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Virtual Debate ’08 – Day 3

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The United States House of Representatives

Today, candidates for the United States House of Representatives have been given the opportunity to speak directly to you.  Each candidate was given the same nine questions and then asked to submit and answer one of their own creation.  In addition, each candidate has been given the option of submitting a video introduction or providing an official biography to introduce themselves to you.  

Candidates running for the 2nd Congressional District are Ms. Anne Barth running against The Hon. Shelley Moore Capito.  Candidates running for the 3rd Congressional District of West Virginia are Mr. Marty Gearheart running against The Hon. Nick Rahall.

The Hon. Shelley Moore Capito’s Biography:

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito is a member of the 110th Congress representing the 2nd Congressional District of West Virginia.  First elected in 2000, she is the only Republican, only female and newest member of the West Virginia delegation that has a combined 146 years of service in Congress.  Prior to being elected to Congress, she served two terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates. 

Rep. Capito’s guiding principle is simple:  “When I vote on important issues like reducing taxes, strengthening Social Security, and creating jobs, I make these decisions first, foremost, and always, based on doing what is best for the hard-working citizens of West Virginia.”  In Congress, she serves on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the House Committee on Financial Services where she is the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development.
 
Rep. Capito graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Zoology, and also holds a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia. She is married to Charles L. Capito, Jr., and together they have three children Charles and his wife Laura, Moore, and Shelley. She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

No other candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives submitted a biography for Virtual Debate ‘08.

 

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

Ms. Anne Barth

The Hon. Shelley Moore Capito

Mr. Marty Gearheart

The Hon. Nick Rahall

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. First, I believe that the foundation of all families is marriage between a man and woman.  In addition, I support the right of parents to decide where they send their children to school.  I also believe that families should have the right to worship where they choose and express their religious views in public.  I will continue to support sound tax policy including ending the marriage penalty and keeping the child tax credit.        I like the words “promote and encourage” in your question. As a leader the personal example one sets is paramount.  Christians recognize our imperfections but also believe that our actions influence others. I hope that now and in the future my actions make positive statements for strong families.    A big part of our campaign stresses personal responsibility.  The recognition of ones rights and the corresponding responsibilities associated with them permeates my philosophy on issues such as taxes, immigration, spending, and energy.  This philosophy applied to how we all take part in our families can have positive effects.    Finally, money issues usually are a major source of family difficulties.   I believe that when  our economy is good and progressing and better jobs at better wages are available pressure is taken off the family.  I believe that this happens when government is fiscally responsible keeping taxes low and spending in line. This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

 

Tom Minnery, Senior Vice-President for Government and Public Policy with Focus on the Family Action asks, “Would you support legislation to protect the rights of health care professionals and organizations to reject participation in, or cooperation with, the provision of abortion or abortifacient drugs?”

Ms. Anne Barth

The Hon. Shelley Moore Capito

Mr. Marty Gearheart

The Hon. Nick Rahall

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. I would vote for the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (S. 350) and oppose any efforts to weaken the bill with amendments.

Yes. I don’t believe one should be compelled to perform an act that they find morally reprehensible.  Since abortion is part of current law, physicians should inform patients in advance of their limitations in this area.

 

 

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

 

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?”

Ms. Anne Barth

The Hon. Shelley Moore Capito

Mr. Marty Gearheart

The Hon. Nick Rahall

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. I am a strong believer that government must provide incentives to families and individuals that promote alternatives to abortions.  There are many couples who seek to adopt a child; however, this can be a timely and expensive process.  I support efforts to increase the adoption tax credit.  Yes.  I can see no reason why all adoption expense would not qualify for tax credit. This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

 

Tony Perkins, President of allied ministry Family Research Council asks, “Would you support legislation, such as a ‘Freedom of Conscience’ law, that would affirm our religious heritage and the religious freedom guarantees found in both the U.S. and West Virginia constitutions by allowing individuals, businesses, and religious institutions the right to express and carry out their moral views regarding homosexual behavior in the school, workplace, or public square without fear of reprisal?

Ms. Anne Barth

The Hon. Shelley Moore Capito

Mr. Marty Gearheart

The Hon. Nick Rahall

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. I support efforts to promote and maintain the quality of life and values including religious freedom guarantees we have; therefore, I would give serious consider to supporting a Freedom of Conscience bill upon review of the language of the draft bill. I believe in freedom of conscience.  I do however think we have too much redundancy in law.  As mentioned in your question this is already part of the West Virginia and U.S. Constitution.  An additional law should not be necessary. This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

 

Phil Raines of Kanawha County, West Virginia asks, “Do you believe, as some have suggested, that abortion should be ‘safe and rare?’  If so, how would you specifically work to increase its safety and maximize its rarity?”

