State of Delaware Archives: on Principles & Values


John Carney: Delawareans are willing to chip in and help, if all do

I know that all of you in the General Assembly are tired of sitting here year after year talking about how we can climb out of another budget hole. Some things are beyond our control, but this one is not. It's within our power to put ourselves on a more sustainable financial footing. My budget does that, and I look forward to working with each of you on your ideas to do the same. What I will not do is use budget gimmicks or one-time fixes to bail us out, only to be right back here next year giving the same speech.

At our budget town hall in Milford, a gentleman stood up and said to me, "As long as government's cutting costs and doing more with less, I'm willing to pay a little bit more. But it's got to be a fair trade."

I heard this sentiment echoed up and down the state. Delawareans are willing to chip in and help with our budget problem, as long as their neighbors are asked to do the same. My budget is built on this principle of shared sacrifice.

Source: 2017 Delaware State of the State address Mar 30, 2017

Jack Markell: Religious tolerance is cornerstone of US value system

The recognition of the discriminatory sins of prior generations presents an opportunity to reflect on whether we have learned history's lessons--whether we are living up to our core values of opportunity & equality for all people. The suggestion by some that one's eligibility to enter this country should be subject to a religious test represents a dangerous path. Because while racial and religious tolerance may not always have been our history, that is the future in which we want our children to live.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Delaware legislature Jan 21, 2016

Jack Markell: Unleashing the potential in every Delawarean

Years from now--after the roads have been built; after today's kindergartners have retired from jobs we helped create; after our cities thrive and our waters run clean; the people of Delaware may not remember us by name. But they will know that our focus was to unleash the potential of every Delawarean.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Delaware legislature Jan 23, 2014

Tom Carper: We need bridge-builders in Washington

Carper, the incumbent, said he has worked across the aisle to accomplish things in Delaware. "We need bridge-builders in Washington," Carper said. "We need leaders who don't build themselves up by tearing other people down."
Source: Cape Gazette on 2012 Delaware Senate debate Oct 19, 2012

Kevin Wade: Sen. Carper accepts Wade's 10-debate challenge

Incumbent Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) publicly agreed to debate challenger Kevin Wade (R) 10 times in the coming 7 weeks before election day at Thursday night's Candidate Forum, hosted by Hadassah and the Jewish Community Center in North Wilmington.

Wade issued public statements in May and a written request to Carper's campaign in July asking the senator for "10 or 20 debates" across Delaware. Carper is now in his second term as a U.S. Senator and previously served as State Treasurer, as Delaware's U.S. Congressman, and as Governor. When Carper campaigned against then-Senator William Roth in 2000, they engaged in several statewide debates that Carper called "the Delaware way," setting a precedent that Wade seeks to exploit in un-seating Carper. Neither Carper nor his campaign office acknowledged Wade's debate challenge until last night's forum in North Wilmington.

Source: Examiner.com on 2012 Delaware Senate debate Sep 14, 2012

Kevin Wade: Challenges Carper to twenty Senate debates

Kevin Wade, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, is challenging Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) to a series of "twenty debates or thirty debates" in the upcoming campaign. He issued the challenge on WDEL radio Friday afternoon.

Wade said that Carper challenged then-incumbent senator William V. Roth (R-DE) to a series of twenty debates statewide in 2000. Carper defeated Roth in that election, and called the debate challenge "the Delaware way."

"There are 880,000 people in the state that have questions they'd like to ask of Senator Carper" Wade said during his call-in to a popular Wilmington radio program. "Maybe we can get 500 at a time into a room and get the questions asked and he can describe his vision from his 35-year incumbency standpoint," he continued.

Wade described Carper as "silent Tom down in the Senate." He said the debates in 2000, which he referred to as "the Carper rule," were a good idea then and are a good idea now. "Good ideas don't age," he said.

Source: Delaware Republican Examiner on 2012 Delaware Senate debates May 26, 2012

Tom Carper: 2000: Twenty debates are "the Delaware way"

Kevin Wade, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, is challenging Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) to a series of "twenty debates or thirty debates" in the upcoming campaign. He issued the challenge on WDEL radio Friday afternoon.

Wade said that Carper challenged then-incumbent senator William V. Roth (R-DE) to a series of twenty debates statewide in 2000. Carper defeated Roth in that election, and called the debate challenge "the Delaware way."

"There are 880,000 people in the state that have questions they'd like to ask of Senator Carper" Wade said during his call-in to a popular Wilmington radio program. "Maybe we can get 500 at a time into a room and get the questions asked and he can describe his vision from his 35-year incumbency standpoint," he continued.

Wade described Carper as "silent Tom down in the Senate." He said the debates in 2000, which he referred to as "the Carper rule," were a good idea then and are a good idea now. "Good ideas don't age," he said.

Source: Delaware Republican Examiner on 2012 Delaware Senate debates May 26, 2012

Chris Coons: I am not a bearded Marxist; but a clean-shaven capitalist

O'DONNELL: My opponent has recently said that it was studying under a Marxist professor that made him become a Democrat. So when you look at his position on things like not eliminating death tax, which is a tenet of Marxism...

Q: You did once describe yourself when you were in college a long time ago as a bearded Marxist?

COONS: [That was in] an article that I wrote the day of our commencement, and the title and the content of that clearly makes it obvious that it was a joke. My roommates in the Young Republican Club thought when I returned from Kenya and registered as a Democrat that doing so was proof that I had gone all the way over to the far left end, and so they jokingly called me a bearded Marxist. It was a joke. I am not now, nor have I ever been, anything but a clean-shaven capitalist.

