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Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Feel free to use this thread to comment on tonight’s gubernatorial debate.

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137 Comments
  1. - New Day - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 4:28 pm:

    Wow, Darren Bailey was amazing. I can’t believe he announced that he was replacing Tressel with Proft, but he said it really well.

    Oh, wait, you mean once the debate starts.

    Nevermind.


  2. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 4:36 pm:

    Will there be pie? Is someone bringing pie?


  3. - Baloneymous - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 4:57 pm:

    “Tell them there will be punch and pie. More people will come if they think we have punch and pie”
    - Eric Cartman


  4. - XonXoff - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 4:59 pm:

    Appreciate the thread but we’re going boating instead.


  5. - Ryan - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 5:11 pm:

    Leaving work today, I walked through the Bone Student Center on the way to my car. The amount of law enforcement is absolutely ridiculous. It’s a gubernatorial debate, not a presidential one.


  6. - ChiGirl - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 5:19 pm:

    Anyone else making a drinking game out of this? Take a shot every time Bailey tries to come off as a moderate or backpedals on his stances. Same everytime JB just laughs.


  7. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 5:26 pm:

    Can someone who’s attending the debate bring me back an Avanti’s “Gondola?

    Thanks.


  8. - Cheswick - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 5:34 pm:

    I’m in a place where I can’t get radio or TV tonight. So I’m counting on you guys. What kind of pie?


  9. - Back to the Future - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 5:34 pm:

    An Avanti’s “Gondola” is one just excellent idea.


  10. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 5:40 pm:

    So, for the “watch party”, we have Gondolas and pie.

    Bring your own popcorn.


  11. - AlfondoGonz - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 5:51 pm:

    As an IWU alum, Avantis was a staple of my college diet.

    I texted an old buddy who moved to the East Coast that gondolas are a topic of discussion. I think I’ve ruined his night.


  12. - MoralMinority - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 6:21 pm:

    ==Tell them there will be punch and pie. More people will come if they think we have punch and pie”==I don’t know about punch, but if Darren is there you can count on him bringing in Mountain Dep.


  13. - Baloneymous - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 6:26 pm:

    ===I don’t know about punch, but if Darren is there you can count on him bringing in Mountain Dew===

    Mountain Dew Code Red is basically punch.


  14. - TheInvisibleMan - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 6:28 pm:

    –Take a shot every time Bailey–

    says ‘um’.


  15. - ArchPundit - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 6:33 pm:

    “Friends…”


  16. - MoralMinority - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 6:36 pm:

    ==Mountain Dew Code Red is basically punch.==Yeah, Baloneymous, you are probably right about that, but I’m talking the original Mountain Dep like you could get from the FFA vending machine in the cafeteria at North Clay High School back in 1980 or so.


  17. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 6:37 pm:

    I suspect Darren Bailey is going to have more punts than all of Thursday Night Football. Here’s hoping he won’t be able to get away with lying and misdirecting.

    ===The amount of law enforcement is absolutely ridiculous.===

    Darren Bailey has some pretty strong ties to right wing coup attempts and violent rhetoric. He’s given money to a man who “declared war” on Democrats. Bailey has also been pretty suggestive about our election results being fraudulent.

    When you’re inviting someone that is pro-right wing terrorist to be on the stage I think it’s pretty fair to have security there in case some other right wing terrorists show up.


  18. - Ryan - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 6:58 pm:

    Candy Dogood, good point.


  19. - low level - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:03 pm:

    Where is Xenia?


  20. - low level - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:07 pm:

    “Out of jail before trial” - Bailey. Thats what happens now when domestic abusers bail out


  21. - West Side the Best Side - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:09 pm:

    Saw the start with the time limits. 30 seconds(banned punctuation) You can’t give reasoned answers in 30 seconds. This is just continuing the dumbing down of reasoned political discourse. Lincoln and Douglas wouldn’t have put up with that nonsense.


