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Boyda, Jenkins debate over war, taxes

October 2, 2008


Election 2008

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— From the war in Iraq to tax policy, U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, and her Republican challenger State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, also of Topeka, verbally sparred Wednesday over numerous issues affecting voters in the 2nd Congressional District.

Jenkins faces Boyda in the Nov. 4 election to represent the district that includes west Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and most of southeast Kansas.

The hour-long forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters was televised live on KTWU public television in Topeka and will be rebroadcast at 9 p.m. Oct. 28.

Jenkins went on the attack, saying Boyda, a first-term lawmaker, and the Democratic majority in Congress had been given an opportunity to solve problems, but failed.

"I expect results, and I see nothing," Jenkins said.

She accused Boyda of voting for the largest tax increase in the history of the United States.

Boyda said that wasn't true and chided Jenkins for using the kind of attack that Jenkins decried when used on herself in the August Republican Party primary.

A nonpartisan budget study group has said the tax increase claims made by Jenkins and other Republicans against Boyda and other Democrats are not true.

Meanwhile, Boyda challenged Jenkins to join her in calling for an end to billions of dollars in subsidies to large oil companies. But Jenkins said she would oppose any kind of tax increase.

The two candidates also clashed over the war in Iraq. Boyda has been a critic of President Bush's handling of the war and said the conflict has hurt national security by overstretching the military.

"Our enemies know how much we are strained," Boyda said.

Jenkins said mistakes had been made in the war, but that ridding the country of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has made the world safer.

On the current economic problems being debated in Congress, Boyda voted against the proposed $700 billion bailout in the House on Monday. Jenkins said she supported that decision. And both candidates said the new Senate bailout plan was an improvement but that it needed further work.

The two candidates had a dustup over the recent decision last year to increase the federal minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 over three years.

Jenkins said she didn't support a federal minimum wage, declaring, "I'm a free-market girl." After the forum, she said she had meant that she opposed the increase because she said it was hurting small businesses.

Both candidates were asked about the presidential candidates. Jenkins praised the White House ticket of U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. "They are mavericks, both of them," Jenkins said.

Boyda said she planned to vote for her party's ticket - U.S. Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and Joe Biden of Delaware. But she said whichever team wins, "it's going to be historic."

Boyda and Jenkins are scheduled to meet again at 7 p.m. Monday at a forum at the Dole Institute of Politics on Kansas University's West Campus.


lee66049 9 years, 5 months ago

Jenkins took Boyda's do nothing record and threw it right back at her. She cleaned Boyda's clock so to speak. Nancy Boyda is a member of a do nothing congress that has the lowest approval rating in recorded history. Under her watch the unregulated Fannie and Freddie Mae collapsed, we had an oil crisis that has yet to be resolved and a collapse of the economy. Nancy Boyda needs to go.

1029 9 years, 5 months ago

"Jenkins praised the White House ticket of U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. 'They are mavericks, both of them,' Jenkins said."That response is pretty weak, and is an insult to the people that have come to recognize how pathetic the republican presidential ticket is, but may have still been willing to give Jenkins a chance.On another note, the future of the U.S. doesn't look too promising if individuals like lee66049 continue to have such a complete misunderstanding of how the federal government works. Too many simple people are overly simplifying the causes (and timeline) of the financial mess the country has gotten itself into.

Godot 9 years, 5 months ago

Boyda demonstrated that she still has no grasp of the root causes of the credit meltdown; she spouts the CYA democrat party line of misdirection and misinformation. Its like she is a Nancy Pelosi/Barney Frank clone. She has no business even discussing a "solution" to the problem that she cannot comprehend.I'm glad Boyda was in Kansas, and not in Washington, the past few days; I wish she would stay here.

KansasVoter 9 years, 5 months ago

I can't believe that so many right-wing nut-jobs read the Lawrence paper. Nancy Boyda obviously won last night's debate with her professional demeanor and Lynn Jenkins only embarrassed herself with her condescending attitude.

Mixolydian 9 years, 5 months ago

According to Boyda, the current credit market crisis is the result of (1) trickle down economics and (2) republican deregulation. BS.The credit market crisis is the result of democrat "trickle up-homeoewnership as a right" economics. People taking out mortgages that they have no business taking out.No one (including Boyda and Obama) has yet pointed to a federal regulation that was in effect and stemming the cause of the current credit market crisis that was subsequenlty repealed (deregulated) by republicans and directly caused what it is we are all experiencing now. What deregulation? On the other hand the congressional record is replete with republican attempts to regulate and get greater oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but were shouted down (to their discredit) by democrats accusing them of "lynching" Franklin Raines.Stop spouting meaningless democratic talking points Boyda.

commonsense08 9 years, 5 months ago

Who paid for Boyda's travel back to KS for a political debate? The Government pays for members of Congress to travel to their district for congressional business, but Boyda said she came back for 36 hours for the debate. I hope she is ethical enough to pay for this trip out of her campaign, but I have my doubts.

jayhawklawrence 9 years, 5 months ago

Jenkins is simply a liar, just like all the Kansas Republicans that we have seen in the news.She is doing a good job of spending the money given to her by the National Republican Party in order to try to unseat someone who is doing an excellent job with a lot passion for the people of Kansas, Nancy Boyda.Jenkins is running on money from the Republican Party because they are scared to death of losing their power and having to give up their tax cuts for the rich. They prefer trickle down economics because the other 95% of us, in their opinion, are not important enough to bother with.

avoice 9 years, 5 months ago

Lynn Jenkins is the definition of the word "smarmy." While agreeing with some of the points she was making, I could not get over my desire to slap that ingratiating smile off her face. She also came across with a heap of sarcasm. By the end of the debate, I was envisioning this maverick-type going into a committee as our representative in Congress, and approaching her colleagues with that sarcastic, know-it-all attitude and smarmy smile. I've also noticed that this is something Sarah Palin does quite often, and that even good old John McCain has become quite testy and combative of late. Truly, if the Republicans have now decided that we need to fill the Capitol with smarm, I'm going to have to opt for the "arrogant" Democrats. While smarmy people may think that talking with finesse and politeness is arrogant, I find that I much prefer the polite, civil approach to making a point over the sarcastic, accusatory approach.

volunteer 9 years, 5 months ago

Jenkins was silly and snarky. Her refusal to answer the simple question about the minimum wage, until pressed by Boyda, made me wonder her how she became a CPA.Jenkins came across as lacking gravitas. She referred to herself as a "free-market girl." That "girl" is not earning my vote.

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