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Eye On Boise

Closing comments: ‘Why I’m such an extremist’

Here are some quotes from the candidates in their closing comments in the "Idaho Debates" 2nd Congressional District debate tonight:

Chick Heileson: "I've been accused of being an extremist. ... The Supreme Court is not the law of the land, they have to follow the Constitution just like everybody else. ... The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, it is not up to interpretation, it is to be adhered to, that's why I'm such an extremist for it."
Incumbent Mike Simpson: Simpson thanked both his opponents for running for Congress, saying, "I think elections are important. We've discussed some real important issues." He also listed other issues, from the national debt to foreign threats. "These are serious problems, and we need serious people to face these problems."
Russ Mathews: "This election is about a vote of confidence, it's about what is to be done and who is going to do it. I have a record of keeping all my campaign promises." He added, "I've had some experience on Capitol Hill many years ago. I don't consider myself to be an insider, but one who can hit the ground running."

To watch the debate online, go to

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