MARYLAND 08 (D -- VAN HOLLEN) | MD-8

Democrats Debate, But Overlap on Issues

David Anderson was “the lone dissenting voice,” calling Kathleen Matthews and Jamie Raskin part of the political establishment.

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Jack Fitzpatrick
Nov. 19, 2015, 10:23 a.m.

“On the is­sues, the only ma­jor dif­fer­ences between six of the sev­en Demo­crat­ic primary can­did­ates at Tues­day even­ing’s 8th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict for­um were in de­gree, not kind. Dels. Ku­mar P. Barve (D) and Ana Sol-Gu­ti­er­rez (D), state Sen. Jam­ie B. Raskin (D), former news an­chor Kath­leen Mat­thews (D), former White House aide Will Jawando (D), and ex-State De­part­ment of­fi­cial Joel Ru­bin (D) all sup­por­ted an ag­gress­ive re­sponse to the at­tacks in Par­is, but only in con­cert with al­lies. They de­plored Mary­land Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) re­quest that the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment bar Syr­i­an refugees from set­tling in the state, and they called for a hu­mane path to cit­izen­ship for all im­mig­rants on U.S. soil.

“… The lone dis­sent­ing voice was Dav­id An­der­son (D), an aca­dem­ic and edu­ca­tion non­profit ex­ec­ut­ive, who said Mat­thews and Raskin ‘rep­res­ent an es­tab­lish­ment or­tho­doxy’ that fa­vors work­ing par­ents at the ex­pense of those who choose to stay at home.”

Raskin “brought the biggest rhet­or­ic­al flour­ish to the table. He called the Is­lam­ic State ‘a ter­ror­ist death cult that has set it­self to war against all civil­iz­a­tion’ and called cli­mate change ‘the en­tire con­text in which we have to make every oth­er de­cision.’”

Mat­thews’s “pitch was heav­ily gender-based, fea­tur­ing the rol­lout of a ‘wo­men’s agenda’ to sup­port le­gis­la­tion pending in Con­gress. Mat­thews said she would fight for pas­sage of a bill — sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gil­librand (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa De­Lauro (D-CT) — provid­ing up to 12 weeks of paid fam­ily and med­ic­al leave.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

BARVE WEB AD TELLS GRAND­FATH­ER’S STORY OF IM­MIG­RA­TION. Barve re­leased a web ad about his grand­fath­er’s leg­al fight to re­tain his cit­izen­ship, which went to the U.S. Su­preme Court. In the ad, Barve says that today, “im­mig­rants are still be­ing at­tacked,” as the ad shows clips of real es­tate mogul Don­ald Trump (R), re­tired neurosur­geon Ben Car­son (R), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). (Wash­ing­ton Post)

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