  22. - Occasionally Moderated - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:10 pm:

    The Governor is technically correct that he has hired a large amount of troopers.

    The state is at historically low state police staffing levels however.


  23. - Don't Bloc Me In - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:13 pm:

    ==Where is Xenia?==

    It’s south of Iola and east of Iuka.


  24. - Buford - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:14 pm:

    How many times will the word “Lie” be used?


  25. - Baloneymous - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:14 pm:

    This debate format is silly. It’s like a quiz show with quick answers and bells ringing. It feels more rushed that a Food Network cooking show.


  26. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:14 pm:

    I’m drunk and I’ve only been taking shots when Bailey says “zero-based budgeting”


  27. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:15 pm:

    Darren Bailey’s idea is “zero based budgeting” is not really the most effective strategy for budgeting. Perhaps if you’re on a school board that competes against the private school you operate you might think that “zero based budgeting” is a good approach.

    I would be surprised if there is anyone who is involved with the state budget process who would prefer doing “zero based budgeting” instead of our attempt at the “budgeting for results” approach that requires identifying metrics for creating specific outcomes.

    Darren Bailey’s body language is outstanding — he looks like he thinks he’s prevailing.

    I think Pritzker’s people could have done a better job with debate prep, but I can’t wait to see what Pritzker quotes wind up on tiktok.


  28. - Ryan - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:15 pm:

    It’s like watching my kids argue and name-call. I’m out.


  29. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:16 pm:

    Bailey seems more nervous, the absolutes in his words look and sound uneven

    Pritzker has been calmer, but at least once was “searching” for an answer


  30. - someonehastosayit - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:19 pm:

    The pace of this format is frenetic.


  31. - Baloneymous - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:20 pm:

    Sounds like there are a bunch of Trumpy wackos in the audience with the laughing going on.


  32. - very old soil - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:20 pm:

    bailey makes me want to throw up


  33. - Amalia - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:20 pm:

    Bailey telling the women of Illinois that reproductive choice is not an important issue, it’s divisive.


  34. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:21 pm:

    This is the first time I have ever seen a person run for Governor on being too impotent to change policy and law. It’s one thing to watch someone that’s impotent to bluster and shoot at stacks of paper with firearms, and it’s another to have them stand in front of a state wide television audience tell them “Vote for me, I’m impotent.”


  35. - low level - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:21 pm:

    How many bills did Bailey pass?


  36. - NorthsideNoMore - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:22 pm:

    Wish I was in on a push button focus group for this one


  37. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:23 pm:

    I guess as governor Bailey would say he’s not one that can change or influence change in laws or policy.

    Why a candidate would say such a thing is a head scratcher


  38. - FIREDup! - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:23 pm:

    Terrible format. Bailey comes off clownish while attempting to be Trumpy hard to watch.


  39. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:24 pm:

    Speaking of ISU’s enrollment.

    ===New student enrollment is up, with 8,492 new students enrolling for Fall 2022. This includes 5,728 first-year students, an increase of 341 compared to Fall 2021.===

    https://www.registrar.iastate.edu/resources/enrollment-statistics


  40. - debate watcher - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:24 pm:

    Bailey seems angry


  41. - Occasionally Moderated - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:24 pm:

    So far JB nailing Bailey on budget and education.


  42. - West Side the Best Side - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:26 pm:

    I’ve had it. Moving on the WTTW Chicago Tonight. (Which also rushes people’s responses, but not as bad.) The pace is frenetic and is an insult to people who think this will inform them in any way about the candidates. And, Bailey, chill(banned punctuation.)


  43. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:26 pm:

    ===seems angry===

    Likely more nervous, if anything.

    Bailey promised he’d take it to Pritzker.

    Right now it’s “even” at best.


  44. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:27 pm:

    ===Why a candidate would say such a thing is a head scratcher===

    “Don’t worry about my hateful misogyny and bigotry, I won’t be able to do anything but throw temper tantrums.”


