OMAHA (KPTM) – Monday, voters in the 2nd Congressional District didn't have to watch any ads on television because they got a chance to hear directly from Congressional candidate Lee Terry and John Ewing themselves in their first of two debates. All of this follows last week's controversy over accused, false political ads.
The Omaha World-Herald and University of Nebraska at Omaha Television sponsored the debate.
Sitting to the right of the table, Republican U.S. Representative Lee Terry. He chatted with a University of Nebraska at Omaha student and remained calm.
Sitting to the left of the table was Democratic challenger, Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing. Ewing too remained calm, while he fixed his microphone.
Then it was lights, camera—debate.
"Lee Terry has not been a fiscal conservative," Ewing said. "I am the only one in this race whose cut government spending."
Ewing accused Terry of only highlighting, during the debate, the legislation he passed in the House, but left out 30 legislations Ewing said are not budget friendly.
Ewing then moved on to talk about his success record during
his time as a police lieutenant. He said while working in the Special Victims
Unit, he helped the Judiciary Committee pass laws that made it easier to
prosecute child molesters and spousal abusers.
"I was able to get more legislation passed in 17 months than the current congressman in 14 years," Ewing said.
Terry shot back.
"You're a treasurer. You collect taxes from people. You don't pass legislation."
Terry highlighted his support for the Keystone Pipeline and Natural Gas laws that went to President Barack Obama's desk. Terry also talked about his push to help veterans get back to work.
The candidates were asked which specific areas they would cut from the federal budget.
Ewing answered, "Smart cuts in defense. And quit being the policemen of
Terry admitted he supports military spending, but would cut other areas first.
"The welfare programs. There was an increase of 85 percent over the last three years. And this is wrapped up in the Farm Bill."
With the election now three weeks away, hopefully Monday night's debate will help bring voters one step closer to making up their minds on who to vote for.
The second and final debate will be Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Omaha Press Club.
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