O'DONNELL: You wrote that you learned your beliefs from a Marxist professor; that should send chills up the spine of every voter.

COONS: If it were true, I'd agree. But it's not true.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Christine O`Donnell: I am not a witch; the Constitution is my guide

Q: Comments that you've made in the past, which are in your own words because they're on the videotape; you even released an ad that opened up by saying "I am not a witch". So what do you say to voters who are uncomfortable by these remarks

O'DONNELL: This election cycle should not be about comments I made on a comedy show over a decade and a half ago. This election cycle should be about what is important to the people of Delaware. My opponent has said that the statements that we made in our 20s should be off the table, and after he made that statement, days later, he started running ads, going back on his word using those statements to misrepresent my character. My faith has matured over the years but regardless of my personal faith, when I go down to Washington, D.C., it is the constitution that I will defend and it is by the constitution that I will make all of my decisions.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Christine O`Donnell: Decision to black out national media from DE debates

Chris Coons says he's not ducking anything, and he's ready for the tough the questions. "I'm looking forward to any debate that allows Christine O'Donnell and me to have Delaware's voters get a better understanding of our ideas."

Coons has agreed to eight debates before November 2nd. He says he rejected a debate hosted by the 9-12 Patriots for one reason only. "The 9-12 Patriots Group has endorsed her and is an issue group. We're looking for and have accepted opportunities for debates at independent venues like the University of Delaware, the Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters."

And when it comes to Christine O'Donnell's decision to black out national media, Coons says she can do whatever she wants. "That's her choice. If my opponent decides to stop answering questions from the national media, I hope Delawareans will take that into account."

Source: WDEL 1150AM coverage of 2010 Delaware Senate debate Sep 22, 2010

Chris Coons: Described himself in college as a "bearded Marxist"

O'Donnell is facing allegations she used her campaign cash in 2009-2010 as her personal piggy bank, spending more than $20,000 when she was no longer a candidate.

O'Donnell denies doing anything wrong, saying there is, "No truth to it."

To be fair, O'Donnell's opponent is also facing scrutiny. Chris Coons finds himself having to answer questions about an article he wrote in college, where he described himself as a "bearded Marxist." He talked about it earlier tonight on CNN.

Source: Anderson Cooper 360 coverage of 2010 Delaware Senate debate Sep 21, 2010

Christine O`Donnell: Charged with spending $20K after campaign had ended

Christine O'Donnell is facing allegations she used her campaign cash in 2009-2010 as her personal piggy bank. Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission charged that she illegally spent more than $20,000 of her campaign dollars--when she was no longer a candidate.

O'Donnell denies doing anything wrong, saying there is, "No truth to it."

To be fair, Chris Coons finds himself having to answer questions about an article he wrote in college, where he described himself as a "bearded Marxist."

Source: Anderson Cooper 360 coverage of 2010 Delaware Senate debate Sep 21, 2010

Chris Coons: Focuses on his experience; will fight on Delaware issues

Coons appeared steady, if not a bit boring--something that could actually prove an asset in this general election contest. He emphasized his experience as county executive while drawing contrasts between himself and O'Donnell without truly going on the attack. "This race is not about ideology, but about ideas," he said. "Not about a narrow social agenda, but about who is going to fight to get this country back on track."

Coons noted the state's long tradition of "constructive and civil debate," emphasizing, "I have not been worried about who would come in from out of state to endorse me or not."

Borrowing a line from Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Coons suggested the race would be fought on issues important to Delaware voters, rather than in the national media spotlight. "It's often said that this is Joe Biden's seat," Coons said. "It's not. It's Delaware's seat."

Source: The Hill coverage of 2010 Delaware Senate debate Sep 16, 2010

Jan Ting: Things are broken in Washington DC, and Iím outraged

Iím in this race because Iím convinced that things are broken in Washington DC. The people that are there, both Democrats and Republicans, have been doing nothing about it. Iím concerned about the big problems that exist in our society-Social Security, Medicare, & healthcare generally-all of which are headed for a train wreck. The problems are much more serious, even, than we perceive them to be. Iím convinced that this current partisan atmosphere is not one that is conducive to the big solution needed
Source: Delaware 2006 Senate Debate, hosted by WHYY-TV Oct 20, 2006

Tom Carper: Iíve built bipartisan coalitions in the US Senate

In the US Senate, what Iíve done is to build bipartisan coalitions, not only to address global warming, but to clean up our air. Iíve built bipartisan coalitions to better educate our children and introduce market forces into our schools. Bipartisan coalitions to bring Amtrak and the Postal Service into the 21st century. Bipartisan coalitions to build a foreign policy thatís strong and tough. My job in the Senate is to get people to work with each other. Weíre need more people like that, not less.
Source: Delaware 2006 Senate Debate, hosted by WHYY-TV Oct 20, 2006

Jan Ting: Profession: Law professor and immigration commissioner

Ting is a Michigan native who moved from Philadelphiaís Main Line to the Alapocas neighborhood west of Wilmington in 1984 when his wife, a physician, opened a Delaware practice. Ting has long been a tenured professor at the Temple University law school i Philadelphia and is currently a visiting professor at Widener University School of Law in Talleyville. Under the first President Bush, he was an assistant commissioner - one of the top 10 officials - in the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Source: Cris Barrish, The Delaware News Journal, ďRepublican issuesĒ Sep 3, 2006

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