Joe Sestak is a retired vice admiral and now a Pennsylvania congressman. Saxby Chambliss is a senator from Georgia, where the F-22 is assembled.
They did not actually debate each other at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) this morning. Chambliss spoke first in favor of extending F-22 production, then left for a Senate vote while Sestak argued against it.
It will be several more weeks before the F-22 debate in Congress in earnest. The Department of Defense is not expected to deliver its final budget request until at least mid-May. But the remarks by Sestak and Chambliss provide a worthy preview of the arguments on both sides.
One note about the technology. It was my first time using the Vado flip cam I bought yesterday. Unfortunately, I didn’t receive my tripod until tonight. The video is shaky and unfocused in places. Please bear with me this one time.