- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Two West Virginia congressional hopefuls said during their first candidate forum matchup Thursday that the global warming debate is better left to scientists.

Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney added that other countries should step up in reducing carbon emissions. The forum was at the West Virginia Business & Industry Council event at the Charleston Civic Center.

For two candidates from opposing parties, Mooney and Casey agreed on several government-shrinking policies.

Both said they want to strip funding from parts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, particularly regarding proposed carbon emission limits on coal-fired power plants.

Casey said “it’s not our problem” for the United States to combat climate change, since it’s an international issue. Mooney echoed Casey’s criticisms, saying “there’s no EPA in China” to ensure the country is limiting its emissions.

“These other people think we’ve got a global problem,” Casey said. “Let’s see them step up.”

Both think Congress should have to pass a balanced budget, and said limiting oversight and policy-making from the U.S. Department of Education would be a positive step.

The candidates split on the Affordable Care Act. Casey criticized some parts of the law, but praised its expansion of Medicaid. West Virginia added 154,000 patients under the expansion — a 43 percent increase and the second-biggest in the country.

Mooney wants the law repealed.

Casey is the former West Virginia Democratic Party chairman. In Maryland, Mooney served as state Republican Party chairman and as a state senator.

Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito is vacating the seat to run for U.S. Senate.

Candidates also responded to each other’s continued criticisms. Casey distanced himself from Obama, saying his candidacy is about “us against Washington.” Casey supported Obama, a wildly unpopular figure in West Virginia, as party chairman.

“From the courthouse to the White House, we support the ticket, I’m sure as my opponent did when he was Republican chairman in Maryland,” Casey said.

Mooney responded to claims that he’s an outsider only in the state to run for office.

“I’m proud to be a West Virginian by choice,” said Mooney, a Jefferson County resident. “My wife and I are raising our family here. We’re sending our children to school here.”

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide