Widener Law Hosts Debate Between Candidates for U.S. Representative from Delaware
Web Editor - Published: October 15, 2008
On Tuesday, October 14th, Widener Law’s Delaware Campus hosted a live debate between incumbent Mike Castle and challenger Karen Hartley-Nagle, the candidates for U.S. Representative from Delaware. WDEL 1150 AM News Talk Radio aired the debate live from the Ruby R. Vale Moot Court Room from 8:00 to 9:30 AM.

Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons offered a short welcome to open the debate, saying, “We are pleased once again to partner with 1150 AM WDEL in the spirit of public service to bring you this debate. With the state of our economy and world affairs in general so unstable at this moment, this is indeed a pivotal time for Delaware voters. We thank both Karen Hartley-Nagle and Representative Mike Castle for being here today to share their positions on the critical issues we face. I also want to express appreciation for the journalists joining us this morning and to thank them for representing the voice of the people as they ask their questions. To everyone listening over the radio or watching online, welcome. Widener Law is glad to have you with us today.”

The debate covered a wide range of topics, but much of the discussion centered on the nation’s current economic woes. Representative Castle acknowledged that the bailout package was not a perfect solution, but suggested that the package that was finally passed should help with economic recovery. He noted his own involvement in making changes to the original bailout package to make it more palatable, including limiting golden parachutes for outgoing executives of failing financial companies. Karen Hartley-Nagle said that she would not have supported either bailout package and suggested that any solution should have offered more protections for the people on “Main Street”.

The candidates also discussed efforts to deepen the Delaware River shipping channel, the situation in Iraq, the potential expansion of NATO to include the Ukraine and Georgia, the standing of the United States in the world, the potential impact of the Presidential election on Roe v. Wade, and nuclear proliferation. Senator Castle put an emphasis on his ability and willingness to work across party lines, saying of whichever ticket wins the Presidential election, “I don’t care what their political affiliation is we need to make the decision that is best for this country.” He noted his long record of service as Governor of Delaware and as the state’s U.S Representative and his record as a centrist as reasons he should be reelected. Karen Hartley-Nagle talked about her record of creating jobs and her service as director of the Nagle Foundation, and suggested that she has the vision necessary to serve in Congress.

WDEL 1150 AM morning news anchor Peter MacArthur served as the moderator for the debate while a panel made up of local journalists Allan Loudell of 1150 AM WDEL and Mark Nardone of Delaware Today magazine asked questions of the candidates.

Election day is Tuesday, November 4th.