  45. - very old soil - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:28 pm:

    I just gave up


  46. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:29 pm:

    Bailey’s budgetary prowess is predicated on the audience members not understanding that Bailey has, by one count, used two budgetary stylings to make points that can’t exist in one states fiscal mapping


  47. - Buford - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:32 pm:

    Bailey’s whole argument is that he won’t be in charge.


  48. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:33 pm:

    Bailey has made clear “Pritzker policies don’t work”

    I dunno if Bailey’s policies can work, as Bailey is unclear on policies that are measurable


  49. - JS Mill - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:34 pm:

    Bailey wimped out on arming teachers. Then the dumb stunt with the pledge. Bailey is gutless.

    Pritzker nails the commitment to serve.


  50. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:36 pm:

    I think it’s a terrible idea to ask your opponent who is much more popular than you if they’re planning on running for President. No one is going to seek out Darren Bailey to run for any federal office after his showing in this election.

    Bailey is also probably unaware of federal election law that would make it pretty inappropriate for Governor Pritzker to declare he is running for president tonight, to the point where even if he wants to he can’t say it.

    Darren Bailey is just a silly, silly man who probably thinks that every time it snows it means global climate change isn’t a thing.


  51. - Amalia - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:36 pm:

    quotes from our debate watch “that’s a mighty big empty suit.” “he’s an empty suit of deep fried cheese.” “quien es mas guapo?”


  52. - DIrtLawyer - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:37 pm:

    Bailey is certainly taking it to Pritzker and going all out. And you know what? I still would not vote for Bailey for dog catcher.


  53. - ESR - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:37 pm:

    Pretty sure JB’s incessant scribbling is a soothing mechanism to the tune of “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”


  54. - Baloneymous - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:38 pm:

    ===Bailey is also probably unaware of federal election law===

    Yet Bailey got the most applause the entire night so far for pulling out a piece of paper about that. Shows what we’ve been reduced to. I’m embarrassed.


  55. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:39 pm:

    Bailey is now looking like the guy who questions a school board on issues, not like someone who should field tough questions from an electorate.

    You need to attack but look like you can problem solve… welp…


  56. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:42 pm:

    ===Yet Bailey got the most applause the entire night so far for pulling out a piece of paper about that.===

    That’s a pretty low bar. There’s not a whole lot about Bailey’s performance so far that would make anyone who is planning to vote for him feel good about that plan. Darren Bailey is doing more to suppress conservative voter enthusiasm than anything a Democrat could come up with.


  57. - MoralMinority - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:43 pm:

    ==Where is Xenia?==
    Actually Darren’s house is closer to Oskaloosa than Xenia, but then Oskaloosa is more a locale than a true town. He lives just off the Xenia-Iola Road about 6.5 miles north of Xenia.


  58. - Baloneymous - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:43 pm:

    Crowd just laughed when JB said “science”. this is so sad.


  59. - Manchester - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:44 pm:

    I’m not watching. My choice is already made. I could never support Bailey based on the right wing drivel he spouts.


  60. - Central IL transplant - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:45 pm:

    Bailey interrupting constantly makes him look petty and amateur in his delivery.


  61. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:46 pm:

    ‘Nember when you’d see graphs how folks “feel” when watching things… at no time has this felt like Bailey is adding to his numbers.

    It all sounds good to the gibberish, where is the cobbling or cratering of Pritzker’s support?


  62. - Baloneymous - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:46 pm:

    That’s a pretty low bar.===

    I’m mostly talking about the people in the audience. I’m hoping they are not ISU students because if they are it’s very depressing.


  63. - New Day - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:49 pm:

    Anyone who had the gimmick “Zero-based budgeting” in their drinking game is slobbering on the floor now.


  64. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:50 pm:

    I wonder if Darren Bailey understands that people retire.


