(Council Bluffs) The six people running for the Republican Senate nomination in Iowa tried to differentiate themselves from each other during the first debate of the 2014 campaign Sunday night in Council Bluffs.
Sam Clovis, Mark Jacobs, Joni Ernst, Matt Whitaker, Scott Schaben, and Paul Lunde spent considerable time talking about the national debt and whether to raise the debt ceiling. Two said they would, Lunde and Jacobs.
“Raise it, it has to be raised, you have to operate the government,” said Lunde.
“It’s a threat in the full faith and credit of the United States government to me is silly,” stated Jacobs. “This is a false choice that our elected leaders put us into.”
On the other hand, Sam Clovis and Joni Ernst would be no votes.
“I would not support raising the debt ceiling because sooner or later the congress of the United States has to take the responsibility to manage the wealth of this nation,” said Clovis.
“We cannot continue to do this,” said Ernst. “We can operate our government; we do not need to raise the debt ceiling.”
So would Scott Paul Schaben and Matt Whitaker.
All six candidates also believe social issues will still play a role in the upcoming election. On the budget bill approved earlier this month by congress, Scott Schaben and Matt Whitaker would have been no votes.
“The budget deal last week I would not have voted for, the biggest reason why is because it does not create a path to solvency,” stated Schaben.
“I would not have voted for the budget that passed,” said Whitaker. “First of all I would support a budget that makes the tough choices; doesn’t kick the can down the road.”
Sam Clovis, Joni Ernst and Paul Lunde echoed those comments leaving Mark Jacobs as the only one who would have supported the budget deal.
“I was very troubled by many of the elements in the budget but at the end of the day our government has to pass a budget, it’s one of the basic functions that our federal government has to do,” explained Jacobs.
The debate was sponsored by the Pottawattamie County Republican Party.
You can listen to the debate on the news page at whoradio.com.
Iowa Radio Network