Fierce rivals John Tierney and Richard Tisei will meet onstage for just the second time of the campaign tonight, offering North Shore residents a rare chance to cut through the noise surrounding the 6th District congressional race and hear from the candidates directly.
The debate, which will also include Libertarian Daniel Fishman, begins tonight at 7 at the Danvers High School auditorium and is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tierney, a Democrat from Salem, and Tisei, a Wakefield Republican, have both been subject to blistering attacks as super PACs, state and national party organizations, and the campaigns have thrown millions of dollars at the race, one of the most competitive and vitriolic in the nation.
Republican groups have called Tierney a do-nothing liar and implied he is a crook, while Tierney and Democrats have cast Tisei as the next coming of Rush Limbaugh. Neither man has bothered much to hide the contempt he has for the other.
Sometimes lost in the constant attacks are the candidates’ substantial differences of opinion on Medicare, health care reform, how to grow the economy, taxes and much more. Come hear what they have to say.
The debate, sponsored by The Salem News and The Jewish Journal, will last about 90 minutes and include several questions from a group of panelists covering a range of topics.
Battle of ads
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released its first video ad of the campaign yesterday, which again tries to align Tisei and tea party members.
“Behind Richard Tisei’s campaign — tea party congressmen and their campaign cash,” the narrator says, showing Tisei with Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, John Boehner and others flanking him on either side. The ad cites Ryan’s plan to reform Medicare and Republican votes “to restrict women’s access to birth control and cancer screenings.”