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Live: Wagner-Martin Debate Covered As It Happens From O'Fallon

The Lewis and Clark Pachyderms host a debate between the two Republican candidates for the U.S. Congressional 2nd District seat from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Ann Wagner and Ed Martin, Republican candidates for the U.S. Representative 2nd District, will debate at 6 p.m. Monday at Culpepper's in O'Fallon. The debate will be blogged live by Patch Editor Joe Scott and Brian Flinchpaugh.

The event is hosted by the Lewis and Clark Pachyderms of Western St. Charles County.

Steve Pokin November 22, 2011 at 05:04 PM
I enjoyed Patch's coverage. Too much one-size-fits-all Obama-bashing by the candidates and hardly anything of value to help distinguish between the two.
Jim Frain November 22, 2011 at 08:52 PM
I was reading the comments and adding a few until about 7:30....Couldn't take it anymore....There were so very few positive statements about what they will do or what they believe....All I learned was they get their answers from conservative talk shows and that they hate the ground the presidents walks on and the air he breathes...A very week showing in my opinion.
Dennis Broadbooks November 22, 2011 at 10:10 PM
@ Joe Scott: Please correct me if I'm wrong, but is what's showing here the full extent of the "live" broadcast from last night? In other words, was there live audio/video accompanying what you blogged? If not there's something to be said for being "in the room" when it comes to experiencing what the two candidates shared in the forum held last night in O'Fallon. Reading your account online just now & reconciling it with what I witnessed almost seems as if we weren't at the same venue. I say "almost" because I'm not being critical of you; it's just that you're handicapped to the extent the emotion & facial expressions of the candidates can't be adequately relayed in this type of medium. It also doesn't allow for the full quotes of the candidates to be expressed...only short editorial summaries which result in the leaving out of words Martin & Wagner used to make their points. While this live reporting technique may prove useful for giving Patch readers a "flavor" of an event, it's not the same as a live radio or TV broadcast. It's also not the same as being there. My personal opinion is the 2nd Congressional District is blessed to have two outstanding GOP candidates to choose from. Both have the moxy & determination it will take to serve their constituents well in Washington if elected. They showed their wares very well last night...one just had to be there to fully appreciate it.
Kalen Ponche November 22, 2011 at 10:48 PM
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Dennis! I know there's certainly a big difference between reading anything or seeing any edited piece in the news and being there in person. But the hope is always when we cover an event to provide people who couldn't be there with a sense of what they missed. Doesn't matter what you cover- a championship basketball game - a live debate - a community festival -- it's always a different experience to be there in person! Which candidate did you think did a better job?
Dennis Broadbooks November 22, 2011 at 10:58 PM
@ Kalen Ponche: "Which candidate did you think did a better job?" I'd rather not make that choice, especially since I'm doing my level best to remain neutral in this race. They both did an outstanding job last night. One other comment/question about the medium (Cover It Live) Patch is using. In my opinion it does require participation for it to "work". Is there a way to access a live event Patch is covering via a cell phone app? I would have loved to participate in the blogging if I knew there was a way (short of using my browser bandwidth) to post comments on the blog as I was sitting in the room.

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