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I attended the Columbia County Republican debate between Paul Broun and Barry Fleming on June 21, and have to say that I do not agree with the way the debate has been portrayed in the local papers. I was shocked when I saw that The Augusta Chronicle and The Columbia County News-Times were reporting that the debate showed how similar Broun and Fleming are. In my opinion the debate showed the difference between a true eloquent statesman, and someone having a hard time getting his point across.

Before the first words were spoken, the differences between Broun and Fleming could not have been more apparent. Fleming looked very professional, wearing a suit and tie. He could not have looked more like what a congressman should be. In contrast, Broun was wearing an open shirt with no coat or tie. He did not look like what I expect from a congressman. Also, Fleming stood to speak, while Broun did not bother to ever get up from his stool.

More importantly, there was a marked difference in how the two candidates answered the questions. Fleming answered every question that was asked, and could not have been more knowledgeable about the facts. Broun, on the other hand, evaded the questions, choosing instead to list his talking points, whether they pertained to the question asked or not.

I am disappointed to see the mischaracterizations coming from the local newspapers about this debate. Most voters depend on the media to inform them about the candidates. They do the voters a disservice when they simply list candidates' similarities rather than pointing out the differences.

Rebecca Magnotta, Grovetown

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rbk 07/03/08 - 07:38 am
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Did you ever stop to think

Did you ever stop to think that Fleming might be a polished politician and slick lawyer, while Brown might be a down to earth person that is not trying to fool any one?

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LaTwon 07/03/08 - 08:26 am
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another suit. another attack

another suit. another attack dog. another do as i say not as i do
wind up profiteering wind bag. a half truth is a lie and flemings ads are all half truths. desperate pos.

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NotyourDadsBuick 07/03/08 - 10:47 am
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W wears a coat and tie in

W wears a coat and tie in public, but when he opens his mouth it sounds nothing like a president should. Don't put too much stock in appearances, after all, I'd argue that no-vote left-wing Obama looks more presidential than McCain, who just looks old and tired these days. As for the content of Fleming's and Broun's answers, are you sure they answered the questions asked or did they answer without giving an real answer, which is what most pols do. I think, ultimately, they are both very similar in that they want to suck off the teat of society to enrich themselves by being a congressman. Fleming=lemming. Broun=clown. Hehe.

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Augustaleadership 07/04/08 - 06:23 pm
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Fleming seems to have run

Fleming seems to have run this campaign like one of his legal cases, and the more negative he has gotten, the more turned off people have become.

When someone deliberately misconstrues his oppenents position, suit or no suit, it makes you wonder about their character. Does Fleming really believe Broun supports porn, hates veterens, and secretly loves abortion? Fleming has opted for a strategy that is not working it appears. He had a good thing there as Richardson's #2 guy, and I have a feeling he will regret giving it up come July 16th.

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