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Vivian Davis Figures on Principles & Values

Democratic Senate Challenger; member of State Senate


Challenges Jeff Sessions to debate; Sessions declines

Vivian Davis Figures did what challengers who are behind in the polls and short on money usually do--she challenged her incumbent opponent to debate her. Sen. Jeff Sessions did what incumbents ahead in the polls and flush with money usually do --he ignored the challenge.

Figures actually dropped by Sessions' Mobile office Monday to deliver the debate challenge, but no one was at work on the Columbus Day holiday. So, Figures said she faxed & e-mailed the debate challenge to Sessions Tuesday. As of late Tuesday, Figures said, she had not received a response from the Sessions campaign.

The state director for Sessions, said the campaign had received nothing from Figures Tuesday. "We haven't received anything to respond to," he said.

Figures said she hopes Sessions will take her up on her offer. "I think the people of Alabama deserve to hear from both of us, see both of us together answering questions," Figures said.

Source: 2008 Alabama Senate Debate reported in The Birmingham News Oct 15, 2008

First black woman to run for US Senate from Alabama

The widow of the late state Senate President Pro Tempore Michael Figures, D-Mobile, she is best known in the Legislature for her work to curb smoking in public places. The outcome of Tuesday's primary makes her the first black woman in Alabama history to run on a major party ticket for the U.S. Senate.
Source: Mobile Press-Register: "Figures, Sessions fight for Senate" Jun 4, 2008

Put Alabamians and Americans first again

Vivian's Priority: My overall priority is to put Alabamians and Americans first again. Let's take care of home by educating our children, providing health care for all citizens, providing proper care for our seniors, giving our veterans the respect and benefits they deserve for fighting to keep us free, and investing in our infrastructure to avoid further catastrophes in our nation. Let's take care of home first.
Source: Campaign website, www.figures2008.com, "Priorities" Mar 2, 2008

Other candidates on Principles & Values: Vivian Davis Figures on other issues:
AL Gubernatorial:
Bob Riley
AL Senatorial:
Jeff Sessions
Richard Shelby


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

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NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
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TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
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