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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:33 AM
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Angry Exchanges in Debate by Two Republican Hopefuls for Senate
August 10, 2006 | MICHAEL COOPER

The two Republicans seeking to unseat Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton clashed ferociously last night in a debate that centered far more on questions of marital infidelity, nepotism and other personal attacks than on what either candidate would do if elected.

Kathleen Troia McFarland, a former official in the Reagan-era Pentagon, repeatedly hammered John Spencer, a former mayor of Yonkers, for having an extramarital affair with a city employee while he was mayor, having relatives on the city payroll, and raising property taxes. Mr. Spencer fought back, accusing her of distorting his record with lies and innuendos and half-truths while ignoring her early pledge to run a positive campaign.

Shes insulted my wife, shes insulted my children, shes insulted my military record, criticized my service in Vietnam, Mr. Spencer complained when he was asked about the tenor of the race. I do not think that my personal life, or Mrs. McFarlands personal life, or problems that she may be having, are part of the dialogue that the state and the people of New York care about, or the nation.

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You brought up your wife, and I must tell you that thats not a personal issue, she said. Thats a professional issue. Because when you were mayor of Yonkers, you had an affair with your secretary while you were married to somebody else. You tripled her salary and made her your chief of staff. You were living with her. You doubled your own personal income. You got financial gain from that. And you had two children.

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At one point, Ms. McFarland turned to Mr. Spencer and said, You taxed and spent like Hillary, and youve behaved like Bill.

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Rainscents Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:36 AM
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1. OMG... That is funny!
:rofl:
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:46 AM
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4. Isn't it though?
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:42 AM
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2. Intra-party flameout. They are eating their young...
Damn, those people are hilarious!
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:47 AM
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5. and they have zero chance of beating Hillary
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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:45 AM
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3. It's like the Republican equivalent of the Lamont-Lieberman battle
Except they will likely be beaten by the opponent in the general election anyway.
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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:47 AM
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6. Am I the only person in America that doesn't care about people's

extramarital activities? Regardless of who it is, someone I support or someone I oppose. I can't think of any situation it would sway me to vote for or against someone I normally would or wouldn't vote for based on other criteria. Is that just a strange belief now to think it's not any of my business and to have no concern about it?
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:56 AM
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7. No you aren't, but we are in a minority
I read somewhere recently that after Clinton and his 'escapades', America wanted a president who went to bed next to his wife every night at 9:30. And that is exactly what we got. :)
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