Merkley at FireDogLake

FireDogLake is one of the busiest blogs in the progressive blogosphere (roughly 10x BlueOregon) - and is part of the very active BlueAmerica fundraising coalition that has already raised over $329,000 this year for candidates (and $545,000 in 2006).

Last night, FireDogLake and BlueAmerica hosted a live-blog with Jeff Merkley:

A few weeks ago Blue America looked at the Democratic primary for the Senate seat in Oregon and endorsed both candidates, Jeff Merkley and Steve Novick. Each looked like an absolutely excellent progressive leader who would be an incredible step up from Bush rubber stamp and faux moderate Gordon Smith. ...

Blue America had promised to invite whichever of the two contenders who was chosen by Oregon voters over to FDL to meet our community and Jeff has taken some time out of his busy schedule today to do just that. ...

One of the reasons we are so enthusiastic about him-- despite his being the choice of Chuck Schumer and the Democratic insiders-- is that Jeff has vowed to take on the special interests, like the big insurance companies and big drug companies who underwrite Schumer's power. Jeff has always fought for ordinary Oregonian families and everything in his record points to him continuing to do that in Washington. He understands the difference between so-called "free" trade and fair trade and will stand up to the big corporate interests pushing mindless bottom-line globalization. He's a vocal supporter of closing tax loopholes for corporations that ship jobs overseas. He opposes the occupation of Iraq and has endorsed the Responsible Plan to End the War.

Head over to FireDogLake to dig into the questions they posed - and the answers Jeff gave. Discuss over there.


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