Evans' story does not engage in any speculation regarding the performance of either candidate. He does, however, provide a fair assessment of what was said by the candidates. On Dickerson, he writes:
Dickerson took the opportunity to tell voters it is time for a change.
"We're in a new century," Dickerson said. "It takes new ideas, new vitality and new leadership. This country has got to start moving forward again."
While not directly criticizing Carson, Dickerson made several references to the records of some members of Congress.
"Having a good heart doesn't mean that you should hold a high leadership position," he said. "It is about what you can deliver -- it's not about what you hope will happen . . . I'm trying to focus on solutions."
Dickerson lamented the conventional wisdom that Congressional candidates must raise large amounts of money to seek office, saying every donation comes with "strings attached." He also supported most mainstream Republican views on Iraq and domestic spying.
Evans describes Carson's efforts to portray herself as a public servant and not a politician:
Calling herself a public servant, not a politician, Carson said her focus is on domestic issues, including the rights of women, children and senior citizens. She also slammed President Bush and the Republican-controlled House and Senate for jumping "into a war we didn't need to."
"We went after the wrong enemy in the wrong way," said Carson, one of the few members of Congress to vote against going into Iraq.
Carson said that doesn't mean she is not supportive of American troops and their families. To the contrary, she said, the administration has failed to support our troops by sending them into action without adequate ammunition, equipment, vehicles or plans.
Carson said she hopes voters elect a majority of Democrats to the House and Senate next month "so we can resolve this issue in a sane and responsible way."
Evans notes the event organizer, Connie Wick, was "pleased with the exchange of ideas and the civil tone of the evening." I had a brief opportunity to speak to Evans following the debate. I would note that the debate didn't end until 8:45 p.m. so he had a very short deadline to get his story submitted. I add with disappointment that among area TV stations only WRTV bothered to showed up to cover the event. WISH-TV's Jim Shella, who sees himself as the top broadcast political reporter in Indianapolis, didn't bother with the event. If you hold yourself out as a political reporter, how can you possibly not attend an event like this? Is at any wonder he seems so ill-informed when he discusses this race on Indiana Week In Review?