Key Points of 8th Debate Walsh, Duckworth on Immigration, Islam -BYLN- by Kerry Lester Politics and Projects Writer Klester@dailyherald.com by Kerry Lester Politics and Projects Writer Klester@dailyherald.Com

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Controversial comments made by Congressman Joe Walsh earlier this summer about "radical Islam's" roots in the suburbs took center stage at the second debate between 8th Congressional District candidates Friday night.

Walsh, of McHenry, defended his statements that a "radical strain" of Islam is a "real threat" in towns big and small across the country, including in Addison, Elgin and Elk Grove Village -- comments that some Muslim-Americans have blamed for a rash of violence in the area.

Friday, at the 9:30 p.m. live debate on Fox Chicago, the prolific Tea Partyer maintained that "political correctness" is "going to kill this country."

His opponent, Democrat Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, accused him of propagating fear and hate and isolating the growing number of Muslims in the suburban district centered in Schaumburg and containing portions of Cook, Kane and DuPage counties.

"I think you identifying three specific towns ... puts a lot of Americans at risk," Duckworth said. "The office that you occupy carries a lot of weight. We shouldn't be surprised when extreme words take extreme actions."

This was the second debate for the two candidates -- the Tea Party media darling and the famed Iraq War veteran -- in the race at the very top of Democrats' list in their drive to reclaim the House.

It was evident, once again in the hourlong broadcast, that voters have a clear choice between the two come November. …