There was enough good stuff about David Rouzer in just one Star-News article to get the GOP congressional candidate elected -- even if nothing else was ever printed or broadcast on television.
In this article, we will present just a bit of the cannon fodder, which will surely show up in Rouzer television commercials for the rest of the campaign cycle. That would be a real plus for the confident conservative challenger. The comments were recorded by political writer Patrick Gannon, who covered the first Rouzer/McIntyre debate this week at WECT-TV studios.
Pat didn't try to slant his article, although he seemed at times to be struggling to create the impression that McIntyre had a good night. He didn't. The sixteen-year congressional fixture (Sixteen? Really? That many?) was fidgety, jumpy, rattled, rude, and retreading information that could have easily been lifted from the Democrat's strange campaigns of 2008 and 2010.
But let's cut to the chase. These comments -- mostly verbatim excerpts from the debate dialogue -- are mainly Rouzer pronouncements. They depict a confident candidate, aware that the momentum is shifting his way, staying on message and sending spot-on torpedoes into the sides of the listing McIntyre battlewagon.
Excerpts from the Star-News dated Saturday, September 29, 2012:
He claimed McIntyre has never been the primary sponsor of a House bill that has been passed into law. Rouzer's campaign sent out a release after the debate saying he (Rouzer) sponsored 17 bills passed in the General Assembly, including regulatory reform legislation.
Republicans have repeatedly targeted McIntyre's stimulus vote in television ads. Rouzer said he didn't believe the stimulus has helped. "Less spending and lower taxes create jobs, not more spending, and that's a fundamental difference," Rouzer said.
McIntyre soon revisited the statement, saying while there are positive signs, "we all know that more needs to be done to help those seeking a job, who are underemployed or are struggling to stay in their home."
The only other joint appearance of the two candidates is expected to be taped at WRAL in Raleigh early next week and aired at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 on the station's "On the Record" program. It will also be available at WRAL.com. Both sides agreed to do only the two TV debates, so most voters won't get to see the candidates in person before the election. The election is Nov. 6, and early voting begins Oct. 18.
Patrick Gannon: (919) 854-6115On Twitter: @StarNewsPat
WATCH FOR OUR CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THIS EPIC BRAWL FOR THE POLITICAL SOUL OF THE SEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, INCLUDING OUR EXCLUSIVE STORY DEVELOPED AROUND CANDIDATE DAVID ROUZER'S VISIT SATURDAY TO THE NEW HANOVER COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY VICTORY OFFICE IN WILMINGTON.