This is Cyrus Osborn with the LaRocco campaign. I'm here in Lewiston blogging the U.S. Senate debate with Democrat Larry LaRocco, Independent Rex Rammell, and -- for the first time -- Republican Jim Risch. We're glad that, in this 5th debate, Jim Risch finally decided to show up and debate!
I'll be live blogging the debate below. Here we go...
7:30pm: And that's the closing bell! LaRocco is ready to fight for working families, Risch is ready to fight for big oil, and Rammell is ready to take down the U.S. Department of Education.
7:26pm: LaRocco talks to Idahoans; Risch reads from a script.
7:16pm: Rammell calls Risch a conservative, centrist, liberal.
7:11pm: LaRocco wants to create jobs in Idaho and protect our environment. Rammell doesn't buy global warming. Risch doesn't say much.
7:08pm: Risch says we need an energy plan, but he doesn't have one!
7:00pm: Larry is the only candidate with a plan on Iraq and national security... among many other things.
6:58pm: Risch struggles to explain why he snubbed the students at U of I and C of I.
6:53pm: Rammell says U.S. Department of Education is unconstitutional.
6:48pm: LaRocco hits Risch on raising food tax while showing a strong understanding of the farm bill.
6:45pm: Red-on-red assault: Rammell gets nasty on Risch not being a TRUE conservative!
6:42pm: LaRocco speaks truth on his strong record defending North Central Idaho.
6:38pm: Larry brings the rescue package home to Main Street with Simmons Sanitation.
6:33pm: LaRocco is introduced as the only veteran and as the only candidate with federal experience in the race.
6:30pm: LaRocco is on stage looking strong and relaxed.
6:25pm: Coin Toss -- LaRocco's first victory of the night!
Tonight's debate was a HUGE win for Larry! Thanks to all of you for checking out my live blog from Lewiston. We'll post a link to the online video of tonight's debate as soon as we've got it.
Thanks again, and good night from Lewiston!