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Romano on CD13 debate: David Jolly wins on style, but did he go too far right?

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February

Here's John Romano's take on the first televised debate in the special election to succeed CW Bill Young in Congress. FWIT, I saw it mostly the same way. I was struck by Jolly sounding nothing like a moderate on most issues in this squishy swing district (Syria especially, but to Sink's consternation/confusuion not at all on minimum wage). In a special election where Republicans are almost certain to turn out more voters than Democrats the ultimate question is whether the race will be decided by fired up Republicans or swing voter independents.

Romano:

 Of the two major party candidates onstage at Monday night's congressional debate, it seemed to me that David Jolly was sharper. More confident and concise.

In short, he did the better job of articulating his worldview.

For a guy who is trying to portray Alex Sink as an interloper, Jolly doesn't seem to be real cozy with a lot of his Pinellas County neighbors.

This is a county of nuance. A county with more centrists than radicals. A county that will lean Republican on one day, and then tilt Democrat on the next.

Yet Jolly seemed to be making a Fox News audition tape.

This wasn't just a Republican candidate trying to portray Sink as an out-of-touch liberal. This was a candidate taking a hard right at almost every fork in the road.

Obamacare? Repeal it.

Common Core? Dump it.

How to handle Syria? Attack it.

Immigration reform? Forget it.

Roe vs. Wade? Overturn it.

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[Last modified: Monday, February 3, 2014 11:10pm]

    

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