Golnik Tsongas Round 3 in Fitchburg the Video

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Golnik Tsongas Round 3 in Fitchburg the Video

“I don’t make that tax pledge to just Grover Norquist, I make that tax pledge to every hard work­ing man and women in this room here today!”

Jon Gol­nik at yesterday’s debate

Yes­ter­day Con­gress­woman Niki Tsongas and chal­lenger Jon Gol­nik met for their third and final debate before the elec­tion next month at Fitch­burg State University.

The Crowd out­side was loud

And there was some Gary John­son sup­port­ers in the crowd too:

And the Crowd inside was not bad either

And included some local pols

The Panel rep­re­sented the Sen­tinel & Enter­prise and the college:

As for the debate itself I thought Gol­nik has his best debate, helped by an active crowd, he pressed his advan­tage on sev­eral ques­tions such as Libya

and Taxes:

and I thought his Are you bet­ter off than you were before theme con­tin­ues to score point in a com­mu­nity that is frankly depressed:

Tsongas’ best moments were con­cen­trat­ing on her ser­vice, on Mil­i­tary students:

And Trans­porta­tion:

There was real sub­stance in this debate and a real con­trast between the can­di­dates. Gol­nik had the line of the night when chal­lenged over sign­ing the Norquist pledge

“I don’t make that tax pledge to just Grover Norquist, I make that tax pledge to every hard work­ing man and women in this room here today!”

I think Gol­nik clearly won this round but his biggest prob­lem is get­ting his mes­sage that has appeal in this dis­trict out there. Con­sid­er­ing that Scott Brown took the dis­trict by 15 points that Brown’s name was not invoked AGAIN by him totally con­fuses me.

Gol­nik is under­funded by a National GOP that doesn’t see the oppor­tu­nity in this dis­trict, he can win if prop­erly backed in the home stretch to get his mes­sage out. Will they and can he will be the decid­ing fac­tor in this race.

Here are the remain­ing ques­tions from the debate:

On Unem­ploy­ment

and Edu­ca­tion

Iran:

On Fitch­burg and Gardner:

Stu­dent Debt

The Dream Act

Work­ing across the Aisle

Gas Prices

and the Norquist Tax pledge again

And the clos­ing state­ments from Tsongas

and Gol­nik

One odd­ity while I thought Con­gress­woman Tsongas went over time a bit, It seemed to me she was cut off once or twice when a counter com­ment might have been appro­pri­ate. Mr. Gol­nik rarely went over time but I noticed a dif­fer­ence in deliv­ery Mr. Gol­nik directed his state­ments to the crowd while Rep Tsongas directed hers in the main to the Panel.

I got com­men­tary from both the for­mer GOP mayor of Fitch­burg Dan Mylot:

And Andrea a local long­time Demo­c­rat supporter:

Here are the photos:

“I don’t make that tax pledge to just Grover Norquist, I make that tax pledge to every hard working man and women in this room here today!”

Jon Golnik at yesterday’s debate

Yesterday Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and challenger Jon Golnik met for their third and final debate before the election next month at Fitchburg State University.

The Crowd outside was loud

And there was some Gary Johnson supporters in the crowd too:

And the Crowd inside was not bad either

And included some local pols

The Panel represented the Sentinel & Enterprise and the college:

As for the debate itself I thought Golnik has his best debate, helped by an active crowd, he pressed his advantage on several questions such as Libya

and Taxes:

and I thought his Are you better off than you were before theme continues to score point in a community that is frankly depressed:

Tsongas’ best moments were concentrating on her service, on Military students:

And Transportation:

There was real substance in this debate and a real contrast between the candidates. Golnik had the line of the night when challenged over signing the Norquist pledge

“I don’t make that tax pledge to just Grover Norquist, I make that tax pledge to every hard working man and women in this room here today!”

I think Golnik clearly won this round but his biggest problem is getting his message that has appeal in this district out there. Considering that Scott Brown took the district by 15 points that Brown’s name was not invoked AGAIN by him totally confuses me.

Golnik is underfunded by a National GOP that doesn’t see the opportunity in this district, he can win if properly backed in the home stretch to get his message out. Will they and can he will be the deciding factor in this race.

Here are the remaining questions from the debate:

On Unemployment

and Education

Iran:

On Fitchburg and Gardner:

Student Debt

The Dream Act

Working across the Aisle

Gas Prices

and the Norquist Tax pledge again

And the closing statements from Tsongas

and Golnik

One oddity while I thought Congresswoman Tsongas went over time a bit, It seemed to me she was cut off once or twice when a counter comment might have been appropriate. Mr. Golnik rarely went over time but I noticed a difference in delivery Mr. Golnik directed his statements to the crowd while Rep Tsongas directed hers in the main to the Panel.

I got commentary from both the former GOP mayor of Fitchburg Dan Mylot:

And Andrea a local longtime Democrat supporter:

Here are the photos: