Sean Duffy, Pat Kreitlow Debate in Superior

By KBJR News 1

November 1, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2012 at 9:34 PM CDT

SUPERIOR, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - Less than a week from the elections candidates for Wisconsin's 7th District were head to head Thursday in Superior.

It was a full house at UWS.

Republican incumbent Representative Sean Duffy and Democratic challenger Senator Pat Kreitlow discussed the issues at Yellowjacket Union.

The debate covered taxes, climate change, and jobs among other topics.

In a discussion about the Affordable Care Act, Duffy pointed to what he calls taxes on the middle class within the legislation and says he wants to repeal it.

Kreitlow says Duffy's replacement for healthcare reform is a race to the bottom because it includes purchasing insurance from across state lines.

Where the two disagreed most, was on taxes.

"You raise taxes on those businesses, those small manufacturers in our district, what happens is you don't see job growth," said Duffy.

"The votes that he's taken that sure would keep rates the same but he's voted to eliminate some very key deductions that middle class and working poor families depend on," said Kreitlow.

There were a few areas the candidates agreed tonight.

Both candidates believe there are places where cuts can be made in defense spending, and when it comes to disaster relief, both agree FEMA plays an important role of assisting local governments.

Pat Kelly, a retired TV and radio broadcaster was the moderator.

This was the final debate between the candidates.

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