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US Representative Candidates Debate In Mitchell

August 19, 2014, 6:02 PM by Leland Steva

US Representative Candidates Debate In Mitchell

The campaign for U.S. Representative is in full swing as the two candidates fighting for the lone South Dakota spot in Washington had their first official debate on Tuesday.

Under the Dakotafest tent, the two candidates weighed in on hot topics. People in the crowd were able to submit questions. One of the big issues was the Affordable Care Act, which incumbent Kristi Noem has been against for years. 

"I believe the way to really fix our health care is to go out and create competition in the insurance industry. We should be able to buy insurance anywhere in this country. We shouldn't be limited by state lines," Noem said.

Noem's Campaign Website

Democratic candidate, Corinna Robinson, disagrees with Noem. She believes the health care law is something the country desperately needed.

"The Affordable Care Act was a good thing. It was a long-time coming. We couldn't continue to let millions of folks mature in our environment and not have health care.  Especially preventative health care; it costs too much," Robinson said.

Robinson's Campaign Website

The candidates also addressed the Keystone XL Pipeline, the new Farm Bill and how to handle critical infrastructure in the state.

Like the two candidates, the crowd watching the debate had differing opinions. David Fick likes what he heard from Noem, especially in terms of helping his farm.

"Ag is the number one industry in the state of South Dakota, and she knows what she's talking about," Fick said.

Paul Widman says he was impressed with how Robinson handled herself in her first official debate.

"She's somebody that I think can go in there and compromise and work with both sides of the aisle and maybe get something done with what I call a do-nothing Congress," Widman said.

No matter what was said, and who was swayed, it's still a long road to Election Day.

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