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|17th District Congressional Candidates Spar in Peoria
|Plenty of talking points were exchanged in the final 17th District Congressional debate last night in Peoria.
The debate was moderated by public television station WTVP.
Republican Incumbent Bobby Schilling and Democratic challenger Cheri Bustos answered questions from Peoria area reporters and Bradley University students.
The questions ranged from the vastness of the district to the solvency of Medicare.
Schilling said you balance the budget by managing fraud.
"What we did we said from here on out we're going to have folks fill out an application so that we can capture the people that are abusing the system and somebody who has won the lottery or somebody for example had $50 or $1000 in the bank we get those folks off the system so the most vulnerable amongst us can get what they need."
The race has been characterized as one of the most hotly contested in the country.
Bustos said she doesn't think the federal budget deficit should be balanced on the backs of seniors and the middle class.
Instead, she feels there is an accountability report that would be a good guide.
"That report is sitting on a shelf it has for the last two years. It has proposals such as merging the small business administration with the department of commerces, it has proposals like getting rid of redundant services for instance with job training programs there are 44 redundant job training programs that we can do away with."
Support rallies and protests were reported outside the debate studios last night.
Polls have shown the race in a dead heat.
|10 26 12 by Newsroom
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