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|Political Party Disagreements Discussed at 17th District Debate
|What thing do you disagree on most with your own political party? That was one of the questions posed to the three candidates for the 17th District Congressional seat at a televised debate which aired Wednesday.
Republican Bobby Schilling says a recent controversy involving the dismissal of a commentator following his comments on a Fox News program comes to mind.
"Taking away funding from [National Public Radio]," Schilling answered. "Those are very educational programs that are out there for our kids. I do not believe that those should be taken away."
Juan Williams was fired from NPR after making allegedly anti-Muslim comments on "The O'Reilly Factor."
Green Party candidate Roger Davis says there are two items that come to mind for him.
"[The Green Party is] wanting to cut the national defense budget by 70%. That is ridiculous," Davis said. "I also disagree with...they have another form of cap and trade."
Davis says he's "not a party person" anyway.
Incumbent Phil Hare says a vote that recently came up relating to agriculture caused some disagreements among him and Democrats.
"I stood up to my party when it came time for farmers to be able to transport anhydrous ammonia," Hare said. "I'm a deputy whip, and I work the floor to help get legislation passed. But I voted no to kill that bill, and I voted no on the bill."
Hare says he also believes his party needs to do more to create jobs, and the party's so-called "Make it in America Agenda" will help with that.
Schilling also said he believes spending under former president George W. Bush was "ridiculous."
The debate aired Wednesday on WQPT-TV, and will be re-broadcast Sunday afternoon on WGIL.
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