(SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) 7th district residents had a very simple way to see their congressional candidates Monday evening: on TV.
Candidates from the republican, democratic, and libertarian parties were represented in a forum broadcasted on KOLR-Springfield and KSNF-Joplin. The live out of studio television broadcast was something that was unprecedented in the 7th.
Candidates stayed mostly on message, tonight.
The candidates were thrown questions about immigration, cutting national debt, education, and health care, almost always sticking to the assumed position of their respective parties.
Jack Goodman premeired a change of tone tonight, assuming the same position Senator Nodler had been running for months. “It is important to have a congressman fully prepared and equpied, ready to fight and save this country. We don’t have much time.”
Billy Long disagreed, continuing his call to send “citizen legislators” to Washington.
Observers will say that the race is down to three Republicans: Billy Long, Gary Nodler, and Jack Goodman.
Randy Turner, a predominant blogger from the Joplin area, called the debate for Goodman and Nodler, saying “Goodman, Gary Nodler, and Darrell Moore all appeared to be more comfortable than Long, who at times seemed to be working much too hard to fit in his talking points.”
The candidates will be featured in Joplin Tuesday night, at a debate hosted by the Joplin Globe, where the format is said to be such that a real debate can occur.