Last night’s debate between Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and Democratic state Sen. Andrew Rice — who’s challenging Inhofe for the U.S. Senate seat — was still available on www.kjrh.com this morning and it’s worth watching. There were some very good questions asked on Iraq, health care, the economy and global warming.
And if there was any doubt before the debate — and there shouldn’t have been — that the election offers a stark choice, well the 45 minutes of answers should have cleared that up.
Inhofe, who famously once referred to global warming as a hoax, asserted that the world is now in a cooling period. Rice said global warming is a serious problem that requires a comprehensive approach.
There were a couple of questions on health care, and people interested in that issue should watch the debate for those answers. It is an issue that the presidential candidates were also asked about, so it’s clearly on the minds of the electorate.
Inhofe pitched Health Savings Accounts and malpratice reform; Rice talked about the state program that uses tobacco tax revenue and Medicaid money to help small businesses provide health care coverage for their employees.
One of the more interesting responses came from Inhofe when asked whether Oklahomans were better off now than they were six years ago. Inhofe said that it depended on when the question was asked; the state had been doing better than most, he said, but now was in a “slump.”
Both Inhofe and Rice opposed the $700 billion rescue plan approved by Congress last week.