8th District Congressional Candidates Face Off

By KBJR News 1

April 19, 2012 Updated Apr 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM CDT

Duluth, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - Candidates for the 8th District congressional Race running for the DFL endorsement faced off tonight at a forum at the College of St. Scholastica. Jeff Anderson, Tarryl Clark and Rick Nolan shared their positions on some tough issues.

The main theme of the night was all about federal spending...and where cuts could be made.

With each of the candidates looking to unseat Republican freshman congressman Chip Cravaack...The candidates discussed issues such as Jobs and the economy, the military defense budget and Federal spending.

"We need to let the Bush tax cuts expire on those making more than 250-thousand dollars a year in order to inject a new cash flow into our federal coffers in order to create and invest in these federal projects, these infrastructure projects...these roads and bridges," says Jeff Anderson.

"You have to start by bringing the troops home from the wars of choice in the Middle East. I think we need a single payer, a universal national health care plan...that would save a lot of money. I think we can start taxing the super rich in this country, that would save a lot of money. We need to protect social security and medicare," says Rick Nolan.

Nolan also says he thought the national defense budget should be cut in half by 2015.

Meanwhile, Tarryl Clark says that the end of the two wars will make a difference in the budget and feels money could be better spent.

"Because of how long these wars have gone on, because of what our soldiers have suffered, we are going to need to make sure that our budget reflects the priorities for our veterans for decades to come," says Tarryl Clark.

Audience members also had the opportunity to ask the challenger candidates questions as well.

The candidates focused in on the idea of a universal health care plan. All agreed that a "Medicare for all system" was needed...and they plan to push for it, if elected.

Danyel Piecek