  65. - Boone’s is Back - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:50 pm:

    If I hear Bailey say “friends” one more time I’m chucking this remote.


  66. - amalia - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:50 pm:

    “unions, stay in your lane and everything will be fine.” match lit.


  67. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:51 pm:

    What voting bloc looks at this and says, “Bailey turned me on our issue”

    Not a flip-flop, my point?

    Being able to win the policy discussion to your own policy is called winning a debate.

    Bailey did none of that.


  68. - Amalia - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:52 pm:

    Ingredients of the drink Zero Base Budgeting: grain alcohol and gasoline.


  69. - Central Illinois transplant - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:52 pm:

    I was raised in the region of Illinois that Bailey is from. I can assure you the viewpoints he is expressing are not indicative of the way people in that part of Illinois feel or live. Those that do are a very tiny minority.


  70. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:53 pm:

    Illinois has thousands of unfilled state employee positions and it’s negatively impacting the ability of agencies like DCFS to protect children.

    I hope that everyone is realistic enough to expect that when whoever wins this election is negotiating with AFSCME that wages need to keep up with inflation to stay competitive.


  71. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:54 pm:

    ===I was raised in the region of Illinois that Bailey is from.===

    Is his accent common or standard for the region? Someone I know is pretty convinced he grew up in Arkansas and is just lying about where he’s from.


  72. - Central Illinois transplant - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:56 pm:

    No it is not common.


  73. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:57 pm:

    ==Where is Xenia?==

    I have distant family there. As a kid we used to go there for family events. From my perspective it was get in the car, fall asleep for two hours, and voila, picnic.


  74. - Central Illinois transplant - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:58 pm:

    Bailey finally scores a point, to use a boxing analogy with his song


  75. - stateandlake - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 7:59 pm:

    Pritzker wins the closing statement. Talks about accomplishments rather than how his opponent is dangerous.


  76. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:01 pm:

    I was raised in the region of Illinois that Bailey is from. I can assure you the viewpoints he is expressing are not indicative of the way people in that part of Illinois feel or live. Those that do are a very tiny minority.

    Explain Mary Miller’s success then. She sounds a lot like Bailey.


  77. - West Side the Best Side - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:01 pm:

    Caught the end. The whole thing was a joke. Scientists (yeah, I know, a bad word) say watching TV right before going to bed can upset your sleep. This is going to keep me from being able to sleep until at least 2am.


  78. - Central Illinois transplant - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:02 pm:

    35 miles south of Effingham on Rt. 45 is the intersection of Rt 50 and 45 outside of Flora. Go west about 8 miles and you’ll find Xenia.


  79. - Bunga - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:02 pm:

    that Bailey answer about the unions was incredibly awful and offensive meanwhile Regan Deering looked like she was a deer in the headlights with the very bold choice of going after the pot legalization law


  80. - ESR - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:03 pm:

    “I wonder if Darren Bailey understands that people retire.“

    Interesting that “retirees” like you didn’t exist until several generations ago with the advent of the FDR welfare society. What a paradigm shift to think you are entitled to decades of idleness on the backs of others.


  81. - Big Dipper - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:03 pm:

    Bailey obviously has not been giving much attention to his current job, so start there before silly gimmicks about hypothetical future runs.


  82. - btowntruth from forgottonia - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:03 pm:

    “probably thinks that every time it snows it means global climate change isn’t a thing.”
    That is at least some of his base in Forgottonia.


  83. - H-W - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:04 pm:

    The debate was too hurried. That said, it was confirming. Bailey offered few solutions to issues when given the opportunity, including crime, taxes, and education (his sound bites).


  84. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:04 pm:

    I think it’s really fun when a person who has inherited many acres of land and inherited an agribusiness worth millions of dollars who has accepted millions of dollars of public funds through the PPP loan programs and federal farm subsidies, et al, thinks the song “Hard Workin’ Man” by Brooks and Dunn applies to him.

