By Len Kiese - bio | emailOctober 20, 2008
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The three Georgia candidates for U.S. Senate faced off in the WALB studios.
WALB-TV hosted a debate Monday afternoon between Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss, Democrat Jim Martin and Libertarian Allen Buckley.
The candidates answered questions about everything from healthcare to the economy and fighting for Georgia's water. Response to the recent $700 billion bailout vote kicked off the debate.
"At the end of the day, we got the protections that we wanted and this was the best route to go at the time and I have confidence that over time, it'll work," said Chambliss.
"The problem with this bailout is that it doesn't solve the problem that got us into this situation in the first place," said Martin.
"The liquidity needs are and were real and there really was a credit crisis but something different should have been done," said Buckley.
All three candidates agreed something should be done to fix the economy. They also gave their stance on the possibility of a second economic stimulus package.
"Is it the right thing to do now? We need to look at everything. Everything needs to be on the table because the economy is in a crisis," said Chambliss.
"Somebody needs to be focusing on middle-class Georgians and helping them keep their jobs and having money to pay their bills. Those are things a stimulus package would address," said Martin.
"I would be against another stimulus package," said Buckley, "this is another thing that's not paid for, more debt."
Candidates debated for an hour in the WALB studios with questions from three panelists. At times there were heated exchanges between the three.
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