7th Congressional candidates go head-to-head in first and only debate

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MINOCQUA, Wis. (WAOW) — The one and only debate between the candidates vying for the 7th congressional district seat took place Thursday night.

Incumbent Republican Sean Duffy, seeking his fourth term, and Democratic challenger Margaret Engebretson tackled issues for one hour.

The debate drew a variety of issues. Those included gun control, healthcare, the economy, immigration and border protection, national security, and multiple questions involving President Donald Trump.

Congressman Duffy was furious by the continued questions relating to the president.

“How many questions have you asked about Donald Trump?” Duffy asked the moderators. “How many questions? So, do you want to talk about the economy?”

After the debate, Duffy reiterated there should have been more time spent on the economy.

Engebretson focused on the need for change in the badger state, as well as the nation as a whole.

“We’re having some difficult times in this nation,” she said.  “There are a lot of folks out there, that I have talked to on the doors, they’re worried.”

Congressman Duffy talked about his commercial advertisements. This came after a question regarding the tone of the president and his stance on the president’s actions.

“I think tone is important,” Duffy said. “Look at the ads that I’ve run. Those of you in central Wisconsin have seen my ads and none of them have been negative. They’ve been positive telling you what I want to do, for you.”

Engebretson rebuttled.

“I was wondering who would attend this debate tonight,” the candidate said. “Whether it was the nice Sean Duffy that you see in the ads or the one that gets on cable TV and spreads conspiracy theories and mis-truths.”

She called Congressman Duffy an absentee congressman. Duffy said that claim proves she is out of touch.

The two went on to discuss job wages and benefits in Thursday’s debate.

“Another thing I’ve been hearing all over the district is, ‘we can get jobs. Yeah I have two. But I don’t have benefits and I don’t have a living wage,’ ” Engebretson said.

Duffy disagreed and said there are plenty of options.

“There are full-time jobs everywhere, around this community and around this 7th district that workers don’t have enough workers to fill,” he said.

More than one hundred people were at Thursday’s debate.



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