    Perhaps he believes he has gotten everything he owns by the sweat of his brow, and that delusion may be exactly why he has supported politicians who participated in and planned a coup attempt.

    He knows the only way someone like him will have legitimacy is if people believe his lies.


  85. - FIREDup! - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:05 pm:

    Asking the Gov to put up all migrants in his hotel is his big zinger? Bailey’s a multimillionaire. Is his school free? Can the migrants come down to Xenia for an education?


  86. - Flapdoodle - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:05 pm:

    This “debate” was a dorm room or playground argument, not an exchange between two mature men seeking the state’s highest office. Neither candidate distinguished himself. Neither “won” and the the state’s electorate certainly didn’t. Maybe it’s the format or the limited time available, or maybe it’s the nature of our politics now, but I don’t see how sessions like these do anyone any good. It’s sad, really, very sad. This passes for public discourse? Ugh. I think less now of both participants than I did before/


  87. - ISU Pundit - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:05 pm:

    I’m no fan of Mr Bailey but you have to give him the win tonight with alot of good one liners that landed on JB. JB seemed off his game tonight. If JB is actually running for president, he’s going to need a lot of help on debating to be ready for the national stage.


  88. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:05 pm:

    The “blocking and tackling” close for the incumbent governor asking voters to re-elect.

    That’s how they do it downtown


  89. - someonehastosayit - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:06 pm:

    Bailey asked at one point, “Why are people still worried about their pension?” Maybe people worry because leaders like Bailey continually spew inaccurate blather about how “bad” the pension situation is and ignore that we’re improving the pension situation.


  90. - PublicServant - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:06 pm:

    Father God is a double for me…maybe a triple.


  91. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:07 pm:

    ===you have to give him the win tonight with alot of good one liners that landed on JB. JB seemed off his game tonight.===

    This ain’t Facebook.

    Example?


  92. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:08 pm:

    Tried to watch but knew nothing could be said to change my vote and could not take more than about ten minutes of Bailey’s weird accent and the astroturfed crowd.


  93. - MoralMinority - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:09 pm:

    ==Is his accent common or standard for the region?==
    I went to North Clay Schools just like Darren. Unfortunately I have the same sort of accent myself. I cringe when I hear a recording of my own voice. Not everyone sounds like us (thankfully), but I wouldn’t say that it is uncommon in this area. My theory is that we are in an area where two regional dialects overlap, although a linguist might say I was wrong.


  94. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:09 pm:

    ===you have to give him the win tonight with alot of good one liners that landed on JB. JB seemed off his game tonight.===

    Which voters saw what you saw that might have been undecided or Pritzker’s that will now be with Bailey?


  95. - PublicServant - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:09 pm:

    Oh, by the way Willy, the popcorn and Gondola sound delicious.


  96. - SaulGoodman - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:10 pm:

    ** Ingredients of the drink Zero Base Budgeting: grain alcohol and gasoline.**

    So…malort?


  97. - Poor Uni Student - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:11 pm:

    I feel like Bailey knew what to say in a lot of the situations but didn’t word it right, if he went a bit harder on some key points he could’ve done better.


  98. - Arsenal - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:14 pm:

    == you have to give him the win tonight ==

    No, I don’t. If anything gets remembered from tonight, it’ll be Bailey’s dodge on abortion and double-down on the Holocaust. Those are both very bad for him.


  99. - Big foot - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:16 pm:

    Watched For a lack of a better term : The whole thing was “Herky jerkey..


  100. - Norseman - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:17 pm:

    === Governor on being too impotent to change policy and law. ===

    Didn’t Rauner say something similar?


  101. - Elliott Ness - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:21 pm:

    The entire thing was a C-. Bailey is a goof and the governor seemed distracted at times. I did nit hear one tangible idea from Bailey, he couldn’t tell you what zero based budgeting is and if he thinks you can cut $15 billion from the budget, let’s see the lines he would cut. We just went through a budget battle with Ruiner that almost completely cost us our higher education system and decimated health care. Bailey couldn’t run a lemonade stand and that is what was evident tonight.


