Final debate of election season at Tampa Tiger Bay listen10/31/08 Arielle Stevenson
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Although many have taken to the polls early, local Hillsborough congressional and house candidates debated one final time today at Tampa Tiger Bay Club.
Doug Tudor is running as the Democratic congressional candidate for District 12, his opponent is Republican Adam Putnum. Tudor spent 25 years in the Navy before retiring to run in his first campaign against Putnam. Longtime local activist Sidney Potter, asked Tudor about his feelings about the war in Iraq.
â€œThank you sir, for the last six years of my career I was senior administrative aide to three commanders, U.S. Central Command Gen. Tommy Franks, Gen. John Abbasside, Admiral Bill Fallon. The attitudes of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines is give them a mission and they are going to do their best to try and complete it. Five and half years after the fact theyâ€™re tired of being in the sand. One of the things you canâ€™t do in a military mission is say, 'Weâ€™ll come home when we win,' you have to be able to define what a win is, there is no scoreboard. I think those people are ready to come back home, be with their families, go after the people that actually attacked us.â€
Local GOP and Democratic candidates from House races in District 57 and 60 attended, that includes current District 57 Rep. Fay Culp and her Democratic opponent, first-time candidate Yolie Capin. Also in attendance were District 60 Rep. Ed Homan and his Democratic opponent, newcomer E.J. Ford.
The candidates answered questions about their stances on Amendment 2 and negative campaigning.
Adam Putnam did not appear at appear at todayâ€™s debate. According to Tiger Bay officials, it was a disappointment as they had rescheduled the debate several times to accommodate the District 12 Republican. District 56 Republican candidate Rachel Burgin was also scheduled to attend but canceled at the last minute; her Democratic opponent Lewis Laricchia did not respond to the invitation.