US Congressional candidates debate
Candidates for the 4th congressional district
Updated: Tuesday, 19 Oct 2010, 10:56 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 18 Oct 2010, 10:01 PM EDT
* Tiffanie Dismore
FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) -
Candidates for the US House or Representatives for the fourth district met at the Frankfort Community Library for a forum where audience members could submit questions to the three.
Libertarian candidate John Duncan, Democrat David Sanders and Republican Todd Rokita answered inquiries about how to reduce the nation’s debt.
“Chief among them is a constitutional amendment to cap spending at 20% of the GDP,” Rokita said during the debate.
“We go with the GAO (Government Accountability Office) and the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) and their plans as far as the waste fraud. It’s not just with the military, but that is a good start. We can also shrink our military,” Duncan said during the debate.
“It is not in my control to make sure that that does happen. What I can control is my own individual vote. I will be voting for a reduction in spending,” Sanders said during the debate.
People in attendance also submitted questions about the health care reform bill and whether government should play a role in health care.
“What I have heard people say is that they don’t like the individual mandates for health insurance. I hear that enough from my constituents, I would be willing to vote to get rid of that,” Sanders said.
“It doesn’t actually address health care affordability. What it does is require everyone to carry insurance that does not actually address the cost related to health care. If it is health care reform, we needed to reform health care,” Duncan said.
“I don’t believe government can make decisions for us better than we can. The socialize medicine that is Obama-care takes it all away from us. It puts a government bureaucrat between us and our doctor,” Rokita said.
The last question the candidates addressed was immigration laws. All three agreed that if someone is in the US illegally, they should be deported and must come into this country in a legal way.