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CanonRay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:44 AM
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Candidate Forum at Focus on the Family...Scary Stuff from the Springs!
Candidates talk religion at Focus forum

By ED SEALOVER THE GAZETTE


Politics and religion mixed at a Focus on the Family congressional forum Monday, as answers that may have raised eyebrows elsewhere played perfectly before this crowd. Five Republicans and one Democrat seeking the open 5th Congressional District seat fielded questions on abortion, campaign integrity and the war in Iraq.

The answers were much the same as they have been throughout the campaign, but in front of a crowd of 220 made up mostly of employees of the Christian ministry, the candidates often referred to God and their faith. Bentley Rayburn spoke of opening Iraq to the word of Jesus. He and Duncan Bremer said they had been called by God to campaign for Congress.

An exchange on abortion between Democrat Jay Fawcett and Jeff Crank was illustrative of the event. Fawcett explained his pro-choice stance by saying: "I have no desire to dictate your faith to you, and I hope you have no desire to dictate mine for me." Crank, who supports outlawing abortion, shot back that votes on abortion always are based on the faith of the member deciding them. "We need to stop this phony baloney about not bringing faith into the public square," the former Chamber of Commerce vice president said. "We absolutely need to bring faith into the public square."

The debate at the headquarters of the influential, conservative Christian ministry was the next-to-last one scheduled before the Aug. 8 Republican primary. Five of the six Republicans in the primary to replace retiring GOP Rep. Joel Hefley have cast themselves as the true conservative in the race. Former El Paso County Sheriff John Anderson, considered the most liberal Republican candidate on social issues, did not attend.

Rayburn, a retired Air Force major general, framed several answers in terms of what "we as Christians" would do. As he has throughout the
campaign, he described the war in Iraq as a battle against radical Islam and said establishing a democracy in Iraq would send a message.
"That will open up hope within these countries for the gospel of Jesus Christ to change hearts," he said. Rayburn and Bremer, a former El Paso county commissioner, said they believe God had called them to run for office. "I want to be God's man in Washington," Bremer told the crowd. "I want to represent the heart of this district . . . whether people who are saved and working side by side with you or whether people who are unsaved." Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera noted his lifelong Catholicism as the basis for his anti-abortion stances; Doug Lamborn said he became a Christian when he was 19.

The Republican candidates vowed to support a constitutional amendment banning abortion.

All six, including Fawcett, said they hope to serve on the House Armed Services Committee and, responding to a question, all said they'd oppose a nationwide smoking ban similar to Colorado's.

The candidates also were questioned about the source of campaign
contributions and if any had taken money from the gambling or pornography industries. Lamborn, a state senator, was the only candidate who said he received a contribution from a casino owner. Lamborn said Bronco Billy's Casino general manager Marc Murphy gave him $500 because he agrees with his opposition to expanding gambling in Colorado.

Candidates also were asked what bill they would introduce first if
elected. Rivera said it would be a law allowing for greater supplies of
alternative energy, and Crank said he would push for elimination of the
federal Department of Education. Lamborn said he would like to make
President Bush's tax cuts permanent, and Rayburn said he is interested in passing a balanced budget amendment. Bremer did not have a specific answer. Fawcett said he would seek funding for special-needs children that was not included in an earlier bill approved by Congress to help them.

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quiet.american Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:21 AM
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1. I'm so sick of these freaks who do not understand our Constitution. n/t
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distantearlywarning Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:27 AM
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2. This is a primary reason why I left Colorado Springs
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 08:28 AM by distantearlywarning
The summer I moved, the entire newly-elected city council, as a first act of business, voted to take away health benefits for unmarried partners of city employees. This was at a time when the Springs was in a severe drought, the entire county was on water rationing and worried about running out of drinking water for 1/2 million people, and the forests outside of town burned the entire summer, covering the city with thick smoke and threatening outlying suburbs.

And the religious whackjobs in the city council thought that the fact that 2 gay people might get health insurance on the taxpayer dime was the most pressing issue facing Colorado Springs. It still makes me infuriated to think about it, 4 years later. :wtf: :grr:

Obviously nothing much has changed since I moved. That place is sickly in its soul. I wouldn't live there again if someone paid me.
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:30 AM
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3. Jay Fawcett deserves a lot of credit for walking into the lions den...
He was probably the only Democrat there?
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CanonRay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 08:39 AM
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4. There are lots of us!
They've actually recruited over 200 volunteers to canvass. A lot of mainstream "Rockefeller" Republicans are just as sick of it.
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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 09:05 AM
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5. General Rayburn seems pretty ignorant of Iraq
Saddam's number one guy was a Christian and Iraq was a secular country before the occupation. For a General he is not well briefed about the world. But he probably thinks it is only six thousand years old anyway...
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CanonRay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 09:14 AM
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6. They all scare the hell out of me!
Now one of their commericials is painting two others as "liberals". What a joke. The most liberal of them would fit in well on a Nazi General Staff.
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 09:30 AM
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7. And the Independent newspaper endorsed Anderson...
the former Sheriff. He looks like a leftist next to some of the others, even though he is probably more of a Libertarian than any of the others. It will be interesting to see if they unite as a Party once this very volatile primary is over?
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CanonRay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 01:33 PM
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8. One thing is for sure...
They'll have plenty of money. If you live in the 'Springs, please volunteer, if you don't please help Jay out financially. He's taking on Focus on the Family by himself!
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