TV Debate: Carbajal and Caldwell Clash on...Well, Everything

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By Jerry Roberts of Newsmakers

The bottom line takeaway on KEYT's congressional debate between Rep. Salud Carbajal and Republican challenger Andy Caldwell on Saturday came in the closing statement of the Democratic incumbent:

"You have a clear choice between the two of us," said Salud.

Talk about the understatement of the century.

In a civil but spirited -- to the extent such a thing is possible when the principals were 3,000 miles apart and participants scattered from Santa Maria to TV Hill - the candidates in the 24th Congressional District over 60 minutes answered 20 questions -- with sharp, ideological differences emerging on virtually on every one.

On issue after issue, from the Affordable Act, abortion rights, an automatic weapons ban, another federal pandemic bill (Salud's for, Andy's against), to expanded offshore oil drilling, nuclear power, Trump's tax cuts, lifting pandemic business restrictions (Andy's for, Salud's against), the rivals offered clear and direct answers that seemed to make impossible the chances that any voter could remain undecided after hearing from the two of them.

Carbajal appeared via the miracle of Zoom from Washington D.C., where he perched himself before a black and white print of the Capitol rotunda hanging on the wall of the hotel suite where he's been quarantined with Covid - very good optics; Caldwell stood before a black background in what he jokingly described to reporters before the debate as an "undisclosed location," featuring a friend's high-end audio equipment, probably in North County.

Caldwell was by far more aggressive throughout, accusing Carbajal of ducking earlier debates ("hiding from the constituency"); attacking him as a profligate liberal ("no solutions except tax and spend and spend and spend"); portraying him as an elitist ("Montecito-backed and UCSB-voted-in") and positioning him only slightly to the left of Karl Marx ("he's voted 95 percent of the time with AOC (left-wing Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), a confessed socialist"); Carbajal kept smiling and repeatedly protesting that, "Mr. Caldwell is putting forth a lot of misinformation," at least until his closing statement, when he landed a couple of hard shots portraying Andy as an anti-feminist, anti-health care "lobbyist for the oil industry."


Under the smooth and skilled orchestration of KEYT moderator Scott Hennessee and the watchful eye of news director Jim Lemon, the event moved swiftly and steadily through inquiries sent in by viewers and posed consecutively by Lisa Andre of the Santa Ynez Valley News, in Santa Maria; Noozhawk's man on the scene John Molina in Goleta, and the Newsmakers National Desk, somewhere in the Wildland-Urban Interface.

There were no injuries.

You can watch the debate via KEYT by clicking on this link.

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PitMix Oct 19, 2020 11:26 AM
TV Debate: Carbajal and Caldwell Clash on...Well, Everything

We have to rethink all of those right wing conservative labels. After the last 4 years, "right" can no longer be applied, and nothing about the party of Trump is conservative except conserving the money of the richest people in the US. Best I can come up with is extremist, and you can apply it to both parties if you want.

Shame Oct 19, 2020 08:40 AM
TV Debate: Carbajal and Caldwell Clash on...Well, Everything

93117 I totally agree with you. We also are taking our business and leaving California. Some of my 70 employees will go also. It’s very sad what we have allowed to happen. Why can’t people see what’s going on. And for those of you judging me before you say anything I am not a republican! YET

Byzantium Oct 19, 2020 11:36 AM
TV Debate: Carbajal and Caldwell Clash on...Well, Everything

Unless you are selling to high tech in the "5th largest economy in the world", the rest of the market is a tax dollar funded welfare state. The top 1% do control this state economy Anyone of them leave and there will be serious gaps in the tax structure that funds this large welfare state, plus blow big holes in the 5th largest global economy - be sure and see who is #4 and #6 before getting drunk on those bragging rights. China, Germany, US and Japan dominate the global econmic scene, the rest of the list are minor league also- rans, including California.

Alexblue Oct 19, 2020 05:39 PM
TV Debate: Carbajal and Caldwell Clash on...Well, Everything

SHAME--are you moving somewhere in the US? Because if you are then you are still going to be paying taxes that get dumped in to the military at an insane rate, are given away in porkbarrel projects to preferred supporters, you'll still pay through the nose for health care that doesn't work for you, you still won't have a safety net or support services for family members suffering from mental health or drug problems, you'll still be living in a place with a criminal justice system that doesn't know how to reform criminals, and you'll still be a part of an economic system that rewards billionaires and punishes low income people. So, really, I don't know what you think is going to be so much better. And, what, you think Republicans have made any sort of effort to fix these issues in our society? Nope. They don't have answers either. There's no leadership in this country.

a-1603130977 Oct 19, 2020 11:09 AM
TV Debate: Carbajal and Caldwell Clash on...Well, Everything

I think both candidates are underwhelming. I voted for Lois Capps, will vote again for Salud, but neither of them provided much in terms of initiative, ideas, or energy. Andy is even more of a shill for Trump and the oil industry than Salud is for the Democratic Party positions. I look forward to the day when we have someone outstanding as our congressional representative. Monique Limon- is that you?

sblocal1967 Oct 19, 2020 01:43 PM
TV Debate: Carbajal and Caldwell Clash on...Well, Everything

Yes there are many failed businesses - many of Trump's endeavors can be lumped into that pile - but if no one takes risks, then you have NO jobs. In order to have prosperity there needs to be incentive for people to take risks - which is you get some rich people. There was a great news piece by 60 minutes years ago that profiled Indian reservations. The government gave reservations two choices: 1) you 100% own your land but get no subsidies 2) the government gets to own your land but will give you handouts. Over time the reservations who opted for no hand outs prospered where as the others were destitute. Above all else humans want to be productive and not treated like slaves. This is the fundamental difference between the fiscal agendas of Reps vs Dems. Reps trust people to do the right thing and only interfere to the extent for the common good, where as Dems think people have to rely on the government and that any overachievers should be shamed. I sincerely wish Salud would understand this and be more pro-business.

elderswimmer Oct 19, 2020 08:43 PM
TV Debate: Carbajal and Caldwell Clash on...Well, Everything

Have lived in North county more than 60 years. Salud cares about people. Andy is a whining anti everything. Listen to him on hate radio 1240 and be nauseated. He is disgusting and a parasite. He has held back progress in Santa Maria for years.


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