Live Blogging – the Chaffetz-Cannon Debate

Below is the text of my initial reaction the the debate between Jason Chaffetz and Chris Cannon on the Bob Lonsberry Program.  You can list to the debate via MP3, and see what my reactions were as I heard them.  Understand that I was at work when making these comments, and sometime work got in the way of blogging.  Can you imagine.

The Debate Begins


Cannon asks Chaffetz to share his experience.

Chaffetz gives an excellent resume.


Cannon says to vote for me because I am ugly (rough paraphrase). Does Cannon really think that people are voting for Jason because he is better looking?????


Chaffetz brings out the first issue oriented question.

Cannon stumbles through in answering the question. And turns it to a different issue that he feels he is strong on.

Lonsberry gets Cannon back on track.


Cannon tries to make Chaffetz look soft of immigration.

Chaffetz points people to the facts on himself.

Cannon implies that Chaffetz is inexperienced. Then implies that his temporary permit is a permanent
stay visa. And Cannon is wrong.


Chris, if it is hard to get immigration laws passed, then maybe this job is too hard for you. Time to put someone in who is willing to fight for it.


Things got really heated. And fun for the listener.


At this point the candidate are given equal amounts of time to present their final arguments and rebuttals.

Chaffetz calls out Cannon on his record. While there are similarities. Chaffetz shows how they are different.

  • No Child Left Behind
  • Immigration
  • Personal and Federal Financial responsibility.
  • and more


Cannon tells us about the “Fair Isaac” Bill that he passed. Don’t know much about it, but it is interesting how much Air time the Cannon has sought in the past few weeks.

What things are you going to do??? He just says that there are things he would like to do. But he won’t tell us what they are.

Cannon claims to be consistent. However, his early years have shown him to be far more liberal in his attitudes towards illegal immigration.

Then he gets back at Chaffetz who isn’t running in his district. Something that Chaffetz has already called to the table and said is a non-issue.

If energy has been one of your issues, then why are we paying $4 a gallon. Shouldn’t we blame you for this, because you have claimed to be fighting on energy for 12 years.

Concluding Thoughts

I know that I am biased in this election.  But I honestly feel that Chaffetz was the most concise and clear on the issues.  He presented himself very well.  Chris Cannon didn’t do as good a job.  Usually he handles himself better than this.  Anyway, my final conclusion is the Chaffetz won this debate.


One Response to “Live Blogging – the Chaffetz-Cannon Debate”

  1. jasonthe Says:

    Thanks for the live-blog. Definitely an interesting exchange.

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