2:06 p.m., Oct. 16, 2014--Candidates for the state’s congressional
delegation squared off in the Delaware Debates 2014, a joint initiative
of the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication and
Delaware Public Media, on Wednesday evening, Oct. 15, in Mitchell Hall
on the UD campus in Newark.
The debates featuring candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives were held back-to-back.
The opening debate featured the race for the House of Representatives
and as Republican Rose Izzo had chosen to participate in a campaign
event elsewhere, Democratic incumbent John Carney sat alone to answer
questions posed live by Delaware Public Media’s Nancy Karibjanian,
adjunct faculty member in UD’s Department of Communication, and UD’s
Jason Mycoff, associate professor of political science and international
relations, as well as questions on videotape by students from Delaware
State University and UD.
Carney, who holds a master of public administration degree from UD,
answered questions on topics including the economy and manufacturing,
income inequality, national security threats, ebola, education and
gridlock in Congress.
The Senate debate followed and featured Democratic incumbent Chris
Coons, who is running for his first full term, and Republican Kevin
Wade, a UD electrical engineering alumnus.
The candidates answered questions posed by Karibjanian and UD’s
Lindsay Hoffman, associate professor of communication and political
science and international relations and coordinator of research in
politics and technology in the Center for Political Communication.
Again, Delaware State and UD student questions were included.
The candidates answered questions about the economy, national
security, ebola, education and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.