  102. - low level - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:22 pm:

    Extended boos for Bailey.


  103. - Fivegreenleaves - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:33 pm:

    All I heard from Bailey “We need to sit down at the table and have that conversation.” I didn’t hear a single solution from him.


  104. - TheInvisibleMan - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:34 pm:

    –you have to give him the win tonight–

    No.

    He was not internally consistent, which is what I use as a primary litmus test when I listen to people speak about their views and goals.

    He loves discussing his business and how that experience means he would also be a ‘hard working man’ for the state. Yet, he didn’t want to discuss a single aspect of the school he founded because it isn’t appropriate to the discussion.

    He had a similar approach with the topic of abortion as well.

    His constant interruptions were the obvious flaw in his approach, but the real tell of his lack of confidence was in watching him twiddle his thumbs nervously while holding his hands at waist level on more than one occasion.


  105. - JS Mill - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:40 pm:

    Bailey clearly does not understand public pensions and where they are headed, he especially does not understand Tier 2. He demonstrated this when he blurted out moving people to 401k’s.

    Bailey was disruptive and childish, clearly not governor material.

    He repeated the whole “sit down and bring people to the table” babble. I guess he doesn’t know he should have done that and come up with answers already.

    Overall not a good debate. Pritzker kept his composure but missed on a few questions that should have been easy for him.

    Bailey couldn’t answer even simple questions but did pander. He really failed on education, unions, and abortion.

    “Stay in their lane will” haunt him.


  106. - Honey Roasted - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:48 pm:

    Unfortunate that all pre-recorded civilian questions were asked by white dudes.


  107. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:50 pm:

    What the heck was with the lack of diversity with the questions from the ‘man on the street’?


  108. - JoeSchmoe - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:52 pm:

    I heard more pro-Baileys in this one. Not that it makes any difference.


  109. - Central Ill - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:53 pm:

    The timing of my nominal 2022 state Illinois income tax rebate postcard is interesting to say the least- got mine in Springfield today. Why are we wasting taxpayer dollars a month before an election to tell me I might get $100? Curious


  110. - Dotnonymous - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 8:56 pm:

    Governor Pritzker said Bailey wasn’t vaccinated…Bailey didn’t say he was…Darren’s still not here.


  111. - Occasionally Moderated - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 9:03 pm:

    Attacking education at ISU was a bad look.


  112. - FIREDup! - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 9:05 pm:

    https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/poll-who-won-the-pritzker-bailey-debate/#/questions


  113. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 9:13 pm:

    ===The timing of my nominal 2022 state Illinois income tax rebate postcard is interesting to say the least===

    AFSCME throws around the 7,000 unfilled positions number every chance they get and some of those positions are going to be at Revenue. There is no way the timing of a few weeks before the election can be deliberate simply because if they had tried to plan for the middle of October we wouldn’t see the actual rebate until 4 or 6 months later.

    We’re at a point in state government where we can safely assume that if the timing is convenient it has to be coincidence or a happy little accident.


  114. - up2now - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 9:15 pm:

    Tonight’s debate is not going to change any voter’s mind. Pritzker has his supporters and Bailey has his, and they’re pretty much carved in stone. The moderators did a creditable job, but you can’t expect any substantial answers in what amounts to a 30- or 60-second sound bite. Takeaways: Bailey’s solution, if elected, is to sit down and talk about things, which means gridlock, no answers, and state finances and governance seizing up, as during the Rauner years. But maybe that’s what he wants. Pritzer… well, I think Pritzker’s done a pretty good job compared to previous recent governors. That’s a low bar, but he’s at least extended the expiration date of the state of Illinois.