Ms. Anne Barth

The Hon. Shelley Moore Capito

Mr. Marty Gearheart

The Hon. Nick Rahall

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. I voted to ban partial birth abortion.  In addition, I support the Hyde Amendment; voted for parental notification; and I am opposed to the Freedom of Choice Act that seeks to limit the authority of state legislatures to restrict abortions.       I don’t think abortion should ever take place. I would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned.  Since abortion is legal, I want it to be safe and extremely rare.  Strong families and education will enhance the “rare” aspect.  Legitimate and willing medical professionals are the only answer to the “safe” issue.  My personal convictions are that the safest method is for abortion not to happen. This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

 

Gary Bauer, President of ministry friend American Values asks, “A recent economic study suggests that the United States is losing an estimated $112 billion annually due to the break down of the family.  That same study suggests that if the divorce rate is curbed by simply 1%, American taxpayers could save more than $1 billion dollars annually.  Would you set aside Federal funding to fund marriage strengthening programs?”

Ms. Anne Barth

The Hon. Shelley Moore Capito

Mr. Marty Gearheart

The Hon. Nick Rahall

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. I do believe that a strong marriage is the basis of a strong family.  I do support increasing funding for marriage strengthening programs.       I am curious about the numbers and would be interested to find out what makes out this large number.  I am not in favor of federal funding for marriage strengthening.  This is a personal responsibility and hopefully the faith community works to help in this area.  I am in favor of family education (to include information on the value of marriage) in schools. This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

 

Barry Holstein of Kanawha County, West Virginia asks, “What is your stance on assault weapon ownership and regulations?”

Ms. Anne Barth

The Hon. Shelley Moore Capito

Mr. Marty Gearheart

The Hon. Nick Rahall

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. I have and will remain a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.  It is a fundamental right in our constitution and a valued part of West Virginia’s culture.  I am not in support of efforts to ban guns including so called assault weapons. I am a 2nd amendment advocate and believe in gun ownership.  I believe ownership of assault weapons is acceptable but think the sale and purchase should be strictly and critically evaluated. This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

 

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?”

Ms. Anne Barth

The Hon. Shelley Moore Capito

Mr. Marty Gearheart

The Hon. Nick Rahall

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. I believe that education should be about learning, and this includes debate and conflicting views.  I do support teaching various theories about things such as evolution and creationism as long as they are grounded in science and designed to stimulate thought.  Yes. Students should be presented theoretical information and evaluate critically.  “All” is a bit of an all encompassing term though.  Possibly “legitimate” Scientific theories would be a better way to phrase. This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

 

Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq. of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia asks, “Would you encourage your colleagues in Congress to restrict the Federal funding of institutions that provide abortions?”

Ms. Anne Barth

The Hon. Shelley Moore Capito

Mr. Marty Gearheart

The Hon. Nick Rahall

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. I support the Hyde Amendment which prohibits using federal Medicaid funding for abortions except in the cases of rape, incest or life of the mother.  I would vote against any effort to overturn the Mexico City Policy which was re-instituted by Executive Order and bans U.S. dollars being used for abortions except in the case of rape, incest or life of the mother.  I will remain an advocate for these positions in Congress. Yes.  I will vote against any item that encourages or funds abortion.  I will use whatever influence I have to convince others to take the same position.       This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08.

 

The Hon. Shelley Moore Capito’s Question:

Liberals in Congress are seeking to re-institute the fairness doctrine in an effort to silence the power of talk radio.  Will you vote against any effort that encroaches on our First Amendment rights to free speech and seeks to re-institute the fairness doctrine? 

The Hon. Shelley Moore Capito’s Answer:

I voted for the Pence Amendment which sought to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from using appropriated funds to implement the fairness doctrine, and I will continue to vote against efforts that seek to silence free speech under this provision. 

 

Mr. Marty Gearheart’s Question:

As a divorced father how are you to take moral stands regarding pro family issues? 

Mr. Marty Gearheart’s Answer:

I consider the failure of my marriage as one the great regrets of my life.  I believe that one that is married should stay that way unless extreme circumstances make the split necessary.  I didn’t want a divorce at the time but my spouse differed resulting in the eventual split.  I have been a father to my children and am proud that even as part of a split family they have grown up to be fine young ladies.  I think the stands I take on moral issues have been an important part of the education of my children.  I think they recognize the difficulty of divorce and recognize that we are all flawed but can be forgiven.  I also think being forgiven puts us in the position to do the right thing going forward.  Hopefully my mistakes coupled with my reaction to them, help me to have a positive influence on moral issues.

 

 

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Written by Jeremy Dys

September 17, 2008 at 10:28 am

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  1. I finally decided to write a comment on your blog. I just wanted to say good job. I really enjoy reading your posts.

    Mike Harmon

    September 17, 2008 at 10:37 am


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