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Lindy Scott (Chicago IL-06) Debate Write Up

Lindy Scott, who is running for the Chicago IL-06 Congressional seat, had one of the first debates with his Democratic opponent this week.

I focus on excerpts about Lindy's positions specifically, because (as I've said before) I think he frames his responses well and I think we as Christians in the Democratic party can learn a lot from this campaign...especially on issues such as abortion, school prayer, etc..which are typically "wedge issues" used against us. I think Scott does a good job responding to these issues in ways that I believe come accross as both Biblically grounded, and politically progressive.

A campaign very worth watching and supporting.

The whole write up is here, and the Daily Herald also has a review...



6th Congressional Democratic Candidate Forum Last Night

At last night's DuPage Democracy for Illinois 6th Congressional Democratic Candidate Forum, Lindy Scott may have faced two of the toughest questions, about his stance on abortion and his view on religion and public life (public school prayer, Ten Commandments displays in public buildings, etc.), but it would be a mistake to think Christine Cegelis also didn't have something to prove. Looking out at many new faces inspired by the Scott campaign among the 80 Forum attendees, Cegelis had to demonstrate a sensitivity to religious beliefs, one that either candidate will need against the Republican candidate Peter Roskam in a district with a substantial conservative voting block. In the end the established Democratic front runner Cegelis and her remaining Democratic challenger Scott both presented themselves admirably...

Background, Emphasis and the Economy

In response to a question...about which congressional committees the candidates wanted serve on, Lindy Scott said he would seek International Relations and Immigration...Scott tended to emphasize things like immigration policies and the ill-effects of NAFTA (and CAFTA) for workers here and in Mexico, where NAFTA displaced over a million Mexican farmers who lost their ability to farm, causing them to seek work elsewhere, including illegally in the United States.

Energy Policy

Scott emphasized tax incentives directly tied to energy efficiency of vehicles, scaling the incentive to the amount of efficiency. He pointed out that while in Florida he drove an American-built electric car that had been made in the 1960s - and that still ran quite well. A Detroit car manufacturer bought the patent for this electric car and sat on it, producing nothing. Scott suggested the lack of innovation by Detroit, making us dependent on oil and gas, is much of what harms us today, making us dependent on oil.

Public School Prayer

Lindy Scott emphasized that the problem with such organized public school prayer was who would lead it and what prayers would be given? In a country of many faiths agreement, he suggested, could not be generally found. Instead in this, and related questions, Scott suggested that personal faith was sincere, appropriate and less open to hypocrisy than government established professions and demonstrations of faith.

Abortion

Lindy, who described himself as "unashamedly pro-life" and is a member of Democrats for Life, suggested that overturning Roe v. Wade was the wrong approach because it simply made abortion a class issue - those who could afford to travel to states where it was legal could get abortions, and those who could not afford such travel would not. He suggested the need for better support for women, and pointed out that during the Clinton years abortion went down in part because of a growing economy. According to Scott the key for making headway on the abortion issue is to find areas of common ground between the pro-life and pro-choice positions and work to achieve the common goal of reducing abortions."
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