Snap: Seniors flock to a Hurt-free debate
It was a packed house at the Senior Center on Wednesday as the Senior Statesmen of Virginia hosted the Fifth Congressional District Candidates Showcase–- although the only signs of Republican candidate Robert Hurt were the stickers worn by his supporters. Congressman Tom Perriello and independent candidate Jeffrey Clark (the ostensible reason for Hurt's absence) noted the conspicuous absence in their opening remarks, and both vowed to continue waging a healthy, respectful race to Washington. The forum, moderated by WINA radio host Coy Barefoot, took questions from the audience for an hour, and hit upon such topics as the national budget, Afghanistan, and Social Security. Both Perriello and Clark emphasized the need for voter participation, urging the audience to hold Congress accountable for the rising deficit and shaky economy. "We need people to stop hiding behind party labels or sound bites," Perriello said.