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Alex Sink says debate showed Jolly is "extreme"



  ST. PETERSBURG -- Pinellas congressional candidate Alex Sink is using the e-word to characterize her Republican opponent David Jolly.

She said she was surprised during a debate this week to see “just how extreme he is.”

Sink spoke to the Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board on Thursday afternoon and said she thought Jolly was taking extremer-right positions on many topics. She said many of them came out during a debate Monday night, which was organized by the Times, Bay News 9, St. Petersburg College and sponsored by AARP.

“Just pick a topic,” Sink said on Thursday. “Immigration. Women’s health, saying that he would advocate repealing Roe v. Wade.  The whole conversation around Syria I found stunning, I was absolutely stunned by his position. He’s no Bill Young Republican, he’s a tea party Republican.”

During the debate, Jolly said he did not support a “pathway to citizenship” for people who immigrate illegally.

He said he thought Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision allowing women to choose whether to have abortions, should be overturned. Sink does not.   On Syria, the candidates were asked if the United States should have intervened in response to the Syrian government’s atrocities on its own people.

Jolly said President Obama's response was "an abject failure . . . we should have intervened right away." Sink said "I don't believe that we ought to put boots more on the ground," in the country. Overby said, "Us going in and killing more people is not going to solve anything."

Not long after sink appeared at the newspaper, her campaign unveiled a new video with excerpts form the debate, also slamming Jolly as “too extreme for Pinellas County.”
    Also Thursday, Sink spoke about her changing views on gay marriage. She said in the 2010 governor’s race, “I believe that I said I was supportive of civil unions but I just didn’t see gay marriage as being kind of a legal issue… what I didn’t understand then that I do now is how emotional, and rightfully so, my many friends in the gay community are about their ability to be married.” She now supports gay marriage.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 6, 2014 11:51pm]


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