  115. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 9:27 pm:

    @ISU Pundit -

    First time caller, long time fan? lol

    You have to pardon me, whenever I see a post on Capfax right after a debate ends with some Hyper-local handle and flowery yet nonspecific praise, I usually assume its some staffer for the candidate posting for the first time using the first fake moniker that popped into their head.

    So, i see this is your first post….


  116. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 9:36 pm:

    My good friend - Norseman -

    By all but saying “I’m powerless”?

    Good legislative leaders would prove that

    “I’m not in charge, I’m trying to be in charge”

    - Floridian Rauner, as a governor.

    You are not wrong, bud. Nope.


  117. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 9:43 pm:

    ===Tonight’s debate is not going to change any voter’s mind.===

    This is actually the most optimistic thing that Darren Bailey’s campaign can hope. The extent to which this debate will negatively impact his campaign won’t be immediately clear until the press coverage tries to summarize how things went. Bailey had an opportunity to address his claims about the holocaust and wanted to, instead, suggest that the comment being 5 years old makes it okay now.

    Darren Bailey presents himself as a man who is incapable of acknowledging when he has been wrong, whether it’s on a matter of fact or a matter of principle. He is a liar who has benefited from the fact that it has often been more convenient to ignore him than it has been to take the time to address his bald face lies and misrepresentation. He is a bigot and a hate monger who has benefited from having platforms for his bigotry that tended to promote it to people who already agreed with his hateful ideology.

    He believes he is God’s answer for the problems of the world because he has been allowed to ignore all of the contradictory evidence to that belief.

    This debate does him no favors. He did not hold ground or hold his own. He was an embarrassment to this state and to what the Illinois Republican Party at least used to pretend to be. I am certainly not a neutral nor unbiased in my political views, but I can tell when someone performs so badly that a moderate Republican would rather not vote than vote for whatever it is Bailey is supposed to be.

    Darren Bailey flirts with violent rhetoric and violent insurrectionists because deep down he knows violence is the only way someone like him can ever be the Governor of a state like Illinois and the more time he spends in the press the more that becomes clear to people who would have voted for Rauner or Edgar.


  118. - Levois J - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 9:49 pm:

    Wow! I don’t know about this debate. I feel both of them performed admirably. There was a lot of overtalking more from Bailey than the Governor. Oh snap I see him taking a shot at the Governor about him possibly running for POTUS.


  119. - Radio Frequency - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 9:50 pm:

    1. The moderators let the debate get out of control. If you even want to call it a true debate. I would call it more of a performance than a debate.
    2. Give the candidates a strict 90 seconds to answer questions and a hard 30 second response time.
    3. Get rid of the audience. They didn’t follow the rules and were useless.
    4. Watch the 13th Congressional District debate it you want to see a civilized debate.


  120. - Tim - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 9:55 pm:

    The pace of this one really did feel like a gameshow early. It seemed to slow down toward the end, but 30-60 seconds isn’t enough time to get a response in. Closing statements should have been two minutes; Bailey was clearly caught off-guard there and I’m sure he didn’t want his last words to be “this man is dangerous.”

    I haven’t watched a debate in the last 20 years where I felt the audience added anything except the temptation for the candidate to put on a show for those in attendance. Put these back in a TV studio and drop the audience.


  121. - Mr. Hand - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 10:17 pm:

    This race is about as partisan as it may get. I do not condone Bailey or his policies, but I think he probably won on points at worst was a draw tonight. Nothing to make a measurable difference moving forward.

    It is also much tougher to defend than someone just to point out the problems and offer little solutions.

    The message/feeling is that JB is a superior candidate to DB (may be true), however on the debate stage JB did not articulate in the 30 second - frantic format. Overall, I think Bailey did point out the flaws of the JB administration. He did not offer much alternative, but Pritzker was not sharp in defending his posititions.


