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|Durbin and Sauerberg Debate in Chicago; Will Debate Thursday in Galesburg on WGIL
|The war in Iraq, healthcare and a lack of leadership in Springfield were some of the topics that came up during Monday night's U.S. Senate debate between incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and challenger republican Dr. Steve Sauerberg.
The two answered questions for roughly 25 minutes on WTTW-TV in Chicago.
On the war, Durbin says that the U.S. needs a "systematic, sensible withdrawal" of troops. He says it's time for the Iraqi's to stand up and protect themselves.
Sauerberg countered saying "we can't afford to leave" Iraq. He says we are winning the war and it's important to leave with honor. He also stated that he thought the war would be "generational."
On health care, Sauerberg blames too many bureaucracies. He says the country needs a simpler system. He proposes offering vouchers that would enable each American could purchase their own heath care policy. Durbin says America can't afford Sauerberg's proposal. He calls it "bad medicine" for Illinois.
As for the inactions on a capital bill in Springfield, Sauerberg claims Durbin could have done more to broker a deal between House Speaker Michael Madigan and Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Durbin says he did what he could, even writing a letter to the governor and other leaders "pleading with them to pass a capital bill to take advantage of the federal money" that would flow into Illinois.
Durbin and Sauerberg will hold their second and final debate Thursday night at Knox College in Galesburg, at Kresge Recital Hall. While the debate's host, the Illinois Radio Network, has chosen not to open the debate up to the public, there will be an audience of Knox students and faculty. The debate will be broadcast live at 8pm Thursday on WGIL. Will Stevenson will host a debate wrap-up special Thursday night from 9-9:30pm, live from Knox.
|10 07 08 by Newsroom
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