Ludington Daily News and Ludington & Scottville chamber of commerce hosted a candidate forum last night at the ludington area Center for the arts. Dennis Murphy and Bill Huizenga are running for Michigan's 2nd District Congressional seat. The forum opened with social security. Huizinga suggested changing the way social security is set up in order to ensure social security is a sustainable program. Murphy’s plan includes “leapfrogging” over to the wealthy and take a .1% surcharge to help social security.
In regards to Obamacare, Murphy wants to see tweaking to the affordable care act by changing enrollment period to closer to tax time, Huizenga stood by his previous votes to repeal and encouraged the audience to check out the GOP Healthcare plan at better.gop.
Bill Huizenga admitted that budget cuts would not balance the national budget said that taxes would not need to be raised in order to address the national debt. Murphy said that taxes can be raised on some people, but not the middle class in order to address debt.
On immigration, Huizenga said he supports a touchback visa, Murphy focused on getting people documented and then complete background checks.
On foreign policy, both candidates agreed that Kurdish forces should be supported to address conflicts in Iraq and Syria. When identifying the largest foreign threat, Mr. Murphy identified Russia as a concern, Congressman Huizenga said Nuclear proliferation with Iran and North Korea.
The value of technical and mechanical skills were lauded by Congressman Huizenga as he spoke on the increasing costs related to college, saying “being a welder is honorable.” Mr. Murphy drew an emotional response from the crowd regarding the upcoming overtime rule after saying, “If you can’t find a better way to manage your workforce than making somebody work 60 hours a week for 25,000 a year, I think you’ve got a problem with your business model.”
Both candidates feel strongly regarding gun rights. Mr. Murphy told a personal story of how he used his second amendment right to protect himself and his family in the past. The forum concluded with each candidate expressing thier love for West Michigan as they talked about what they would want Washington to understand about their congressional district. A complete video of the forum will be available on Ludingtondailynews.com