A 5/8 debate "was lively and largely aimed" across party lines as 7 of the 8 candidates "faced off." The exception was atty Adam Cote (D), who "broke ranks" on issues like health care and Iraq. Concerning Iraq, the Dems called for immediate withdrawal -- except for Cote, a military veteran of both Iraq and Bosnia. He said he "was firmly committed" to ending the war, but "urged a 'detailed plan to avoid a humanitarian crisis.'" Dems, again with the exception of Cote, "favored a single-payer" health care system. Ex-state Rep. Michael Brennan (D) pointed to the state's Dirigo plan as an example of a single payer system that worked. Businessman Dean Scontras (R) challenged Dirigo's effectiveness and at one point "said Brennan was not 'from the state of Maine, but the state of denial'" (Kanak, Seacoastonline.com, 5/8).
This article appears in the May 9, 2008, edition of House Race Hotline.