Congressional Candidates Debate the Ban

About 170 gathered last night at the Harmony Cafe in Appleton for a debate with the five candidates vying to representing Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District in Congress.

The candidates are Republicans Terri McCormick and John Gard, and Democrats Jaime Wall, Nancy Nussbaum, and Steve Kagen. McCormick and Gard are both Assembly representatives and both supported the civil unions and marriage ban. The candidates were asked about the ban. Here's the Post-Crescent coverage:
McCormick said moral beliefs compelled her to support a ban. Gard responded similarly, adding that the majority of Wisconsin voters share his belief that "marriage should be between one man and one woman."

Wall tackled Gard's position, earning the only round of applause of the night.

Wall called the debate on gay marriage "a pretty cynical attempt to play on people's fears for partisan political gain," he said, looking at Gard as he spoke.
"Ask yourself a little bit about the motives of the people who advanced this and whether it had anything to do with their own careers and you might have a better perspective of what's really at stake here."

Kagen described the issue as a political diversion, while Nusbaum noted her own son is gay.

Nusbaum earlier outlined what she felt was the top issue of the campaign, but was not allowed to expound on it.

"Certainly, the war in Iraq tops everything else at the moment," she said.

The partisan primaries will take place Sept. 12, with the two winners facing off in the Nov. 7 election.

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