Congressional candidates debate on WDEL at Widener

By Mellany Armstrong/Gianna Banner 12:22pm, October 24, 2012 - Updated 3:27pm, October 24, 2012
Candidates for Delaware's sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives square off on WDEL.
The candidates for Delaware's lone seat in the U.S. House cover issues like war with Iran, medical marijuana and healthcare in a debate heard here on WDEL.

The first question from the panel came from WDEL's Allan Loudell, who asked whether the candidates would support going to war against Iran.

Everyone agreed that marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes, but candidates Bernie August and Scott Gesty took it a step further. They want it legalized for recreational use.

On the topic of gridlock in Congress, Green Party candidate Bernie August called for change.

"Vote the Democrats and the Republicans out of office, because it's going to be the continue of the same processes that the country has been dragged down to right now," he said.

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Republican candidate Tom Kovach says incumbent Democrat John Carney isn't moving things along in Congress.

"I like Congressman Carney, he's a nice man and he wants to be liked, but he votes with his party 90 percent of the time. That's not the way to get things done in Washington. We need to make sure that we stand up," Kovach said.

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Congressman Carney touted his record of being bipartisan.

"We have to put those differences behind us to get things done. That's what I've done. I've actually done it, working with Republicans who are very much more conservative than I am," he said.

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Libertarian Scott Gesty also participated, and said he believed the federal stimulus money helped Delaware in the short-term, but compared it with giving a drug addict a fix.

"The problem is, if you keep doing that, eventually the patient dies. And that drug addict dies, and we're going to kill our economy if we continue to create money because it's going to debase our currency," he said.

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Health care was also a hot topic in Wednesday's debate.

WDEL's Amy Cherry tweeted the candidates' positions on these issues and more. Check out the WDEL ElectionWatch Twitter account to see her coverage.

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