Throughout the campaign, both candidates have criticized hyperpartisanship in Washington, and that continued last night.
Tisei, who has argued that his record of bipartisanship would help abate the dysfunction on Capitol Hill, named his proudest moment as the formation of the coalition, Democrats for Tisei, which, he said, “made me feel good to know that people of the opposing party ... felt comfortable and confident enough in me that they came out to support me.”
Tierney has claimed that a Tisei victory would further enable Republicans to pass an agenda he has described as anti-women, anti-Medicare and anti-middle class.
Daniel Fishman, articulate and deftly steering out of the crossfire, advocated his Libertarian views of limited government, individual and state rights, fiscal conservatism, and his plan to “eliminate barriers” to employment by allowing businesses to hire their first three employees without all the red tape slowing down the process.
Fishman, perhaps sensing that many in the room were swayed, told voters to consider him, despite his long odds.
“Your vote counts and has to count for what you believe in. Vote for someone you like, vote your conscience,” he said. “If what I said appeals to you and you don’t vote for me, the message that gets sent is these ideals appeal to nobody.”
Tierney defended the Democrats’ signature health bill, by saying there is no way to make insurers cover pre-existing conditions and eliminate lifetime caps without a mandate for individuals to be insured. He also blasted Tisei, aligning him this time with Mitt Romney, who signed the Massachusetts health law and also wants to repeal the federal law.
“You said Massachusetts was a great model for the nation, it turns out you were right,” Tierney said, turning to Tisei. “Now, like a mini-me Mitt Romney, when the tea party came to power, you turned around and said it wasn’t a good idea for the country.”