Victoria Spartz, Christina Hale square off in 5th congressional district forum

Victoria Spartz, Christina Hale square off in 5th congressional district forum

Indiana’s 5th Congressional District candidates Victoria Spartz and Christina Hale drew divisions on health care, guns, abortion and racial bias during a town hall-style forum Tuesday night. Republican Spartz and Democrat Hale are running to replace retiring Republican Rep. Susan Brooks in the historically Republican district that stretches from the northern part of Marion County to the city of Marion. The virtual forum was hosted by Indiana Town Halls, which describes itself on its website as "a start-up organization whose purpose is to empower citizen engagement in democracy through moderated, civil two-way listening and learning forums.” Libertarian Ken Tucker is also runnng but was not part of the forum. Some polls show a tight race between Spartz and Hale , and Democrats at the national level have identified it as a district with a good chance of being flipped from red to blue. Two political analysis groups, Sabato’s Crystal Ball and Cook Political Report, now consider the race a toss-up. More: How Victoria Spartz’s Ukrainian roots influence her conservative values Spartz and Hale also discussed the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Hale describing it as a failure and Spartz saying it was a chance to learn. “The Trump administration had plenty of warning” about the threat, Hale said, but “we had states and hospitals fighting each other” for supplies. “The virus is important, it is unprecedented,” Spartz said. “Our government has to think about how to be more efficient. We have to have better tools. Sometimes a […]

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