With the midterm elections less than three weeks away, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and opponent Scott Wallace made their cases to more than 400 likely voters Friday morning at public forum hosted by the League of Women Voters.
Held in a packed auditorium at the Life Sciences Building of Delaware Valley University, the forum was moderated by the League’s own Sandra Matsen and Co-Chair Government and Veterans Affairs Committee Carlo Borgia of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce.
In the style of a forum, each candidate was asked the same question and answered in alternating order. No rebuttals were allowed so answers to questions would focus on policy instead of personal attacks.
“I think the League overall was very pleased with the forum. We had a lot of good discussion of a lot of issues affecting the voters of Bucks County,” Bucks League Co-President Jan Hendershot said. “Both Sandra and Carol have been moderating these Bucks County League congressional debates for quite a few years. I think they did well.”
Many issues were discussed including tax reform, social security, and medicare. Each candidate spent a considerable amount of time talking about their view of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Fitzpatrick praised the bill for a GDP growth from 1.6% in 2016 to the most recent report of an estimated 4.2% in the second quarter of 2018. Wallace countered with increases in the deficit for 2017.
The full forum will be available on the Pennsylvania Cable Network website and rebroadcast on the PCN channel at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.
The final confrontation between the candidates is the Bucks County Community College debate, scheduled for 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 25th at the Lower Bucks BCCC Epstein Campus in Bristol Township. The debate will be broadcast live on WBCB 1490 AM and live streamed on the web at http://www.wbcb1490.com/tv.
The League of Women Voters of Bucks County prides itself on being a “nonpartisan, political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government.” Membership is open to both men and women ages 16 and older.