October 05, 2012 at 10:04 am
Democrat Patrick Murphy and Rep. Allen West (R-FL) presented their views side-by-side at a candidate forum Thursday morning at the St. Lucie County Commission Chambers.
It didn’t take long for West to talk about the hot topics during the standing room only forum in Fort Pierce.
“I don’t support partial birth abortions and I don’t think it is part of our values if you go in and dismember children in a mother’s womb,” West said. “And furthermore I don’t believe President Obama when he says that any child who survives an abortion needs to die. I think that’s heinous and I think that’s infanticide. You can check.”
Murphy’s comments also got the audience stirred up. “The extremeness of people like my opponent Allen West calling people communist, comparing to the Nazis.”
During the comment there was an outburst from a member of the audience who was then escorted out of the room by two sheriff’s deputies.
Write-in candidate Marilyn Davis Holloman, a nurse practitioner, also participated in the forum. Holloman focused on families and the economy, and on the candidates’ political ads. “I am very disheartened by the amount of money that these candidates have used for their campaigns. I could have used that money for program services.”
After the forum, two of the candidates spoke briefly about the audience’s reaction to their political views. Murphy said, “That’s what politics has come to with the name calling and I hope for a civil environment going forward.”
West added, “It was a good forum, good here in Saint Lucie County in Fort Pierce, I have been here multiple of times.”
–Tania Rogers, WPTV