Wood Debates Opponents
By Chuck Eby
Herndon – October 18, 2006 – Wilbur “Bill” Wood
clashed with his opponents for Virginia’s Tenth Congressional
District seat in a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters
last night. The event was moderated by radio commentator
and former television weatherperson, Hillary Howard, with a panel
of media reporters posing questions to the candidates.
Wood appeared on stage with his opponents Republican incumbent
of 13 terms, Frank Wolf, Democrat Judy Feder, and Independent Neeraj
Nigam. The debate took place at the Dulles Hyatt.
“We must begin withdrawing our sons and daughters from Iraq
right away,” said Wood – the only candidate who went
on record in demanding an immediate phased withdrawal in response
to a question about the Iraq war. Feder’s response
to the same question was to demand the removal of Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld; Wolf wants to wait for a recommendation from the “Iraq
Study Group” – a government commission that he helped
found, and Nigam believes the United States must “finish
Incumbent Frank Wolf
Speaks to the Crowd
Asked about the problem of affordable healthcare, Wood responded
that “Health Savings Accounts are far better than a government
healthcare system. The health consumer will make much better
choices when spending his own money, and unused funds can help
build wealth that can be passed on to our children.” Feder,
who worked on the unsuccessful Clinton healthcare plan believed
that a comprehensive government plan was needed.
In response to a question from the audience whether the candidate
would be voting for or against the proposed amendment to the Virginia
constitution banning gay marriage and selected private contracts
between private citizens, Wood and Feder said they would be voting
against the amendment, Nigam said the amendment "went too
far", and Wolf said he would be voting for it.
In his closing statement, Wood explained how he grew up during
years of Democratic control of Congress and how he looked forward
to the “Republican Revolution” that promised lower
taxes, reduced government spending, and more personal freedom.
“When the Republicans took over, all of their promises turned
out to be empty,” said Wood. “Now Judy Feder
wants you to give Congress back to the Democrats. Instead
of leaving control of Congress with the big-government Republicans,
or giving it back to the big-government Democrats, I’m asking
you to vote for Wilbur Wood. I am the only candidate who
will work to make your government smaller.”
Reporters from the Washington Post, News Channel 8, and several local
papers were present. The debate was taped by News Channel
8 and will be aired in its entirety later this month.