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Britt Aasmundstad, Published October 23 2010

Pomeroy ducked debate questions

I took in the live debate for the U.S. House race on Oct. 11 at the Fargo Holiday Inn. The debate was sponsored by the North Dakota Broadcasters Association and moderated by Jim Shaw, president of the association.

Shaw’s moderation was much more controlling due to the rudeness of the last debate, which was appreciated. Both candidates kept to their usual talking points.

Unsurprisingly, Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., would not answer the question as to why he supported the health care bill without holding a single meeting with his constituents. As in the last debate, he failed at distracting us with other trivial tidbits, none of which can hold a candle to the weight of a complete national health care overhaul.

I, along with the rest of North Dakota, was furious that he didn’t listen to us before he voted on this bill. To add insult, he actually thinks he can get away with it come November. We’re smarter than that, Earl. We’ll prove it on Nov. 2.