  122. - Pot calling kettle - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 10:24 pm:

    The most interesting thing to me were Bailey’s several self-contradictions. Example: The SAF-T act was written quickly at 4am or they were working on it for months. It can’t be both. And his promises to cut spending and also spend more on a bunch of things (or not, it wasn’t clear).

    Also, why complain about the U of I president’s pay but forget to call out the pay to the basketball and football coaches? (Actually, that was a smart move on his part. He knows his base values sports over education.)


  123. - Amalia - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 10:25 pm:

    No idea if any undecideds watched the debate. But Bailey was strong, if lying, denying, and interrupting. That worked for Trump. This is a general. But the first question about crime was not handled as well as it could have been by Pritzker. May not be the top issue by the polls, but the media keeps grabbing it. If that keeps up, and Bailey keeps channeling Trump, election will be closer than expected.


  124. - Downstater - Thursday, Oct 6, 22 @ 10:49 pm:

    wait a sec. I’m from the area Bailey is from, maybe 20 mins away. Everyone I know growing up thinks almost just like him on most issues. And they sound like him as well. He’s pretty representative of the area, as I know it. And also there are Bailey signs EVERYWHERE in that area, even in bigger towns nearby. Lots of Confederate flags too. I wouldn’t have recognized a Confederste flag as a kid. They didn’t exist in my hometown then. Makes sense considering the people in the local graveyard fought and died for the Union army.


  125. - Glengarry - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 1:14 am:

    Bailey was Bailey. Thankfully he isn’t a Christian Nationalist…


  126. - Glengarry - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 1:19 am:

    ISU Pundent is a pundent.


  127. - Glengarry - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 1:20 am:

    Pundit. My phone hates me.


  128. - The Dude - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 4:31 am:

    I thought it was obvious that one of the moderators was going to vote for JB

    Also, I was amazed how bad did JB fumbled the song question which was supposed to be a way to end on a light note. Probably the worst possible answer.


  129. - Academic Union State Employee - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 4:50 am:

    ==AFSCME throws around the 7,000 unfilled positions number every chance they get==

    Haven’t we heard something around that number of unfilled positions the last 10-20 years? Ever since Ryan’s ERI and then through 16 years of turmoil under Blago, Quinn, and Rauner?


  130. - Consider This - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 6:10 am:

    Probably a draw. Poor attempt at debate. Both candidates had talking points they were going to inject regardless if they were relevant to the question or not. Was surprised that Bailey wasn’t called out for being a fixture at the subsidy trough and JB wasn’t called out for his plumbing decisions that allowed him to cheat on his personal state tax liability. Going to have to hold my nose and vote for one of these guys.


  131. - Just Sayin - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 8:00 am:

    ==Going to have to hold my nose and vote for one of these guys==

    There’s also a Libertarian running, Scott Schulter. No one from the Greens, however.


  132. - Ryan - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 8:01 am:

    ==Where is Xenia?==

    38°44′22.6″N 88°38′40.8″W

    This is what millions in farm subsidies and forgiven PPP loans paid for…


  133. - AcademicUnionStateEmployee - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 8:02 am:

    I wonder what the over under is on how many hours from now before we get debate analysis from Jim Edgar.


  134. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 8:07 am:

    ===how many hours===

    Your beef is with news media.

    Your multiple screen names that seemingly ask the same things don’t have multiple answers, it’s the same answer, again and again.


  135. - Big Dipper - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 8:40 am:

    Hard Working Man sounds like one of those porn books Bailey claims is being given to eight-year-olds.


  136. - Downstate dem - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 10:23 am:

    Hurts my ears everytime Darren says “Eh-llinois.” Actually, a lot of stuff he says hurts my ears.


  137. - Teacher Lady - Friday, Oct 7, 22 @ 2:53 pm:

    “…how bad did JB fumbled the song question…”
    It was a dumb question. As the last question in what was supposed to be a serious debate for the candidates for governor in one of the largest states in the US, it was a complete waste of their time and ours. Do better for the next debate.


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