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Duncan, Rokita, Sanders Debate in 4th District

Some voters in the 4th Congressional District have a better idea of where the three candidates stand on the issues.

Sanders-Rokita

Photo: Stan Jastrzebski

David Sanders and Todd Rokita are the front-runners in this year's 4th District race.

Some voters in the 4th Congressional District have a better idea of where the three candidates stand on the issues.

Republican Todd Rokita, Democrat David Sanders and Libertarian John Duncan faced each other in a forum hosted by WBAA, WLFI-TV and the Journal and Courier.

On the federal healthcare reform law, Duncan says he would do away with the entire measure. Sanders says individual elements are worth saving, so whole thing should not be repealed. Rokita says he favors consumer-driven healthcare, not government mandates.

All say they favor spending cuts to reduce the federal deficit. As to shoring up Social Security, Sanders says he does not favor privatizing it or limiting benefits. Rokita says government can make some changes, such as raising the eligibility age for benefits. Duncan is unsure of the answer, but says current recipients or those near retirement cannot be hurt.

The candidates all say the United States should have some involvement if Iran continues to defy United Nations mandates. Sanders says he would vote to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy for gays in the military, while Rokita and Duncan say they would follow the advice of military leaders.