WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - The two candidates seeking Illinois’ 18th Congressional District seat vacated by Aaron Schock for the most part reiterated their positions on the economy Thursday during a second debate in as many days.
However, Republican state Sen. Darin LaHood of Peoria and Democrat Rob Mellon of Quincy also talked about the Affordable Care Act and campaign finance.
LaHood criticized President Barack Obama’s health care law as not living up to expectations, The Journal Star in Peoria reported (https://bit.ly/1NXU8ie).
“All the promises that were made when this was put into place have not come to fruition,” he said, citing a lack of lower costs. “.The government doesn’t run big things well.”
Mellon agreed the health care law had flaws, but added it was not a takeover of health care.
“Anyone who argues the ACA is a government takeover of health care is . significantly stretching the truth,” he said at the forum sponsored by WEEK-TV Channel 25 and the League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria.
Schock, a Peoria Republican, resigned from Congress on March 31 after reports about his “Downton Abbey”-style Capitol office redecorating and other spending.
LaHood, the son of former federal cabinet member and longtime congressman Ray LaHood, heads into the Sept. 10 special election as the favorite in a heavily Republican district that covers portions of central and western Illinois.
Mellon argued Thursday that the more than $1.5 million in campaign donations LaHood has received makes him beholden to donor interests, the newspaper reported. LaHood dismissed the contention, saying most of the funds came from small donors.
During Wednesday’s debate in Springfield, LaHood said the best way to spur economic growth is tax reform, regulation reform and reducing labor costs.
Mellon contended lower labor costs only benefit the wealthy, adding he supports investment in small businesses in order to improve the economy.
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