Senator Menendez Heads Into Campaign’s Final 30 Days With Fierce Momentum
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, October 08, 2012, 01:02 PM EDT
The Philadelphia Inquirer endorses Menendez; Columnists at The Record and The Star-Ledger cited Menendez’s superior debate performance
With 30 days to go until Election Day, U.S Senator Bob Menendez continues to gain significant momentum in the 2012 race for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey.
“We greatly appreciate The Philadelphia Inquirer’s acknowledgement of Senator Menendez ‘fiercely’ advocating for New Jersey’s middle class and those who aspire to enter it – as well as his working for women’s health care and paycheck equity, consumer protections against financial institutions, and making college more affordable,” said Menendez For Senate Campaign Manager Mike Soliman.
“Senator Menendez has also been recognized for his command of the issues that permeate this race, as well as his keen ability to give a direct answer to a direct question, during Thursday’s debate. There is still much work to be done in these next 30 days, and Senator Menendez will continue to take nothing for granted between now and November 6.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed Senator Menendez today citing his “fiercely” advocating for the middle class and most vulnerable Americans. It is the first major newspaper endorsement of the race.
“He helped pass the Affordable Care Act, has championed better health care and pay equity for women, battled credit-card companies and airlines to disclose hidden fees to consumers, and worked to ease home-mortgage refinancing, increase college aid, and cut student-loan costs. Menendez has worked with Republicans to fund autism care and to subsidize housing for the disabled. The voters of New Jersey should give him another term.”
- The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 7, 2012
In her column for The Record today, Brigid Callahan Harrison, Montclair State University professor of political science and law, gave Senator Menendez high marks for his debate performance on Tuesday.
“In Thursday’s New Jersey U.S. Senate debate between Democratic incumbent Sen. Bob Menendez and Republican state Sen. Joe Kyrillos experience really did seem to matter. And the wonkish Menendez came across as knowledgeable, commanding and statesmanlike. It was not that Kyrillos’ responses were not good. But in Menendez, we could see the value of the tireless toiling, the intimate familiarity with all subjects and the ability to call up the details instantly.”
- Brigid Callahan Harrison, The Record, October 7, 2012
And in today’s edition of The Star-Ledger, conservative-leaning columnist Paul Mulshine also noted the profound difference in styles between the two candidates.
“In his debate Thursday night against incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez, Kyrillos gave the impression he was engaged in a filibuster rather than an argument. He proceeded to produce platitude after platitude. When abortion came up, the doctor’s son pronounced it a “very, very serious subject.” After some ruminations, he went on to announce that “I have advocated some pro-life initiatives, but I believe at the end of the day people have to make up own mind.”
That prompted Menendez to quip that his opponent is “not pro-choice; he’s multiple choice.”
-Paul Mulshine, The Star-Ledger, October 7, 2012