The following are highlights from his answers.
On how he plans to defeat Gov. Rell:
You beat Jodi Rell by offering a contrast. We Dem's think affordable, universal health care a smart thing - and the right thing - to do. Jodi thinks, well... nothing. That the current system is fine. Then we raise the field op and the $$$ to tell the story. That's how.
Responding to a teacher's question about public schools in Bridgeport and around the state:
We help Bridgeport by strengthening curriculum and providing support to the teacher corps to be prepared to deliver it. We focus to closing the achievement gap by offering pre-k and afterschool programming. Let's focus less on the NCLB standards and more on academic achievement.
By the way we have to change the way we pay for public schools. Less property tax based - more state aid - let's look at income based taxes.
On how DeStefano's proposed healthcare plan differs from Massachusetts:
Similar to Massachusetts in prevention, portability and pooling costs. Different in that we pay for it by repealing corporate loopholes and instead of requiring companies to sign up and penalizing them if they don't - by cutting their income taxes to $0 (companies < 50) or in half (comapanies > 51).
It's always great to see politicians show up at sites like MLN. As November approaches I hope that more candidates will follow Mayor DeStefano's live blogging lead.