GOP Debate Highlights Gun Rights, Dairy Crisis, Mental Health Ahead Of 7th District Special Election Primary

GOP Debate Highlights Gun Rights, Dairy Crisis, Mental Health Ahead Of 7th District Special Election Primary

Republican candidates in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District leaned into their biographical differences in a debate Thursday that saw few disagreements on policy. State Sen. Tom Tiffany and Afghanistan War veteran Jason Church appeared on WPR for a debate broadcast across the district, which encompasses central and northwestern Wisconsin. A primary in the special election, called following the resignation of former U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy in September, will happen Feb. 18. The general election will be May 12. The Republican candidates agreed that the federal deficit was out of control; they agreed that raising taxes was not an acceptable way to lower the deficit, and they both steered clear of offering specifics in how they would seek to address it. They agreed that the Trump administration’s killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani made Americans safer. They agreed that proposals to expand the federal Medicare program to all Americans would devastate the U.S. health care system. In the absence of policy disputes, Tiffany and Church made separate pitches to voters based on their different life experiences. Tiffany spoke about growing up on a dairy farm, owning a small business and serving as a legislator where, he said, "I have a proven record as a reformer." Church, who lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan, said he wants to represent the 7th out of a desire to remain in public service. "I never wanted to be in politics," Church said in a closing statement. In a swipe at Tiffany, who […]

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