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Public banned from Senate debate after fistfight

Candidate Forum Scuffle

Kelly Tanaka, center top, tries to get by an unidentified man at the end of a Senate candidate forum for Sharon Angle and Sen. Harry Reid on Thursday at Faith Lutheran High School. The man allegedly tried to push Tanaka over the seat in front of him sparking a scuffle in which the man punched Kay Mehta. Launch slideshow »

Spectators are being banned from a debate next month between Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican rival Sharron Angle after a candidate forum last week ended with a fistfight in the audience.

Nevada Broadcasters Association President Bob Fisher told journalists and political candidates Saturday that only the candidates' closest relatives and advisers will be allowed to attend the Oct. 14 televised debate.

Fisher said each candidate must submit a list of 12 guests. Only those people will be allowed to attend the only scheduled debate in one of the most important races during this midterm election.

Witnesses say a candidate forum last week ended with an Angle supporter punching one woman and pushing another as they tried to walk past him.

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  1. Stay classy, Las Vegas!

  2. This is wrong.

    What will be the next step in the de-evolution of public debate? Prerecording both candidates and the media deciding what is safe for us to hear?

  3. It's regrettable, but necessary.

    It would be "wrong" if the public were allowed to ask questions, but that isn't the case with this debate.

    Since the questions are fielded by the moderators, an audience would only be there to applaud when directed, anyway.

  4. On THE "ED SHOW" on msnbc, local talk host Heidi Harris (who contends that Reid faked the car bomb attempt on his family, based on what admitted mobster Frank Carlotta said) called Reid supporters at the debate "rude little piggies."

    Despite Angle's claim that "Reid is using Sal Alinsky tactics to provoke assaults by her supporters," it is obvious that hate talk radio is in overdrive trying to create violence. (e.g. "Second Amendment remedies)

    The Secret Service should send a special detail to Nevada to stop further tea-party/talk radio inspired violence.

  5. Does this worry anyone else besides me? I mean come on. We are the PEOPLE and we can't even go watch our elected leaders debate? We can't evaluate them side by side and assess their responses to the issues? This smacks of big government interference in public elections. Just another reason to vote AGAINST big government politicians. Would this have happened in the Lincon-Douglas debates?

  6. If I were Sharron Angle I'd refuse to appear for the debate unless the public is allowed to attend. This is an affront to liberty.

  7. As an Independant, I have mixed feelings about a "controlled audience". On the positive side, candidates should be able to go into the substance of their debate without interruption. If this is to be a televised debate then let it be a televised debate.

  8. Art,

    I would go so far as to say under the "leadership" of the media we are losing our democratic process.

    As you (and I) have pointed out on other stories, the debate for the gubernatorial race was a farce with only Reid and Sandoval being allowed to participate *by the media*. That constituted a major failing on their part in my opinion.

  9. So people are going to be given the right to go act like little kids with no manners.

    Not a big deal. This will be on T.V. You could not ask questions anyway. No right is being taken away from you here.

    To bad that some people can not act adult enough to go to something like this without punching out others because they don't agree with them. The bad thing is those same fools get to vote in the election. Good thing is most of them won't take the time to vote anyway. To lazy.

    Just what this country has become. People want to blame their elected officials when the real problem these days are the Americans that live here.

    Grow up and be responsible for your own actions if yo expect more out of life.

  10. "Grow up and be responsible for your own actions if yo[sic] expect more out of life." - vegaslee

    Now if only more people would think that then we would have more moderates from all parties in office. :)

  11. Okay, class, little Susie misbehaved this morning so no one is going outside for recess!

  12. 1984 has arrived!

  13. @bbtbrain:

    Good post -- I think you just came up with the excuse that Angle is looking for to run away from the debate.

  14. If only that woman hadn't allowed her jaw to come into contact with that guy's fist, it would've been OK. As a matter of fact, she and/or her jaw were asking for it. You know how those people are. Just sashaying around debates just looking to get hit. If she had only left her jaw at home, this whole thing never would have happened.

  15. It might be a better debate if there is no live audience to play to.

  16. Who cares? The woman wanted equal rights and the man gave them to her. How long was she and her friends in his face? A lot of frames!

    Just vote for Sharron Angle on Saturday, October 16 to Friday, October 29 during early voting or on November 2nd and be done with these dictators.

    That's what Sharron Angle is all about, TAKING BACK AMERICA!

  17. mred so true. This is getting past just loud angry whites. It's gonna get people or multiple people killed, and that will be the beginning of race riots. The longer we act as if race is not ONE of the MAIN FACTORS DRIVING THE T-PARTY and it's consequences leading to violence the worse it will be when violence begins. If we don't stand up against it, blood will be the only thing that will shake America awake, with the far right hate machine that is talk radio & fox "news" who will magically support the president when he's "their" guy or gal. Woo hoo go saraaaaaaah palen. Haha, go angle, o'donnel, paul, miller, rubio, paladino, right? They're all gonna win right? Huh? Right right wingers?