Final Debate for 6th District Congressional Candidates
Lynchburg, VA - At Liberty University Tuesday, the third and final debate between 6th District Congressional Candidates Bob Goodlatte and Andy Schmookler, was held. And they made sure to get it all out in the open.
For an hour, they went head to head on some of the district's hottest topics. Knowing, it was their final chance to convince voters.
"Welcome to the sixth district congressional debate," announced Rex Hammond, the President of the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, host of the debate.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Challenger Andy Schmookler fielded questions on everything from the environment to healthcare.
One question from ABC 13's Noreen Turyn, asked these partisan politicians to step out of their party's comfort zone, and to point out an area where they either support or disagree with President Obama's Health Care Reform Act.
"Those community health centers, before Obamacare, they helped 20 million Americans with primary health care. With Obamacare, it's expanded. I support that expansion," said Goodlatte.
"Obamacare isn't all that I'd like it to be, but it is a step in the right direction. And most of what I've heard from Mr. Goodlatte about it being a government takeover, about it increasing our debt, about it being a job killer, it is simply false," said Schmookler.
On the campus of Liberty University, an appropriate and important question, "What should the federal government do to help lower tuition rates?" asked Mari White of WLNI talk radio.
"Well the federal government should not become involved in imposing price control on private liberal arts institutions like Liberty University," responded Goodlatte.
"Education should be a right, and then we should then ask for some kind of service in return, because we are all in this together," said Schmookler.
The debate continued, touching on everything from privatizing Amtrak, to abortion; leaving this audience with way more answers than questions.
"I think that's a very important issue. And I think that Andy Schmookler that this is between a woman, her doctor, and her god, is the right answer," said one woman.
"I felt that Bob Goodlatte more effectively answered the questions that were presented to him," said a Liberty student.
The two candidates may not have any more debates ahead of them, but with the election only three weeks away, they have plenty of campaigning left to do.