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Virtual Debate 08 – Day 6

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Attorney General of West Virginia

Welcome to the final day of Virtual Debate ’08, the opportunity for candidates for statewide office in West Virginia to speak directly to you, the voter.

Today, the office of Attorney General for West Virginia has been given the opportunity to answer questions of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, our allied ministries, ministry friends, and members of the West Virginia media.  In addition, each candidate was given the option of submitting, and answering, a question of their own design.

Both candidates were given the same questions and the same amount of time to answer them.  It should be noted that each candidate was informed that, should they wish not to participate, then the words, “This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ‘08” beside their entry.

It is not our intent to endores or oppose any candidate for office.  We simply transmit directly to you the answers of those running for office as we received them.

Day 6…. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jeremy Dys

September 22, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Virtual Debate ’08 – Day 4

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Governor of the State of West Virginia

Welcome to the 4th day of Virtual Debate ’08!  Our effort to give the candidates for public service the opportunity to speak directly to you continues with the office of Governor for the State of West Virginia.  This race features Governor Joe Manchin running against The Hon. Russ Weeks.

Below are the answers to the nine questions asked by the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, supporters of the Family Policy Council, allied ministries, and the media.  In addition, as with every candidate, these candidates were given the option of crafting their own question to be answered.

We do not endorse or oppose any candidate, but have made our blog available to keep the citizens of West Virginia informed and involved with the selection of their leaders.  Candidates from both parties were invited to participate, given the questions ahead of time, and instructed that if they chose not to participate, the words, “This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08” would be inserted by their area for response.  

Without further ado, Day 4…. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jeremy Dys

September 18, 2008 at 10:34 am

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jeremy Dys

September 17, 2008 at 10:28 am

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jeremy Dys

September 16, 2008 at 4:00 am

Virtual Debate ’08 – Day 1

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President of the United States

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.

Over the next week, we will be asking questions of candidates from United States Senate to West Virginia Attorney General.  The candidates have been given the questions ahead of time and were given the same amount of time to answer them.  Candidates from the Democrat and Republican parties were offered the 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.”  

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.  

However, we did not anticipate both candidates for office declining our repeated requests to participate.  Today, you were to have read the debate between Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama, candidates for President of the United States.  Unfortunately, despite repeated attempts to contact and encourage both campaigns (by mail, email, telephone, and personal meetings), both candidates have declined to participate in Virtual Debate ’08.

While we cannot bring you the responses of either candidate, we do wish to provide you with information from which you can draw your own decision on Election Day.  To that end, we encourage you to peruse the information linked below.  Perhaps like any election day before, this November 4 will be of critical importance to the future of the family.  

Thanks for stopping by Virtual Debate ’08.  Tomorrow, the debate will continue with candidates for the United States Senate from West Virginia.

2008 Presidential Voter Guide presented by FRCAction (opens PDF).

2008 Democratic National Committee Party Platform (opens PDF).

2008 Republican Party Platform.

2008 WV GOP Platform.

2008 WV DNC Platform (links to page where platform can be downloaded).

Written by Jeremy Dys

September 15, 2008 at 4:00 am