Walorski, Hackett take on the issues during the 2nd Congressional Debate

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The 2nd Congressional District debate between Republican incumbent Jackie Walorski and her Democratic challenger Pat Hackett was a fiery contest, as times.

The two debated Washington D.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, health care coverage and pre-existing conditions, aid to farmers, tax policy, the national debt, immigration, and other topics on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Watch the debate below:

Much of the debate focused on healthcare, specifically the coronavirus pandemic and Obamacare, as well as the American economy.

Walorski called President Trump’s leadership through the coronavirus “incredible.”

“We do have a national plan and that plan is being worked through the infrastructure of the states,” Walorski said. “That’s how the money has come down through the CARES Act. That’s how the supplies have come down.”

Hackett called the White House’s response to the pandemic “appalling” and that Walorski has allowed it to happen.

“She (Walorski) subsequently has opposed any effort to give relief to the people of this district and the American people the last six months,” Hackett said. “It’s unconscionable and a dereliction of duty.”

Walorski disagreed, pointing to a bill from the Senate that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not bringing to the floor. Hackett said there should also be nationwide mask mandates imposed in order to stop the spread of the virus.

On healthcare, Hackett said Walorski was wrong to vote in favor of efforts to get rid of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate saying that it’s because of that that insurance premiums on the ACA marketplaces have gone up.

“I find it wild that my opponent would talk about things like healthcare and taking care of people and she supports a healthcare plan that would take our employer-sponsored healthcare away from every Hoosier,” said Walorski.

On the economy, Hackett said she would support an effort to repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act pushed for by President Trump early in his presidency.

“I am a responsible capitalist,” Hackett said. “Jackie Walorski is not. She voted for the greatest tax gift for the wealthy ever. Stratified wealth. Blew up our deficit.”

“The whole purpose of that (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) was not giving a cut to the wealthy, that already pay millions of dollars in taxes and employ millions of people,” Walorski retorted. “The tax cuts went to the kitchen table where people live and the people are.”

Walorski said the tax cuts “injected” money back into the American family.

The debate Wednesday night was the only time the two candidates will debate in the second congressional district. Election Day is less than a week away.

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Slacker06 October 29, 2020 at 1:26 pm

Nothing but emotocrat talking points from hacker the hack.

Unfortunately, if elected, hacker will take an oath of office she does not intend to abide by. Why vote for that?

Where are the studies that prove masks stop viruses???? There are no studies just tyrannical opinions trying to scare people from the poles next week. This is a voter suppression scheme run by emotocrats.

Are you walking around Walmart or other places? then you can go vote!

Charles U Farley October 29, 2020 at 2:38 pm

Hackett claims to be a “responsible capitalist”, but she doesn’t understand how tax cuts work or what the Laffer curve is. She’s a typical ignorant leftist repeating what she’s been told.

Thor October 29, 2020 at 3:27 pm

What they said…Hackett is a power hungry tyrant that wants all of your money so she can tell you how to live.

Carman Greenlee October 29, 2020 at 4:19 pm

I honestly though she was a he a first. wow. NOT good for Indiana.

Bob October 29, 2020 at 4:53 pm

Hackett is just another B. Patrick Bauer style inept democrat without an original idea. Interested in power, not governance, like every other democrat in the country. Jackie has excelled in the job. Keep her there, rout out the socialist democrats like Hackett, AOC, Pelosi, Omar, Tlaib and Hillary.

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