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Greatest Hits from Thursday's IL-13 Debate: "That's Career Politician Speak for Don't Look Too Close"


Sunday, October 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, IL – In case you missed Thursday's lively debate between Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and Rodney Davis in Illinois' 13th Congressional District, here are a few telling highlights:

  • Betsy Dirksen Londrigan called out Davis' pre-existing conditions distortions as "career politician speak for don't look too close." The comment followed the congressman glossing over the impact of the health care bill he supported last year, the AHCA, on health care affordability for those with pre-existing conditions. Along those lines, don't miss the debate hosts' fact-check of the Davis health care claims.

  • Davis was actually fact-checked by a moderator in the middle of the debate on taxes. After he claimed that 88% of the GOP tax bill's cost (which was nearly $2 trillion) has already returned to the federal government, IL Public Media's Managing Editor Brian Moline -- citing the Congressional Budget Office -- followed up with, "I'm not sure where you're getting that 88% figure, but it's not scoring from the research I've done." At which point Davis asserted that the Congressional Budget Office is mistaken...about the budget.

  • Londrigan took Davis to task over his lack of accessibility to constituents and reluctance to meet with people who disagree with him, saying that kind of attitude contributes to obstructionism in Washington. The debate ended with Londrigan's statement, "I counter that that's how we make progress, by meeting with people who we don't always agree with, and figuring it out together."

For more, watch the full debate here.

This debate comes after a week of momentum for the Betsy Dirksen Londrigan campaign. Londrigan outraised Davis by nearly $1 million last quarter, polls show the race virtually tied, and Londrigan was endorsed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch because of her political independence and the fact that she is "more likely to march to her own drum."