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Senator Feinstein Walks Out of TV Interview Over Question About Why She Won’t Debate Opponent
The Blaze ^ | 09/09/2012 | Mike Opelka

Posted on 09/09/2012 7:37:35 AM PDT by taildragger

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is up for re-election in November and her main opposition comes from Republican candidate Elizabeth Emken. While Emken would like to debate the three-term senator, Feinstein has rejected the idea.

The Los Angeles Times thinks it is a good idea for the candidates to face off publicly. Last summer, after Emken won the Republican nomination, the Times published an editorial in favor of a debate:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein had an excuse for not debating her opponents in the first round of this year’s election — there were 23 of them. But now that the voters have winnowed the field to two, the four-term Democratic incumbent owes it to California’s voters to appear publicly with Republican challenger Elizabeth Emke

(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: californa; debate; senate

1 posted on 09/09/2012 7:37:44 AM PDT by taildragger
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To: taildragger
Look at the Chart in the article. Di-Fi is barely above 50% while the undecided vote is in the 20% range while her challenger is in the mid 30's...

Folks IMHO this is do-able. Any incumbent on the 50% bubble is in trouble, and no one knows her challenger.

Di-Fi is doing this because she probably has internals with an anti-incumbent bent....

This could be the "Scott Brown" race of 2012 IMHO....

2 posted on 09/09/2012 7:41:23 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: taildragger

Sounds like Kerry: “Do you know who I am?”


3 posted on 09/09/2012 7:44:48 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: taildragger

She is a good candidate against the gun grabbing Billionairess. Old Commies hate the light of truth.


4 posted on 09/09/2012 7:45:04 AM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers.....)
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To: taildragger

IOW, unwilling to debate unwillingness to debate


5 posted on 09/09/2012 7:50:46 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: nhwingut
"Sounds like Kerry: “Do you know who I am?”

Didn't John Kerry serve in Viet Nam?

LOL

6 posted on 09/09/2012 7:50:57 AM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: taildragger
Feinstein has rejected the idea.

She believes she's "entitled." She'd a democrat.

7 posted on 09/09/2012 7:51:30 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: taildragger

“What are ya’, chicken? Bwaak! Bwaaaaaak!!”


8 posted on 09/09/2012 7:51:42 AM PDT by pingman ("Human history seems logical in afterthought, but a mystery in forethought." (Strauss & Howe))
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To: taildragger

Feinstein is financed out the yin-yang. And by yin-yang, I mean her hubby is well connected to the Chinese.

A far cry from the boob Martha Coakley who thought the (D) next to her name would be an automatic win against Scott Brown.

If Elizabeth beats Dianne, it’ll be a much, much bigger deal than Scott Brown’s win, imo.


9 posted on 09/09/2012 7:53:57 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: concerned about politics; All

Entitled my arse, We need to post the video on our FB page(s) and get the word out via that and E-Mails to friends. spread the word...


10 posted on 09/09/2012 7:54:39 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: taildragger
Just another parasite DemoRat sucking the lifeblood out of Taxifornia. She will not debate, because, like Obama, she has accomplished nothing for her constituency -- Taxifornia is sinking fast.
11 posted on 09/09/2012 7:55:11 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: taildragger

Forget it! This is California. Feinstein will win in a walk.


12 posted on 09/09/2012 7:58:31 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: taildragger

The GOP had the option of running Larry Elder against Boxer two years ago;they opted for Fiorina instead. Feinstein will get away with declining to debate. The GOP has no apparent interest in winning California.


13 posted on 09/09/2012 7:59:16 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: taildragger

The chief problem is the weakness of her opponent. If the California GOP had it together enough to put up formidable candidates, they might win some seats.


14 posted on 09/09/2012 7:59:23 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: taildragger

She doesn’t debate with peasants.


15 posted on 09/09/2012 8:04:28 AM PDT by stboz
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To: proxy_user
The chief problem is the weakness of her opponent. If the California GOP had it together enough to put up formidable candidates, they might win some seats.

But I have seen this before, (up front and personal) put up a young upstart against a bull in the House or Senate. Make them spend effort and money to keep her seat. The down-ticket wins are amazing....

