Incumbent Patrick Murphy and challenger Carl Domino, candidates for the U.S. congressional 18th District seat, appeared on WPTV’s “To The Point” on Channel 5 hosted by Michael Williams on Sunday, October 26, 2014 in their televised from start to finish debate which can be described as poca a poca (little by little) no gusto.
As with many debates in the past from presidential, gubernatorial to local, physical appearance on stage (optics) and body language speaks volumes to voters that sometimes must split hairs to make their final decision to support. Observing the two contenders for the U.S Congress Representative seat for District 18 was as viewing a scene from “Of Mice and Men” (a novel written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck). While congressman Murphy was sitting squarely in his seat facing the TV audience head on very robustly and in command, Domino’s seat was slanted to a side view of him and gave the appearance of slouching in his chair; Domino did not have sparks of someone on fire to go to Washington but more of one already retiring from Washington (and Republicans apparently cannot do without their water bottles in the midst of a performance).
While not a very rousing display of political prowess, the two candidates had some interesting discussions that gave voters some insight on each candidate’s views and strengths on issues such as immigration where Domino said he could see a guest worker program operating and Murphy saying no to amnesty which reveals there is a great deal of work that must be done by both Republicans and Democrats to bring about a substantial comprehensive immigration package where at this point everything is on the table. In a moment of displaying moxie, Domino congratulated congressman Murphy on his environmental efforts on the water clean-up in south Florida securing major funds to help Florida get the clean-up and filtering done; All Aboard Florida is a “NO” for both candidates. Domino says to repeal then fix healthcare, Murphy says just improve it as efforts are underway through amendments to make changes for improvement of the ACA (Obamacare).
Asked by host Michael Williams of “To The Point” what grade each candidate would give on the Ebola Crisis to President Obama, Domino immediately said “F” while Murphy said “INCOMPLETE” as the President is still assessing, evaluating and working as he moves forward securing answers and solutions.
It is said and believed by some that Patrick Murphy won his first term as District 18 representative by default in an effort to stop Allen West, Republican product of the Tea Party. This time, if Murphy loses, it will be a vengeance vote or retaliation by Republicans against President Obama.