Tierney warned that his main opponent, Republican Tisei, would become another extremist GOP vote in next year’s House, and Tisei, rejecting the allegation and describing himself as a bipartisan moderate, countered that a ninth term for Tierney would return another fiscal foot soldier for Obama spending policies and executive meddling to the 113th Congress.
The Health Care Reform Act, which Tierney supported, came in a drubbing by Tisei, who treated it as Exhibit A in executive overreach. He proudly compared the state’s prototype for Universal Health Care, approved by then Gov. Mitt Romney, to the “job killer” aka Obamacare. “There are 21 new taxes” that will go into effect after the election, Tisei added.
Tierney warned that Tisei supported the so-called Ryan budget (for Romney’s running mate Congressman Paul Ryan) and implied it would dismantle domestic programs. But Tisei said no, that he only said the Ryan budget was a good starting point for discussion. Still, Tisei made clear the size of the national debt bothered him greatly. “We’re going to be Greece pretty soon,” he added.
For his part, Fishman implicitly indicted both major parties for giving President Obama legislation, signed last New Year’s Day, which suspended “habeas corpus,” a limited constitutional right of the detained to be informed of charges against them, and went on to add that in general he wished the government did less law writing and spent less effort trying to create jobs.
Fishman got a laugh by quoting former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate, who said, “My two dogs have created more shovel-ready jobs than the government.”
He also defended his place in the debate and minor parties’ place in political discourse, and asked the audience to protest to WCVB-TV, Channel 5, for excluding him from the previous day’s 6th District congressional debate which was limited to Tierney and Tisei.