16 posted on 09/09/2012 8:04:56 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: taildragger

I have noticed that Di-Fi has shaded a little to the center on several issues this year, I think that I smell why. Nonetheless any state that re-elects a twit like Senator (don’t call me Ma’am) Boxer by 10% will have no problem in swallowing the ‘slightly’ less idiotic Dianne Feinstein!

If there is any danger of a loss, there will be an October surprise, remember Nicky Diaz Santillan? She was the ‘victim housekeeper’ trotted out by Gloria Alred to smear Jerry Brown’s GOP opponent, Meg Whitman at this time in 2010. It was not that this woman provided false documents, it was that Ms Whitman may have known she was illegal.

Strange that she has disappeared from the news since the election ... /s


17 posted on 09/09/2012 8:05:02 AM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: taildragger
Strom Thurmond refused to even mention the names of, much less agree to debate, his many opponents and he was reelected a million times (a small exaggeration).

DiFi knew Ol Strom.

18 posted on 09/09/2012 8:05:21 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Who needs Michelle? The MSM keep Obama satisfied.")
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To: taildragger
Elizabeth Emken, why wouldn't Feinstein want to be seen standing next to her?

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19 posted on 09/09/2012 8:07:30 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (That which cannot be paid, won't be paid.)
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To: MulberryDraw
NOT guilty !
20 posted on 09/09/2012 8:11:53 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: MulberryDraw; All
Yes I can see why....and over on the Blaze people are recommending she have a debate with "an Empty Chair".....

Priceless, she ought to do it in a press conference setting and post it on you-tube.

It would get under Di-Fi's wrinkly old skin...

21 posted on 09/09/2012 8:12:54 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: taildragger

Must have been “that time of the month” wait....she’s too old...it must be “that time of the month” everyday.


22 posted on 09/09/2012 8:13:53 AM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Feinstein could beat up Bill Cosby on TV and win California. California is a total loss.


23 posted on 09/09/2012 8:14:42 AM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: taildragger
she doesn't have time for any stupid debate. She's much too busy doing the people........eeerr... doing the people's business
24 posted on 09/09/2012 8:17:04 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: taildragger

Are you kidding? It’s Kalifornia, land of Barbara Boxer, aka Barbara Bouncer, and Governor Moonbeam. There ain’t no way.


25 posted on 09/09/2012 8:23:36 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: taildragger

That’s one arrogant senator. She even gave him a dog-pat before she left.


26 posted on 09/09/2012 8:30:09 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: tomkat
No need to wait for Laz to weigh in...

He'd hit it....twice!

27 posted on 09/09/2012 8:31:15 AM PDT by M-cubed
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To: MulberryDraw

Bacon


28 posted on 09/09/2012 8:46:03 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (We were the tea party before there was a tea party. - Jim Robinson)
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To: taildragger
Nothing screams “entrenched incumbent” more than a refusal to debate an opponent.

This from the LA Times?!!?
Woah! A pig just flew into my yard!

29 posted on 09/09/2012 8:50:37 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Obama A man without an American mission.)
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To: taildragger

If Dianne Feinstein was as certain she’d be re-elected as everyone else seems to be, there’s no reason she wouldn’t agree to a debate. She’s panicking, and for good reason.

When the results were in for California’s June 5th non-partisan Senate primary, in which the top two vote-getters got the right to face each other in November, Dianne Feinstein received only 49.3 percent of the vote. The majority of California voters voted against her.

With Elizabeth Emke’s poll numbers now in the mid-30s, and 20 percent undecided, an Emke victory is doable. But even if she doesn’t win, a close race, for example, 40% Emke, 45% Feinstein, and 15% undecided would send Democrats panicking and flooding precious campaign dollars into California.

Dianne Feinstein’s refusal to debate is the best news of the week.


30 posted on 09/09/2012 8:51:18 AM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: taildragger

debate is beneath her..


31 posted on 09/09/2012 8:52:22 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Bluestocking

GUillotines from orbit ... it’s the only way


32 posted on 09/09/2012 8:54:37 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: SES1066

SES1066, please add Nancy Polesi (Syrian Prez Assad’s old buddy), Fortney (Pete) Stark, Maxine Waters (let’s give my hubby’s bank more money), all of the idiots in Sacramento, and a few others to the list of why California is bankrupt, morally and financially.


