Supporters React To Schmookler-Goodlatte Debate

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

The candidates running for congress in Virginia's sixth district face off for the second time.

The debate at Turner Ashby high school had a big crowd with supporters from each side.

Supporters said they're glad to see a live debate before they cast their vote.

For Bob Goodlatte and Andy Schmookler's second debate.

Students asked the questions ranging from higher education to hydrofracking.

But the topic that came up in every answer had to do with spending, debt and jobs.

Monika Kienzle is watching Andy Schmookler debate for the first time.

"I'm very impressed with his positions, he speaks to my heart," Kienzle said.

Andy Schmookler said republicans are not helping put the country back in track.

" I will be delighted to work with any republican who is willing and eager to solve our nation's problems but not if they wanna fight even against their own ideas just for partisan advantage," Schmookler said.

Kienzle said republicans have blocked every law the president has tried to pass.

After they were... defeated in the election in 2008 to come back was to make the government fail," Kienzle said.

Incumbent Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte said democrats are the ones holding back progress.

He said the Senate has not considered bills passed in the House of Representatives

"Pass something so we can then sit down like the process is supposed to work, negotiate the differences between the house and the senate and then send the president one upon and agreed bill," Goodlatte said.

Suzanne Curran who supports Goodlatte said democrats are the ones halting progress.

"Mr. Obama and his senate led by Harry Reid have been the most divisive. They have not worked in a bipartisan format at all," Curran said.

She also said she's concerned about the hidden costs of Obama's healthcare law, a point Goodlatte brought up during the debate.

"The more than three percent sales tax on homes just to pay for Obamacare, I find that deeply offensive," Curran said.

Goodlatte's bigger push during the debate was to cut spending and reduce debt.

While Schmookler pushed his goal to provide more services to average Americans.

They also talked about other topics like higher education costs, transportation, defense spending and the Dream Act.

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