Jon Golnik & Niki Tsongas Debate #1 Concord Carlisle HS

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Jon Golnik & Niki Tsongas Debate #1 Concord Carlisle HS

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

Update: I don’t know why I keep giv­ing Niki Tsongas an extra “k”

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

Update: I don’t know why I keep giving Niki Tsongas an extra “k”