Congressional Debate

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The League of Women Voters of Marietta is hosting a series of debates on the campus to promote voter education.

Former Congressman Wilson is looking to take back his seat from incumbent Bill Johnson.

Candidates fielded questions concerning most notably the oil and gas industry and EPAregulations.

Both relied heavily on voting records to show their continued support for the local industries, but at times the debate turned into a pointing match.

"We've had to clean up the mess that Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Congressman Charlie Wilson put in place. Its been the largest debt increase that we've seen in our nation's history. The problem is not that Americans are taxed too little, the problem is that Washington spends too much," says Congressman Johnson.

"My opponent did go to Washington as a hawk and he went down there and he was going to drop the deficit. You know what he's done? Its gone up. So talk is one thing, rhetoric is one thing, performance is another. Bill Johnson does not have the performance side of it. What do we need to do to get our deficit down? There's multitude of things to do but I think it begins with tax restructuring. I think we need to have all people paying a fair share of their tax," says Wilson.

And it wasn't just the candidates who joined in the personal attacks.
A vocal audience added to the combative nature of the debate.
At one point Congressman Johnson asked the rhetorical question, "What is this war on coal?"

An audience member replied, "Imaginary."

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