While there wasn’t a lot of newly plowed territory in Wednesday night’s umpteenth GOP Senate “debate,” there was at least a complete cast of contenders.
All 8 candidates seeking the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate were on stage at UCA in a candidate forum that was short on big fireworks, but resulted in a few spirited defenses.
Front-runners Cong. John Boozman and State Sen. Gilbert Baker had the most to defend.
Boozman recited his defense of the TARP plan, an $700 billion bailout of the Wall Street banking system that nearly collapsed in the fall of 2008.
“There’s nothing conservative about allowing the lending function of your economy to disintegrate,” Boozman said, according to this report from the Log Cabin Democrat.
Baker defended his support of a $10 million interstate exchange project for the Conway area, which helped secure that Hewlett-Packard would locate a $28 million, white-collar customer service facility in Faulkner County.
“I supported it for three reasons: jobs, jobs, jobs,” Baker said.
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