Tweets of the debate: #AKSEN #AKHOUSE

Two candidates for the Senate–Sen. Mark Begich and Dan Sullivan–shared the stage in Fairbanks with House candidates Rep. Don Young, Democrat Forrest Dunbar and Libertarian candidate Jim McDermott. The forum was sponsored by the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.

With such big personalities on stage, many thought that the forum would be filed with fireworks. Judging from the twitter feed, and from reports back, the fireworks were kind of duds. The Senate race took up most of the air in the room, and at this point, those two candidates are so scripted that spontaneity was virtually impossible. The one piece of news, if you want to call it that, that came out of the forum was when Begich said that although he didn’t support the Pebble Mine, he also didn’t support EPA preemptively shutting the mine down, which appears at odds with other recent statements.

Here’s some tweets from the forum, thanks in large part to the reports at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, who know how to tweet right.













7 thoughts on “Tweets of the debate: #AKSEN #AKHOUSE

  1. Amy Carroll

    To the many people at work and around town who have asked if the above comment is mine: NO. It’s someone else with the same name.

    Amy Carroll (from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Juneau Alaska)

  2. Amy Carroll

    I watched the debate yesterday. The biggest surprise to me was Dunbar.

    First of all, between Begich and Sullivan, Begich comes off as a very slick article, I don’t believe anything he says. Unfortunately he is a very good communicator and I was impressed with how well he was able to get his bad ideas across. Sullivan, with whom I agree on the issues, is a poor debater. He appears awkward and waves his hands around in a very distracting manner. If he wins it is because voters know that Begich has been representing himself in DC, not us.

    Don Young brought his best game to the debate. He was knowledgable, articulate and very relatable. I was surprised by how cogent he was given what I have been reading about him lately. Contrary to the tweets, he had the biggest applause line about Obamacare.

    Dunbar was the surprise. He was also relatable, articulate, even likeable. He was properly respectful of Young’s experience, acknowledged he was a pretty conservative Democrat, and had good answers to tough questions. Too bad he isn’t a Republican. He has a definite political future in this state.

    The Libertarian was just an idiot. His positions weren’t even libertarian in nature.

  3. AH HA

    Begich comments “all you talk about is Reid and Obama” “this is about Alaska”….

    Well, It’s no wonder whenever anyone talks to him they Mention Reid or Obama… Based on Begich’s voting record in the senate, 97 percent of the time You don’t get his attention unless you invoke Reid or Obama…

  4. Amanda Post author

    You’re welcome. It takes longer to pull these things together than it might look. Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it.

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