Duffy, Kreitlow Hung Up On Voting Records in Final Debate
Posted at: 11/01/2012 11:04 PM
| Updated at: 11/01/2012 11:06 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
In one final debate, the political fists were flying between candidates in Wisconsin's Seventh Congressional District race.
At the University of Wisconsin-Superior Thursday, Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisconsin, and Pat Kreitlow, a former Democratic state senator, attacked the other's voting record.
It was a 60-minute debate, and nearly the entire time, Duffy attacked Kreitlow's voting record, then Kreitlow attacked back.
About 15 minutes after the debate began, Duffy jabbed at Kreitlow, telling the crowd, "as a state senator, he has a very clear record. He raised taxes on every hard working Wisconsin family that gets a paycheck."
Kreitlow fired back, saying Duffy "voted to eliminate deductions that middle class depend on. His vote would cause their taxes to go up $1,400 dollars a year. And the average millionaire would get a tax cut?"
Those remarks began toward the beginning of the evening, but near the tail end of the debate, the candidates had a brief exchange about members of congress and their paychecks.
Duffy told the crowd he has voted to cut the pay of the members of Congress. But Kreitlow said Duffy's "putting himself ahead of you [voters]."
While they were few, there were civil moments during the debate.
In light of Hurricane Sandy, and controversial comments made by Republican Mitt Romney regarding FEMA, the candidates were asked about FEMA's involvement in disaster response. Both candidates say local communities need to be the lead in disaster response situations, but agreed a federal component is necessary.