Talk about the race for Congress with Democrat Nancy Boyda
October 11, 2006
This chat has already taken place. Read the transcript below.
<a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/elections/2006/nov/07/candidates/boyda/">Nancy Boyda</a> first ran in 2004 against incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, a Republican, and lost. The Democrat is back for another go-round - this time, she says, trying to run more of a grassroots campaign instead of relying on the backing of the national party. She takes your questions at 2:15 p.m. Oct. 11.
Good afternoon. This is Dennis Anderson, managing editor of the Lawrence Journal-World. I will be moderating today's online chat with Nancy Boyda, Democratic candidate for Congress in the second district. Welcome, Mrs. Boyda.
Thank you Dennis! I love this. Feels very interactive. Hope we get some good questions.
We apologize for the delay. We've had some technical difficulties. Here comes the first question.
If elected, what specific things will you do (or not do) that differ from the incumbent?
Why do you think negative campaigns continue to be run?
It appears that the day & age of compromise, civility, good-manners and the statesman (or woman) is dead and gone and that the atmosphere in DC (Madeline Albright called it "toxic"). Why do you think this is so, and is there anything that anyone (officials or general public) can do about the level of acrimony and animosity in politics?
I actually have a great deal of hope.....certainly a lot more than two years ago. People have had it and they are ready for change.
What gives me the most hope is the James Bker Iraq study group. It's a BIPARTISAN group of high level, well respected diplomats, military people and policy people who have been asked to step in a provide some "adult supervision" for this administration. They are expected to provide recommendations about Iraq AFTER the election. That works for me. We HAVE to take politics out adn get to real solutions.
I pray (literally) their recommendations will be ones I and the American people can get behind. After the Iraq study group, we MUST have healthcare and energy policy study groups. All the big issues will absolutely require bipartisan solutions.
As a life long REpublican and Democrat for last 3 years, I speak both languages pretty well. I think I'm in a unique position to work with both sides of the aisle.
It has been argued that there are only two solutions to the War in Iraq - stay the course or leave. Is there a middle ground and can you see benifit to a middle ground?
YES! Of course there is middle ground. The Republicans have framed the discussion to "are you for cut and run or are you for stay the course?" It's done a great deal to STOP real discussion and make sure NO solutions are found. We can't solve these important issues with quick slogans...our democracy depends on a discussion of the issues. The Baker Iraq study group will certainly be looking for middle ground. Thank heaven!
In your first 100 days, what would be your highest priority for legislative accomplishment as our new 2nd District Rep.?
1) We must break the tie between money and elections. That starts with electing representatives who are not in teh pockets of big money. Then.....we MUST look at real campaign reform.
2) I think Congress has 18-24 months to come up wiht a BIPARTISAN solution to healthcare and to energy. I hope to be part of voice that will holler from teh rooftops until that is heard.
Nothing will change until WE change Congress. If you want REAL change, we need to elect good people, but then YOU need to stay involved and hold Congress accountable.
What would you do to fix the health care crisis in America?
We need a BIPARTISAN solution to healthcare. There are 300 MILLION of us in this country. THere isn;t a perfect plan for everyone. If the dems or the republicans try to do it alone, it will get killed.
We already spend twice as much as other industrialzed countries on healthcare. We don't need to spend more money, we need to spend it smarter.....much smarter. This bi-partisan plan should look at Universal Healthcare, the Massachusetts plan, the California plan. Everything has problems, everything has benefits.
I feel certain Americans can solve this if stop the paritisan bickering.
Our time with Mrs. Boyda is limited today. I want to thank her for coming in an answering our readers' questions.
Thank you for the good questions. Not surprising a lot of questions about healthcare. It's on everyone's mind. Four more weeks! I'm aksing for your votes. We must have chnage in Congress! Hope to see you all on Victory night at the Topeka Ramada.