[The 90’s Election Specials raw: Braun / Dixon / Hofeld Senate debate]

Footage for The 90's election specials. Off-air debate between the Illinois candidates for U.S. Senate: Carol Moseley Braun, incumbent Alan Dixon, and Al Hofeld.

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00:27Copy video clip URL Introduction from the League of Women Voters president Eleanor Revelle. Moderator Mary Ann Childers introduces the debate. She explains that the debate will consist of questions from voters and questions from one candidate to another.

02:03Copy video clip URL The candidates introduce themselves. Hofeld says he’s running because people are hurting and it’s time to challenge the insider system. Dixon reiterates that people are hurting and says his constituency will remain his priority. Braun says she is running because both of her opponents are unaccountable and unqualified for the office.

03:48Copy video clip URL The candidates are asked about unemployment. A clip runs that shows the poor state of affairs and asks if it will be the enduring image of the ’90s. Dixon says that he has been fighting to increase unemployment aid. He blames the economic condition on the President George H.W. Bush trade policy. He advocates transferring $100 billion from defense to public works. Dixon says that he was working on behalf of Illinois workers for the last 12 years.

08:16Copy video clip URL Braun challenges Dixon for supporting the ’81 tax bill. She advocates using the peace dividend for investment in infrastructure and long-term investment. Childers asks about the possibility of technology replacing people. Braun answers that new markets and technologies need to be found.

10:34Copy video clip URL Hofeld blames Dixon, Bush, and former President Ronald Reagan for the broken economy. He makes charges against moving American jobs abroad. He says the nation needs long-term productivity. He differentiates himself from his opponents by his experience running a business. He says that technology should not be sold abroad.

13:28Copy video clip URL The candidates are asked about how to improve the economy. Braun challenges Hofeld over his lack of political experience. She advocates supporting businesses. Hofeld pushes a middle class tax cut. He says education must be strengthened and special interests must be fought. Hofeld advocates an educational system that helps with payment for students pursuing public service. He mentions an apprenticeship program. He says humanitarian work needs to take place at home before foreign countries.

20:00Copy video clip URL Dixon defends his record on taxes. He advocates a middle class tax cut, a new bracket for households earning over $200,000, and a tax for all millionaires. He talks about encouraging investments.

22:53Copy video clip URL The candidates are asked about healthcare. Hofeld speaks in favor of national healthcare, calling the behavior of private companies shameful. He blames special interests for stalling healthcare reform. Hofeld is asked about leaving alone malpractice insurance, which he calls a non-issue. He accuses Dixon and Braun of being controlled by special interests. Dixon defends himself and says that he has worked for a new Democratic reform bill and towards getting affordable universal healthcare. Braun says she has fought for reform as a citizen and as a legislator and that she supports universal healthcare. She says the funding needs to be national but service choices need to be local.

33:09Copy video clip URL Candidates are asked about changes in the American dream and trust of the government. Dixon says he wants to see a better life for his children and grandchildren. He speaks on bills he has supported for international negotiating, scholarships, job training, and housing. Dixon is asked about special interests and he says that despite contributions he always uses his own candid judgement. Braun says that public service is a noble calling and that Dixon lacks accountability.

41:30Copy video clip URL Hofeld talks about how he always believed that hard work would result in success but that he’s seen otherwise on the campaign. He says he wants to restore the American dream and enable higher education.

44:11Copy video clip URL The candidates ask each other questions. Braun challenges Dixon on voting against Meals on Wheels, Pell grant increases, and immunization support. He says that he supported such bills.

46:10Copy video clip URL Braun speaks about Hofeld’s use of his own money, asking him if he would donate another $3 million to help the people. He defends the use of his own money, saying that others have done the same. He claims that Braun has taken money from banking business and lobbies. Hofeld asks Dixon about junkets and asks how his votes can be considered objective. Dixon defends himself.

49:38Copy video clip URL Hofeld asks Braun about trying to secure business for a friend. She responds by saying that Hofeld has been dishonest about his record, her record, and Dixon’s record.

51:26Copy video clip URL Dixon asks Hofeld to explain his decisions to not vote over the years. Hofeld says he would put his voting record up against Dixon’s any time.

53:11Copy video clip URL Dixon asks Braun to explain how the system works within the Democratic Party when it comes to supporting the winner of the election.

54:54Copy video clip URL Candidates make their closing statements. Braun says she wants to open up the political process to those left out and focus on human issues. Hofeld says he’s willing to spend so much on the campaign because he feels it is necessary to get his message out. He condemns career politicians, saying that he is the only one that can fight special interests. Dixon reiterates his fights for individuals and asks for voters to let him continue his work in the Senate.

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