DEFOREST, WI (WTAQ) - Candidates for Wisconsin’s only open U.S. House seat zeroed in on the economy when they debated each other Tuesday night in DeForest.
State Assembly Democrat Mark Pocan and Republican businessman Chad Lee hope to replace Madison Democrat Tammy Baldwin.
Both highlighted their small business experience. And they displayed contrasting political philosophies in line with what their parties’ presidential candidates chewed over during their debate last evening.
Pocan said he supports President Obama’s health care reform act – and he says both spending cuts and tax increases are needed to balance the federal budget.
Lee said Americans cannot afford the extra taxes from the health package – and he would be against tax hikes to wipe out the federal deficits.
Pocan says his years in the Legislature, and as the owner of a print shop, will help him fight for the middle class – something he says Congress is not doing now.
Lee said “life-long politicians” are the problem in Washington – and he said his business experience would make him more effective at bringing both major parties together. He said business owners must work with people – and more people like that are needed on Capitol Hill.