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Loud crowd in Sequim for only Dicks-Cloud debate

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Oct. 14, 2010 at 9:56 am |
October 20, 2010 6:57 pm

It may have been in a remote corner of the 6th District – Sequim. But that didn’t stop a sizable and lively crowd from turning up for a debate between Congressman Norm Dicks and challenger Doug Cloud. The forum – possibly the only head-to-head meeting between the two – attracted 250-300 and was punctuated by “jeers, clapping and boos” according to reporter Paul Gottlieb of the Peninsula Daily News.

Here’s an account of the exchange.

It was … a day for Dicks, who lives in Belfair, and Cloud, a Tacoma attorney who lives in Gig Harbor, to differ face to face before a lively audience.

With Cloud’s words often cheered and clapped – despite moderator Cathy Claney’s admonition against such demonstrations and her threat to cut the debate short – Cloud said he wanted to “change this country and change the world” and urged dependence more on individual initiative.

“I intend to try to get this country moving again to get out of the habit of looking to sugar daddies in Washington,” he said, frequently referring to Dicks as Norm.

Dicks pointed to his experience as a long-term member of Congress and what that has done for his constituents, and said his clout could grow.

He predicted he would become the chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee if he is re-elected and if his party stays as the House majority.

Dicks told of his work on salmon restoration, said the tear-down of the Elwha River dams – which is to begin next September – will bring needed jobs to the area and criticized Cloud for wanting to shut down the federal departments of Education and Energy, which he said could affect jobs at Battelle Marine Science Lab in Sequim and the generation of new alternative-energy jobs nationwide.

Cloud said vital functions in those agencies could be absorbed by other federal agencies and that his proposal made him the candidate with ideas on how to fight the federal deficit, expected to exceed $1.4 trillion this year.

Read the full story at the Peninsula Daily News site.

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