Jim Oberstar and Chip Cravaack Debate
Candidates trade barbs over Obamacare, cap-and-trade.
4:55 PM, Oct 19, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
At 8 a.m. this morning, more than 1,800 people showed up for a congressional debate in Duluth, Minnesota between 18-term Democrat Jim Oberstar and his Republican opponent Chip Cravaack, a former Navy pilot and Northwest Airlines pilot. Cravaack said his first priority would be scrapping Obamacare, while Oberstar defended the national health care law:
Oberstar mocked some Cravaack supporters at the debate, calling global warming skeptics members of the "flat earth society." Ed Morrissey has more on the debate here.
Oberstar generally wins reelection with more than 65% of the vote, but he may be in trouble this time around. An internal GOP poll showed a tight race, and Oberstar only had one donor from his district last quarter. Oberstar, the former co-chair of the pro-life caucus, has lost the endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee for supporting Obamacare. The NRLC's political director says: "Chip Cravaack is firmly committed to repealing the anti-life provisions of the pro-abortion, pro-rationing Obama health care law passed by Congress in March – a law that Jim Oberstar voted for and helped enact."