Less than two weeks remain before voters must make decisions on who they will vote into office. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and Democratic opponent Scott Wallace debated Thursday at the Lower Epstein Campus of Bucks County Community College.
A recap on each candidate’s economic policy and views, including on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, is available here.
Quotes from each candidate reflecting their positions on different issues given throughout the debate are below. The full debate is available on WBCBNews.com.
“I don’t think inflammatory rhetoric is acceptable to anyone in this audience. I think as a country we are much better than that,” Wallace said. “I think there is a path back and it starts at the top, I wish we could reign in some of the hyper-partisan fear mongering. I think we should be running on a tone of positive themes.”
“The biggest challenge we face as a country, bigger than all the subset of issues like immigration, healthcare, and what have you, is the way we talk to each other and that’s every where from the kitchen table to the White House and everywhere in between,” Wallace said. “Civility is everything, and not cursing at each other during debates, that civility is really important too.”
“I voted against multiple attempts to repeal the ACA,” Fitzpatrick said. “I think our caucus has a solution bipartisan focusing on five key areas of compromise: fully funding CSRs (cost sharing reimbursements), repealing the 2.3% medical device tax, getting out of control lawsuits under control, state stability funds to help fund things like pre-existing conditions, allowing for interstate competition.”
“There are certainly some huge differences between us on healthcare. I believe we should take the national health program we currently have, the ACA, and graft onto it a possibility to buy into medicare,” Wallace said. “Nobody should be required to do it, if you like Aetna stay with Aetna, but my wife Christy and I are on medicare. It works great, it costs a fraction of what we were paying previously and we still see our same doctor.”
“We have to pay attention to this huge warning from the Intergovernmental Panel on climate change,” Wallace said. “They are not just academically saying we are up against some serious threat in the future, we are up against it right now. The hurricane that swept through Florida and the middle-southern states last week was a warning.”
“I was the co-author of a bill which was identified throughout the hill and throughout the country as landmark legislation that managed to bring business and the environmental community together,” Fitzpatrick said. “Imagine that. It’s not easy I can tell you, but Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and I worked very hard.”
“Cyber security issues are the biggest national security threat we face as a country, and I saw it at my 14 years in the FBI and I see it now as a member of the Homeland Security Committee,” Fitzpatrick said. “Myself and Brendan Boyle (D-PA) have a bipartisan bill we co-sponsored together that deals with the Ukrainian issue.”
“We have to be concerned about a repeat of the 2016 election, which I don’t think this administration has acknowledged,” Wallace said. “But meanwhile we have election coming up 12 days from now. There was a proposal before Congress to add $300 million for cyber security in light of these unprecedented attacks, and my distinguished opponent voted against it.”
“I don’t believe in abrogating the Iran nuclear deal. It needed to be more, it needed to deal with terrorism and Iran’s terroristic exploration, but it was a 10 year hold on Iran’s nuclear ambitions,” Wallace said. “My grandfather helped create the U.N., I believe strongly in it as a forum for multilateral dispute resolution and problem solving.”
“As far as decertifying the Iran nuclear agreement, I was very much opposed to that agreement at the outset. Of course, I wasn’t in office at the time, but my assessment was it did not block a path to a nuclear weapon, it paved the path to a nuclear weapon,” Fitzpatrick said. “It injected $150 billion into the Iranian economy in previously frozen assets and the lifting of sanctions continues to allow that economy to grow faster than it otherwise would.
“We need to deal with the dreamers and we have to deal with the children at the border, 245 children still held in cages,” Wallace said. “My distinguished opponent sits on the Homeland Security Committee, I would be issuing subpoenas, hauling those people in there and asking ‘Where are the parents’ and put them together with their children and do it right now.”
“Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), one of my closest friends in Congress, and I worked on an immigration reform bill. All 1,900 miles of the border are different terrain throughout” Fitzpatrick said. “It also deals with the dreamers, who have been here since 6 years old through no fault of their own, and are as American as every one of us in this room, and protecting them.”