33 posted on 09/09/2012 9:04:06 AM PDT by jayrunner
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To: jayrunner

Dont forget Henry
Waxman


34 posted on 09/09/2012 9:12:41 AM PDT by JoanneSD
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To: taildragger

This old bat should hang it up. At this point she likes being a US Senator for getting her arse kissed. Every US Senator gets treated like a king in DC


35 posted on 09/09/2012 9:18:32 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: MulberryDraw
Elizabeth Emken, why wouldn't Feinstein want to be seen standing next to her?

I don’t understand the reluctance to be seen standing the reluctance to be seen next to this obviously intelligent woman. It would be my pleasure to be seen with this woman.

Hubba, hubba!!

36 posted on 09/09/2012 9:26:11 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Bluestocking

Post of the day.... Thank you!!!


37 posted on 09/09/2012 9:35:39 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: MulberryDraw

Feinstein knows shes dumb as a stump, but she knows her constituents are just as blind, why would she do it?

They want free treats, she feeds them.

She might die in office like KKK Byrd, Who pretty much did the same things


38 posted on 09/09/2012 9:37:35 AM PDT by reefdiver (zer0 One and Done)
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To: Bluestocking; taildragger
If Dianne Feinstein was as certain she’d be re-elected as everyone else seems to be, there’s no reason she wouldn’t agree to a debate.

Actually the fact that she is sure of a win is why she won’t debate.

A secure incumbent has no reason to debate and every reason not to debate.

A secure incumbent can only be damaged in a debate by saying something stupid the only candidate in a debate with something to win is the challenger.

The challenger can say something impressive or can embarrass the incumbent. The incumbent can do these things but even if they do they were going to win anyway.

The only incumbent that has anything to gain in a debate with a challenger is one that is truly threatened or already weakened by something they said or did.

39 posted on 09/09/2012 9:41:10 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Pontiac

Nobody knows her opponent and she can stay in DC and still win.

Poster girl for term limits.


40 posted on 09/09/2012 9:44:04 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: taildragger

a once vibrant state will be represented by her ‘til the day she dies in office.. and the milking of the gubamint by her hubby’s firms and her own actions in office will continue.. at least she won’t have to be packing a piece or debating.


41 posted on 09/09/2012 9:48:19 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: morphing libertarian
What can we do to change that?

Where is the republican drive to get Emken's name and face out there?

42 posted on 09/09/2012 9:49:39 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: taildragger

The opposition should call for a debate and place a cardboard cutout of Feinstein at the podium.

Maybe the cutout would govern better than the real thing...


43 posted on 09/09/2012 9:52:10 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: taildragger

**** you little people.

I’m a big important member of the American Left.

Now why don’t you go pay your taxes? Your government is broke.

/sarc(??????)


44 posted on 09/09/2012 9:56:04 AM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: going hot

I hadn’t heard of her until this thread.

The CA republican party is a joke.


45 posted on 09/09/2012 9:56:13 AM PDT by desertfreedom765
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To: going hot

I like the idea of buying TV time and bill it as a debate. Ask the repub questions regarding Feinstein’s votes and positions and show an empty chair. 30 minutes would do the trick. Post on you tube.


46 posted on 09/09/2012 9:58:41 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: desertfreedom765
Maybe there are issues with her purity?

Maybe she passed gas in a public meeting, or was seen with spinach stuck between her teeth.

47 posted on 09/09/2012 10:01:06 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: morphing libertarian
Better yet, use actual clips of Di Fi adressing the questions, with her usual smarmy way, and contra to what she says while campaigning, typical lib.

Actally, extra ordinary lib is more like it.

48 posted on 09/09/2012 10:04:32 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: MulberryDraw; CAluvdubya
Elizabeth Emken, why wouldn't Feinstein want to be seen standing next to her?


49 posted on 09/09/2012 10:14:11 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Slyfox

Di-Fi, that old bag should be fired and be permitted to enjoy her remaining years in retirement. It would be good for the country.


50 posted on 09/09/2012 10:19:09 AM PDT by CORedneck
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