Allen West and Patrick Murphy square off in only televised debate

Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist and Patriot.

In the video below Congressman Allen West clearly shows why he is the favorite among voters that want straight answers and speak the truth. 

Murphy clearly hung up on Congressman’s affiliation with tea party and slinging mud seems to believe this is the road to victory.  November 6th, the voters will speak.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.

Congressman Allen Wests Speaks at town hall meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL

By Jeff Ostrowski

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer


Congressional candidates Allen West and Patrick Murphy sparred over tax policy and health care Friday night, with West positioning himself as a proponent of limited government and Murphy playing the role of moderate Democrat.

U.S. Rep. West, R-Palm Beach Gardens, and Murphy, a Jupiter Democrat, are vying for the District 18 congressional seat. They debated for nearly an hour at WPTV-Channel 5 in West Palm Beach.

West, a tea party favorite who has drawn attention for his provocative comments, called for a flat income tax and an end to the estate tax. He said lower taxes on Americans making more than $250,000 would boost the economy.

“If you put more money into business owners’ pockets, they’re going to reinvest it and they’re going to hire people,” West said. (entire article below:)

Murphy, a Republican turned Democrat, said West is simply too divisive to work well with Democrats in Washington.

“When you’re spending your time calling people communists or comparing them to Nazis and Marxists, that’s no way to get things done,” Murphy said. “I’m a former Republican,” he said. “I got tired of the extremism.”

The two candidates stuck to their party playbooks, with Murphy defending President Obama’s policies and West criticizing them. Taking aim at the right’s favorite punching bag, West called Obamacare costly and unwieldy.

“When you look at the Affordable Care Act, it’s a tax law,” West said. “There are 20 new taxes in the Affordable Care Act.”

Murphy defended the landmark legislation, which seeks to provide health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans.

“The Affordable Care Act is not perfect,” Murphy said. “No piece of legislation that comes out of Washington is perfect.”

West, a former lieutenant colonel in the Army, was elected to Congress in 2010. Murphy is a political newcomer.

Airwaves in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast have been filled with ads in which West and Murphy gleefully attack one another. Seated face to face in a television studio, the two combatants were mostly cordial, with a few exceptions.

After Murphy said his campaign ads are accurate, West interrupted.

“Me punching women is accurate?” West said.

“That’s not my ad, sir,” Murphy responded.

The ad in question showed a cartoon West wearing boxing gloves and punching women. It was paid for by American Sunrise, a political action committee funded in large part by Murphy’s father, contractor Thomas Murphy.

In an attempt to needle his opponent, West criticized Murphy for stressing his background as a certified public accountant when he’s not licensed as a CPA in Florida.

“You’re kind of misleading people as far as your credentials,” West said.

Murphy acknowledged that he’s not licensed as a CPA in Florida but said the distinction doesn’t matter.

“I’m a certified public accountant in the state of Colorado,” Murphy said. “I never hid that.”

On some issues, the candidates agreed. Both said they’d trim the deficit by seeking out waste in Washington and by cutting unnecessary federal agencies. West said he’d target the Department of Energy and the Department of Education, while Murphy vowed to go after Medicare fraud.

Murphy and West drew a clear distinction on social issues.

“I support a woman’s right to choose,” Murphy said. “This is an area where my opponent and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

West, for his part, criticized Planned Parenthood and said abortion should be allowed only in severe cases, such as rape and incest.

“We don’t support abortion as a means of birth control,” West said.

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One thought on “Allen West and Patrick Murphy square off in only televised debate

  1. Col. West’s background and character more than qualifies him for the position of U.S. Representative. As a true Conservative he is truly concerned about the direction our Country is going….

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