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U.S. Rep. John Carney answers Delaware Debates questions posed by Jason Mycoff and Nancy Karibjanian.
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.
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Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (left)
and Republican Kevin Wade answer Delaware Debates questions posed by
Lindsay Hoffman and Nancy Karibjanian.
“I feel the debates achieved several important goals,” said Ralph
Begleiter, director of UD’s Center for Political Communication. “For the
Delaware community, they provided a rare opportunity to see the
candidates respond to unrehearsed questioning, in depth, on the
important issues facing the state and the nation. Rather than a battle
of sound bites, the Delaware Debates offered thoughtful conversation
revealing the candidates' real thinking on these issues.”
With the University serving as host, Begleiter said the Delaware
Debates “demonstrated again UD’s commitment as a ‘citizen university’ to
its public service mission, to serving the state and the nation,
combined with student engagement.”
Begleiter said there were more than 100 students watching the "live"
debates, and commenting thoughtfully on what they saw and heard. “For
many students, the debates were very likely their first exposure to
hands-on politics, and proved that politics is not a ‘dirty word,’ but
rather can be respectful, thoughtful dialog and disagreement on policy
issues,” he said.
“I am proud of the University's partnership with Delaware Public
Media in this manifestation of civic engagement,” Begleiter said. “Our
partnership is both meaningful and powerful, because our combined
expertise and resources produce the highest quality debates, not only in
Delaware but across the nation. Other states have consulted with us on
how we do it, and C-Span’s broadcasts of our debates proves UD is known
and respected nationwide in the arena of political communication.”
Begleiter added he is “very grateful to our supporters, both within
the University and in the community, for helping us achieve these
Photos by Kevin Quinlan