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|Democratic Senate Candidates Debate Again in Chicago
|Three Senate candidates looking to grasp the Democratic primary nomination squared off during a debate Wednesday night.
State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, former spokeswoman for ex.-Gov. Rod Blagojevich Cheryle Jackson and former federal prosecutor David Hoffman took part in the 50 minute debate in Chicago.
While there wasn't as much mud slinging between Giannoulias and Hoffman as in previous debates, the two did quarrel yet again on Giannoulias' handling of the Bright Start college savings program and Hoffman's position on increasing trade with China, but with better trade rules.
Jackson was asked outright by the debate's moderator about her past connection to Blagojevich. She says like many Illinoisans, she honestly believed in Blagojevich's message, but later left his administration to "do what she signed up for," and help people in need.
Both Giannoulias and Hoffman agree on many of the issues although on most each has their own twist, while Jackson seems to disagree more. Jackson believes in Civil Unions between gay couples with Giannoulias and Hoffman support marriages. Both Giannoulias and Hoffman agree in part with President Barack Obama's fight in Afghanistan, while Jackson believes it's time to start brining those troops home. The focus, she says, should be on America's troubles. It should be noted that while he supports the mission in Afghanistan, Hoffman believes the focus should be narrowed and is skeptical that additional troops will prove to be the key to winning the war.
Those Democratic Senate hopefuls absent from the debate include Jacob Meister and Robert Marshall.
(Illinois Radio Network)
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