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Bostic's Bold - and Bizarre - Teleconference

A recent teleconference by the Bostic campaign seemed to have intentions of appealing to moderate voters; instead, it only drove us away.

“Why is Curtis Bostic’s campaign telephoning me?” I wondered Monday night when I got the call, which included invitation to participate in a teleconference with the Republican candidate.

Although his intentions may have been to broaden his appeal to moderate voters, who seemed to make up the majority of the participants, Bostic may have only painted himself into a far-right corner, driving us away.

On the evening of March 25, his campaign organized a conference call by robodial invitation. Interested persons were allowed to submit questions; Bostic’s team selected some for the Republican candidate to answer directly while all participants listened.

In his opening address, Bostic asserted that his stances were non-partisan, and that he was interested in “working with Democrats” and “crossing the aisle” as the 1st District’s representative in order to achieve results. That supported my initial assumption that he was trying to build up support from the other side.

For the rest of the 90-minute teleconference, though, Bostic gave some responses that were not only very far-right, but factually incorrect, too – even bizarre.

When asked for his position on gun control, for example, Bostic said “When the Revolutionary War was over, the Founding Fathers said ‘Take your assault rifle home with you.’”

Actual assault weapons – selective-fire rifles that shoot mid-sized cartridges from detachable magazines – were not developed until the 20th Century, however.

Bostic’s incorrect statement on history was compounded by a clear clash with public opinion, too. A 61-percent majority of Americans agree that type of weapon should be restricted, and even though he said he doesn’t support universal background checks, 91 percent of the country does.

When closing this subject, Bostic suggested that assault weapons only be addressed in the home and not in the House, saying “family is a key solution to the problems we have today.”

Another standout statement from Bostic’s teleconference came when he was asked about support for the military. He broke away from his “stop spending” campaign slogan in this instance, calling for an increased defense budget.

His argument for this premise is incorrect, however.

“Most people don’t know this,” Bostic said; “military spending since 1976 is actually down, almost two percent, and despite two wars.”

Total military spending for the current fiscal year exceeds $750 billion, however (totaling $852.2 billion when including veterans’ benefits). That’s roughly two and a half times greater than the 1976 budget, even when consistently applying current dollar values.

Other teleconference comments issued by Bostic included his support for privatizing Social Security and cuts to Medicare, an end to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Dept. of Energy, and “Congress needs to be bold enough to defund (the Affordable Care Act).”

Aside from the one senior who made it clear she didn’t appreciate any risk to Social Security (it’s her money that she paid for herself, she pointed out), other participants who got to ask questions seemed filtered – plants, even.

That’s quite common, though, says Lachlan McIntosh, campaign consultant and proprietor of McIntosh Consulting.

“It’s not unusual for insecure candidates who fear questions out of their comfort zone to try to tightly control who gets to ask,” McIntosh says.

Bostic needs to gain considerable support for the April 2 runoff election, according to a recent poll which found him to trail Mark Sanford 40 percent to 53 percent. Bostic only scored majority approval from voters who declare themselves to be “very conservative,” and still trailed Sanford even though the former governor had no majority approval from any category.

But Monday night’s teleconference didn’t do Bostic any good. While he may have attempted to pull in moderate support, all he did was push us away.

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Tom Bess March 31, 2013 at 03:09 PM
And... that will leave us with one single candidate.. SHE surely will cross the aisle as all Democrats do.
stanley seigler March 31, 2013 at 04:06 PM
@JoSCh re: we all know what we're doing and everybody can see who is posting [whatever] since we all know...perhaps no one should post...facetiousness aside... are we getting close to what the old saw (or someone) say : 'Don't argue with idiots. They'll drag you down to their level and beat you...with experience,'
JoSCh April 01, 2013 at 06:20 PM
@ John, "My calling them out is an attempt to solicit these opposing opinions." Good luck. Also lol @ me incorrectly correcting your their to they're. Some of these people are slipping, I'd have been on them like a spider monkey. @stan, I don't (wholesale) believe in old saws and I don't get beat by idiots.
JoSCh April 01, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Hey Tom Bess, curious if the all caps "SHE" was a keyboard mistake or if your misogyny is showing. / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4smim2MNvF8 // Paul Ryan'd
Robert Ponce April 05, 2013 at 09:01 AM
"Bostic said “When the Revolutionary War was over...."-- The British were warned by that hard-ridin' Silversmith- Paul Revere, that we weren't gonna take it anymore!"-- Words and Music by Bachmann and Little 1/2 Term.

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