FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - There were plenty of jabs and counter punches at the first official 3rd District Congressional Debate tonight on the IPFW Campus.
Libertarian Scott Wise, Democrat Tom Hayhurst and Republican Marlin Stutzman touched on everything from health care to illegal immigration and even found some common ground.
All three said they supported sealing the border to stop illegal immigration. They also agreed that jobs is the number one priority, and that the Bush tax cuts should be extended to all tax brackets.
As for health care, they say the new reform bill needs to be fixed. All agreed that there is too much government regulation.
But contrasts emerged when the topic of Barack Obama was brought up. When asked to give the President a grade, Democrat Hayhurst was the only one to issue a passing one.
Wise said, "This is not a country where we have central government control. We need individuals to step up and do the right thing. That includes our President. I am very disturbed at the direction our country is taking."
Hayhurst said, " I think our President has learned many lessons. He's developed into a better leader. He's made numerous mistakes along the way and hasn't told us about all the good things that have happened. For instance, global nuclear disarmament, 46 nations got together to work on that. So I think he's making progress. I'll giving him a C, maybe a C+, but I think he has a long way to go."
Stutzman said, "I think we've actually been a disaster. I think the federal government had a real opportunity to get the economy moving again. Instead what they chose to do, is to spend almost one-trillion dollars worth of our tax dollars."
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