voted with Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi than lots of his Democrat colleagues — only 80% of the time with her.
“He’s only a moderate (when compared to) California or New York, not Nebraska,” Bacon countered.
These and other points got Ashford clearly flustered, as he glowered and frowned throughout the debate.
Ashford also exhibited a strange tic during the debate, when he was writing on his note pad WHILE trying to answer questions.
A good chunk of the first part of the debate was focused on military and international issues — points right in Bacon’s wheelhouse, where he answered crisply while solid on the issues.
At one point, Ashford argued that the U.S. should establish no-fly zones in Syria. But retired Air Force General Bacon pointed out that Russia currently runs the skies in Syria and to try to put in such a position would mean direct conflict with Russia.
Ashford didn’t seem to get the point.
Later when proposing questions to each other, Bacon asked if Ashford was familiar with the hit-list ISIS has put out on a city in the district. Ashford couldn’t come up with it (not surprisingly, Bellevue).
But the follow up by Bacon also allowed him to point out that he has been endorsed by the Mayors of Bellevue and Papillion, as well as the local law enforcement.
Bacon ended the debate, getting the last word, and adding the zinger up above.
It was a solid night for the General.