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Virtual Debate ’08 – Day 2

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The United States Senate

Virtual Debate ‘08 is the effort of the Family Policy Council of WV to give candidates for political office the chance to speak directly to their voters.  No spin.  No sound bites.  Just questions and answers.

Today, each candidate was given nine questions presented by the staff of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, members of our allied ministries, and from our supporters.  The candidates have been given the questions ahead of time and were given the same amount of time to answer them.   Each candidate was also given the opportunity to, if they so chose, create and answer their own question.  Candidates from the Democrat and Republican parties were offered the equal opportunity to participate.  In the invitation, it was stated that if a candidate chose not to participate, we would simply comment that, “This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ‘08” beside his or her portion of the debate.

It is not our intent to endorse or oppose any candidate for office.  We have simply made available a vehicle for candidates for public office to speak directly to those they seek to govern.

Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq. of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia asks, “How do you believe that you as a Senator can promote and encourage strong families?”

 

Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Sen. Jay Wolfe

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

“We can start by protecting the family with a constitutional amendment to declare marriage as a union between one man and one woman. A husband and wife in the marriage relationship, as ordained by God, give children the best hope of stability needed to be raised and nurtured in a loving environment.”

 

Tony Perkins, President of allied ministry Family Research Council asks, “As a United States Senator, would you encourage Congress to prohibit the distribution of Federal funds to institutions that provide abortions?”

 

Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Sen. Jay Wolfe

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

“Yes I will and my voting record proves my answer. I am endorsed by the West Virginians for Life because they know that I have defended the rights of the unborn child on the floor of the WV State Senate. I pledge to continue to do so in the U.S. Senate.”

 

 

Brian Plants of Kanawha County, West Virginia asks, “Would you support ‘academic freedom’ legislation which would ensure students are taught to critically analyze all existing scientific theories?”

 

Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Sen. Jay Wolfe

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

“Yes. Since the evidence from geologic formations points to a global cataclysm that buried billions of dead things under layers of rock which appear to have been laid down by water, I would support such legislation that gives equal weight to theories that compete with evolution.”

 

 

Tom Minnery, Senior Vice-President for Government and Public Policy with Focus on the Family Action asks, “Do you support efforts to dilute, weaken, or repeal the Federal Defense of Marriage Act?”

Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Sen. Jay Wolfe

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

“No, in fact as stated above, I will work to take the Act to the level of a constitutional amendment since a law can be so easily diluted, weakened or repealed. By the way, Tom Minnery, your book, Why You Can’t Stay Silent, has been a great inspiration to me.”

 

 

Barry Holstein of Kanawha County, West Virginia asks, “Would you introduce legislation, or support legislation, that provided tax relief measures for war veterans?”

 

Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Sen. Jay Wolfe

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

“I am one who will work to bring tax relief to all Americans by abolishing the income, payroll, estate, gift and capital gains tax system along with the IRS and replace it with a progressive national retail sales tax. If you have not studied the concept, it is called the FairTax and can be reviewed in detail at www.FairTax.org. Our 67,000 pages of the IRS code and regulations is an unnecessary burden on all families as well as businesses.”

 

 

Gary Bauer, President of ministry friend American Values asks, “The Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) proposes to extend extra-constitutional protections based upon one’s ‘actual or perceived’ sexual orientation. Would you vote for or against ENDA if introduced during your term as senator?”

 

Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Sen. Jay Wolfe

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

“I will work and vote against ENDA.”

 

 

Stephen and Marcia Westover of Jefferson County, West Virginia ask, “Would you support legislation to increase the adoption tax credit in an effort to reduce the costs of adoption for West Virginia families?”

 

Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Sen. Jay Wolfe

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

“Yes. I have a hope that someday, we will not destroy innocent life in their mother’s wombs. We will pass a constitutional amendment, like was done to abolish slavery, to abolish abortion. Therefore, it behooves us to use tax policy to promote those alternatives to abortion such as adoption.”

 

 

 

Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq. of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia asks, “Do you support choice in education, such as charter schools, home schooling, and/or educational tax credits?”

 

 

Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Sen. Jay Wolfe

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

“Yes. I also support abolishing the Department of Education in an effort to return control of this function of government to the states and local boards of education. By the way, the FairTax concept does not tax education or investment.”

 

Rev. David Goodin of Monongalia County, West Virginia asks, “Even though the country appears to be divided on the issue of abortion, our political leaders seem reluctant to even debate the issue. Will you lead a difficult discussion about abortion in the United States Senate?”

Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Sen. Jay Wolfe

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

“Abortion is an evil of colossal magnitude. As Tom Minnery points out in his book, we need to stop merely sending pro-life petitions to Congress and start sending pro-lifers. My opponent has consistently voted to fund abortion and legalize abortion through all nine months of a pregnancy. Now, he has endorsed a Presidential candidate, long before the WV primary, that supports infanticide. If he can’t get this is issue right, we cannot trust his judgment on other issues. I will lead on this issue when you send me to the U.S. Senate.”

 

 

 

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Written by Jeremy Dys

September 16, 2008 at 4:00 am

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