Today at Concord Carlisle HS Jon Golnik and Nikki Tsongas had the first of four debates on a cold rainy day while the NE Patriots were destroying the Buffalo Bills:

I arrived in the rain

People signed in up front with an area for press I was one of only three people were listed.

There was not a big crowd to start

With the combo of a football game and a rainy sunday a large crowd was unlikely. I stated interviewing people

The debate was only scheduled for an hour, after opening statements from Niki Tsongas

and Jon Golnik

The debate started with an odd format, the moderator posed a general subject with several questions and the candidates picked and choose and then answered

I found it weird way of doing this, it made for less direct contrast

Basically allowing each candidate to go where they wanted

regardless of what the other said

When the final question of that segment was completed

Questions from the audience were asked

They were selected by the moderators

I thought this was also a bad choice

It left the decision of what was acceptable to the people running the debate

I found this was to the advantage of the incumbent both in the choice of questions and the format

When the questions were done closing statements were given, both my Rep Tsongas

And Mr. Golnik

and I spoke to both of them after the debate, only briefly to Rep Tsongas

and slightly longer for Mr. Golnik

While not agreeing with the political sentiment of Mary Ann

I do think Rep Tsongas came out ahead, the format helped her a bit, the one question where Mr. Golnik was delayed due to notes looked poor, he landed a few shots but not effectively enough as a person who is behind in a district that favors the left. Of course there are three more debates and this one was lightly covered so there is plenty of time to change the path. Meanwhile both sides held signs outside

and awaited the next clash, you can see the full gallery below the jump
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I’m sure at least half of the country disagrees with my take on politics but EVERYBODY likes a good meal, so when I was done with covering Chris Christie and Ovide Lamontagne in NH I headed to the Atkinson House of pizza a few paces away for a grinder and picked up a couple of pizza’s to go.

While Gov Christie and the rally was a story I found there was another story right here, the story of a roast beef roasted on the premises:

Mmmm freshly roasted beef

and people running a family business

and a woman who doesn’t look anything like she could be making pizza for 31 years who talked to me

Not only was the food good but the place has xfinity wi-fi and a relaxing place to eat. Perfect for a guy who has videos to upload like me.

She stressed that competition was good because it makes you work harder.

Now 90 minutes after these pizza’s came out of the oven I was at game night with the guys and they tried the pizza, remember that they are tasting this 90 minutes after it comes out of the oven:

If this is the reaction 90 minutes after it comes out of the oven can you imagine what it will be when you pick it up and eat it there fresh?

If you want to find out for yourself, just head on down here is the map.


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Later Today Jon Golnik will be holding his first debate against Nikki Tsongas in the 3rd Mass Race but yesterday he was at the Scott Brown event and spoke to me about the election:

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