Candidates for Congress Debate at Bridgewater

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Candidates in Virginia's 6th congressional district had their second debate at the Turner Ashby high school auditorium on Monday.

A big crowd showed up at the debate to support each candidate.

Supporters from both sides of the aisle are glad to be able to see their candidate before casting their vote.

Incumbent Bob Goodlatte said it's important to balance the budget and cut spending.

He said the healthcare reform increases spending and taxes for homeowners.

Democratic candidate Andy Schmookler said republicans want to cut programs that serve average Americans.

He said Obama's healthcare law will help cut down costs but more should be done.

Students asked the candidates about the costs of higher education.

Schmookler said the government should help more students attend college.

"I would say what we should do at the federal level is increase is more Pell grants better loans and also at the state level stop having the burden shifted on to families that are already struggling," Schmookler said.

Goodlatte said he thinks states and private institutions should try to keep costs down.

The candidates also discussed issues like hydrofracking for natural gas, transportation and defense spending.

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