Way better than Chris Matthew's Special about Obama: Berkowitz w/Senate Candidate Dr. Arie Friedman on Cable/Webb

Dr. Arie Friedman (R-Highland Park; Senate Candidate): …the people of Illinois are on the hook for 200 billion dollars in unfunded pension debt…that cannot possibly be paid off,

Jeff Berkowitz: So, what’s the solution?

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You can watch Dr. Arie Friedman (R-Highland Park, 29th Dist. Senate Candidate) on Public Affairs here:

Dr. Arie Friedman (R-Highland Park), candidate for State Senate in the 29th District, and interviewed on “Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz,” on August 1, 2012, is airing tonight throughout the City of Chicago on Cable Ch. 21 at 8:30 pm (CANTV).  Dr. Friedman, a pediatrician who received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and who graduated at the top of his class with an M. D. from the University of Illinois, would be the only doctor to sit in the Illinois state legislature, if elected in the November, 2010 election. Dr. Friedman was a naval SH-60B Seahawk helicopter pilot, having served his country for seven years as an active member of the military, including a deployment to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Desert Storm.

Friedman is vying to succeed State Senator Susan Garrett (a friend of Public Affairs) , who first came to the legislature in 1998 to replace Corinne Wood, who gave up her seat in the State House to become Lt. Governor. Garrett is stepping down this year to pursue other interests.

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The Public Affairs episode with Dr. Arie Friedman, Republican candidate for State Senate in the 29th District, will also air in the Chicago Metro North and Northwest Suburbs, the City of Chicago and in Rockford this week. For the Public Affairs airing schedule in these areas, please go here:

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Dr. Arie Friedman (R-Highland Park; Senate Candidate): …The question people ask me most often:  How are you going to fix the pensions?

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Jeff Berkowitz: Does [Julie Morrison, your opponent] go along with the unions and say the [pensions] should just get more money, more [tax] revenue [to solve the pension issue]?

Dr. Arie Friedman (R-Highland Park; Senate Candidate): Well, certainly they are supporting her.

Jeff Berkowitz: Any specific unions?

Dr. Arie Friedman (R-Highland Park; Senate Candidate): She’s received contributions from AFSCME [American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees], from SEIU [Service employees international union], from various teacher unions.

Jeff Berkowitz: …So, she is a traditional Democrat with traditional labor support?

Dr. Arie Friedman (R-Highland Park; Senate Candidate): Correct.

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Dr. Arie Friedman (R-Highland Park; Senate Candidate): …the people of Illinois are on the hook for 200 billion dollars in unfunded pension debt…that cannot possibly be paid off,

Jeff Berkowitz: So, what’s the solution?

Dr. Arie Friedman (R-Highland Park; Senate Candidate): The solution is we have to reform the pension system. We have to bring those numbers down.

Jeff Berkowitz: Reform means break some promises?

Dr. Arie Friedman (R-Highland Park; Senate Candidate): Absolutely, as awful as that is.

Jeff Berkowitz: [The Illinois taxpayers] cannot pay what people were told would be paid?

Dr. Arie Friedman (R-Highland Park; Senate Candidate): It’s not payable. I didn’t make those promises and I never would have. Those promises were pandering…

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Dr. Arie Friedman, from his video interview of August 1, 2012 on Public Affairs.

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Ms. Morrison, Dr. Friedman’s Democratic opponent for the 29th State Senate District seat, has declined numerous invitations to appear separately (or jointly with Dr. Friedman) on "Public Affairs," including on the occasion of Dr. Friedman’s August 1, 2012 taping, referring to scheduling conflicts. Ms. Morrison also declined to do an off camera interview with Mr. Berkowitz, but she did offer to respond to written questions. Public Affairs, being fair and balanced, continues to offer Ms. Morrison an opportunity to appear on “Public Affairs," so our viewers can see her debating and discussing the important state legislative policy issues.”

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