ATLANTA (AP) — Candidates in two closely contested suburban Atlanta U.S. House districts continued to clash Tuesday over their views on health care, the pandemic response and the size of government.
Those disagreements were aired in two debates sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club. One was between 6th Congressional District incumbent Lucy McBath, a Democrat, and Republican Karen Handel, the woman McBath unseated in a narrow 2018 victory. Slightly less sharp was a debate between candidates in the neighboring 7th District, where Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux is trying to claim an open seat after falling just short of beating Republican incumbent Rob Woodall in 2018. With Woodall stepping down, Republican Rich McCormick is trying to hold the seat for his party.
Both races are among the most competitive in the nation, with Democrats gaining ground in what was once reliably Republican turf. The 6th District, Georgia’s most affluent, stretches across parts
Republican Martha McSally relentlessly attacked Democrat Mark Kelly on Tuesday in the only face-to-face debate in Arizona’s U.S. Senate race, painting him as an unprincipled millionaire willing to take money from Communist China and serve as an accomplice to his party’s liberal agenda.
Again and again through the 90-minute event, McSally, R-Ariz., called her opponent, the race’s front-runner in polls and fundraising, “counterfeit Kelly” and suggested he would empower Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to take radical steps toward socialism.
“He’s Chuck Schumer’s star recruit. … He just won’t answer honestly to you, Arizona,” McSally said early in the debate.
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Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and his Republican challenger shared the debate stage Saturday night in their second meeting ahead of Election Day in Norfolk, Va.
Warner and Republican challenger Daniel Gade, a wounded Army veteran turned college professor, sparred over the economy, health care, coronavirus relief, and other issues at Norfolk State University, a historically Black university (HBCU). It was the first U.S. Senate debate hosted at the 85-year-old institution.
Many of the questions asked of the two White candidates involved racial disparities.
Early on, they were asked about President Trump’s comments on a deadly, racially charged Charlottesville incident in 2017 and his handling of a similar question during Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland.
“The president badly fumbled that question … and he badly fumbled it in the Charlottesville case as well,” Gade said. “I disavow racism, I disavow white supremacy, and it has no place in our
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Republican Peter Meijer and Democrat Hillary Scholten, who are vying to replace U.S. Rep. Justin Amash in Congress, spared over health care and “misleading” campaign advertisements in a debate Thursday night but found common ground on the need for a second coronavirus stimulus package.
One of the biggest topics of the debate, broadcast on WOOD-TV, was the Affordable Care Act.
Scholten, who worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama administration, criticized Meijer for pledging to support a repeal of the health care law if elected. Meijer has signed a pledge from the conservative group, Campaign for Liberty, that stated he would “support legislation to fully repeal ObamaCare and oppose efforts to give the federal government more control of health care.”
“A million people in Michigan would lose their health care coverage without this law,” said Scholten, 38. “It is so crucial that we fight
President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden clashed in the opening moments of Tuesday’s debate over the Trump administration’s effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act in the Supreme Court.
The opening question of the first presidential debate was about the vacancy on the Supreme Court but Biden immediately pivoted to the issue of health care, driving home a theme that Democrats have been hammering all week: that the future of ObamaCare is at risk in the Supreme Court.
He pointed out Trump is supporting a GOP lawsuit seeking to end the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in that case just one week after Election Day, on Nov. 10.
“He’s in the Supreme Court right now trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act,” Biden said.