Unraveling the Rhetoric

What makes a person liberal or conservative, a Republican or Democrat?  Who are their heroes in American history and today?  What do candidates mean when they speak of "limited Government" or "the social safety net"?  Where is "the mainstream"?  Who are "the special interests"?  Take a step back from the current electoral debates for a Community Conversation that will seek to define terms and contrast positions.

Debra Preston, Conklin Town Supervisor and chair of the Broome County Republican Committee
Jim Testani, participation in government teacher at Johnson City Senior High School and chair of the Johnson City Democratic Party
Dr. David Cingranelli, professor of political science at Binghamton University