On September 10, 2008, at the Rancocas Valley Regional High School auditorium, a political debate amongst two Congress candidates was held. Democratic hopeful John Adler discussed many topics with Republican opponent Chris Myers. One of the two is soon to be elected to New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. The debate, which lasted over an hour, covered topics from the United States and its economic woes to health care for veterans.
Adler, the father of current East student Alex Adler (’09), had the first opening statement.
“This country is great, but it could be so much greater,” said Adler, who is currently a New Jersey State Senator.
Myers, the current Medford mayor, opening statement was well-put, as the former naval officer told the crowd about his background.
The debate continued, with some personal punches and jabs included, as the candidates discussed several hot topics.
“The best thing we can do about treating [Traumatic Brain Injury] is ending the war in Iraq,” said Adler.
Meanwhile, Myers asserted his military experience.
“I’ve seen evil up close…I do not want another attack on the United States,” said Myers.
The night continued with discussions about the loss of jobs, tax cuts and the high rate of veteran unemployment.
Economics was an important topic that was also debated.
“It’s sickening to me that we’re turning our back on the middle class”, said Adler.
Myers added, during his turn, “We’ve got to focus on cutting taxes.”
The debate gave voters an idea of the candidates’ views on several important topics that will be the subject of the upcoming elections in November.