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Lally Discusses Issues On SOA

Republican congressional candidate Todd Lally says he believes voters are worried about the growing national debt and will elect leaders next month who will take more decisive action to curb federal spending.

Lally spoke Thursday on WFPL’s “State of Affairs” program.

“We are now carrying $14 trillion of debt, we have never carried that much debt as a nation. It would be one thing to have that much debt but getting strict on spending, but we’re not getting strict on spending. We’re continuing to spend money that we don’t have and our debt is almost 100 percent of our GDP,” he said.

Lally, a UPS pilot and Lt. Colonel in the Air National Guard, is challenging 3rd District Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth. Yarmuth will appear on the program next week.

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Congressional Candidate Todd Lally

In the Third District Congressional race, the poll numbers are mixed and don’t seem helpful: September’s Courier-Journal/WHAS11 Bluegrass poll found 45% of likely voters would cast their ballots for Todd Lally, 47% for incumbent John Yarmuth, percent. More recently, a CN2 Politics poll showed Yarmuth leading 53% to Lally’s 30%, and each side has now launched their first television ads. Whether you’ve already made up your mind or are still doing your research, join us this Thursday when Candidate Todd Lally talks about his platform and takes your questions.

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Yarmuth, Northup Square Off On KET

The candidates for the U.S. House in the Third District held their second face-to-face debate on Kentucky Educational Television Monday night.

Among the issues discussed by Republican challenger Anne Northup and Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth was the war in Iraq.

Yarmuth said the war was a “folly” from the beginning.

“And it remains a folly,” Yarmuth said.   “Not only a folly, it has cost us what will eventually be somewhere in the neighborhood of two to three trillion dollars, it’s cost us thousands of American lives and thousands of lives ruined with serious injuries.    And all it has done is drive terrorists elsewhere, it has empowered Iran to the point where they have never been empowered.”

Northup, who held the congressional seat for ten years before losing to Yarmuth in 2006, said she would not have voted to authorize the invasion of Iraq had she known there were no weapons of mass destruction in the country.

“Everybody thought that they had weapons of mass destruction,” Northup said.   “The previous president, the current president,  members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.   So it was with that chance that weapons of mass destruction could get in the hands of terrorists, whether it was Al Quaida or other terrorists, they certainly were funding terrorists.” 

The two candidates also discussed their differences over the government rescue of the financial sector,  which Yarmuth reluctantly supported.   Northup said she would have voted against the measure.