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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lien, Herseth Sandlin Debate Abortion, Other Issues

Some good coverage from the Rapid City Journal on last night's debate between Republican U.S. House candidate Chris Lien and Democrat incumbent Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.

One of the topics discussed was abortion:

Lien said abortion issues should be left to the discretion of states, not the federal government. Adding that he staunchly opposes abortion, Lien said the ballot measure contains precautions that some feel are proper, including exceptions in instances of rape, to prevent serious health problems and to save a woman's life.

Herseth Sandlin said the proposal is ambiguous and should be rejected because it will interfere with women's private decisions, adding that the government should not meddle in medicine.


Unfortunately the government already meddled in medicine when a group of unelected judges in 1973 took it upon themselves to create law--a role reserved to the legislative branch only--and endorse this barbaric practice.

There was something they could both agree on, though:
Herseth Sandlin and Lien both decried the bailout and said tougher oversight must be exercised over the financial sector.

One clarification, though: the tougher oversight needs to be where government is also already meddling in the private financial sector. You know, areas like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government entities that the Democrats insisted be allowed to run free like a fox in a henhouse.


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