MARTINEZ/CASTOR DEBATE - Mitch Perry
Last night in Miami, the 2nd and final debate took place between Democrat Betty Castor and Republican Mel Martinez in the race to become FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s next U.S. Senator.
Unlike the debate in Tampa 8 days ago, last nightÃ¢â¬â¢s affair was less abrasiveÃ¢â¬Â¦Not coincidentally, the discussion of former USF professor Sami-Al-Arian was only discussed for a few minutes.
One question asked by a member of the studio audience last night regarded FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s adoption laws, that ban gays from adopting orphaned children. The law in Florida is considered to be the toughest anti-homosexual adoption measure in the countryÃ¢â¬Â¦ The question was: what would you do to change that law? Mel Martinez saidÃ¢â¬â¢ absolutely nothingÃ¢â¬â¢ (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â¬?I donÃ¢â¬â¢t agree with you?Ã¢â¬?)
While Betty Castor refused to commit herself on the issue (roll tape#2 o.q.Ã¢â¬?the needs of these childrenÃ¢â¬?)
With the announcement that the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court - William Rehnquist - has thyroid cancer - the possible selection of new Supreme Court Justices by the next President - has gotten renewed focus.
The U.S. Senate has the role of voting on approving Federal JudgesÃ¢â¬Â¦.Mel Martinez said he would have an open mind about ALL appointees - and said that distinguished him from Betty Castor (roll tape#3 o.q.Ã¢â¬?by the ConstitutionÃ¢â¬?)
Prior to his Campaign for the GOP nomination for Senate, Mel Martinez had the reputation of being a moderateÃ¢â¬Â¦..But in that campaign, , Martinez was criticized for using surrogates to charge opponent Bill McCollum with being anti family, for his support of stem cell research on embryos and supporting gays in Hate Crime LegislationÃ¢â¬Â¦But as he tries to win in the General Election, Martinez attempted to get back to the center last night (roll tape#4 o.q.Ã¢â¬?to get things doneÃ¢â¬?)
The issue of Venezuela made its way into the debate last nightÃ¢â¬Â¦..Miami Herald Executive Editor Tom Fielder premised his question by saying that there are fears about the direction of the Hugo Chavez led government headed Ã¢â¬Ëtowards a Castro like regimeÃ¢â¬? Betty Castor (roll tape#5 o.q.Ã¢â¬?this is serious businessÃ¢â¬?)
Also Both candidates agreed on their opposition to off-shore oil drillingÃ¢â¬Â¦comments powered by Disqus