ANCHORAGE, Alaska—All three U.S. Senate candidates debated the issues at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Monday meeting. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Joe Miller and Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams answered questions for about an hour.
Five hundred people listened as the three gave their stance on several subjects including federal spending, the war in Afghanistan and which U.S. Senator they admire the most.
Murkowski said Ted Stevens and the names of some democrats she has worked with. McAdams said Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, which was met with applause. Miller said the senator he admires most is Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, which received a notable groan from the audience.
The candidates also talked about their feelings on the recently passed health care bill.
“The Obama-Care Bill is the biggest federal takeover we have seen in decades, almost 20-percent of the federal economy. It's something we can't tolerate it's got to be repealed,” said Miller.
“Despite what Joe Miller had maintained, I have voted to not only oppose the Obama Health Care Plan, but I voted to repeal it. I am on as co-sponsor of three different efforts to repeal, in addition to the eight times I voted against it. So I don't know how much more clear I can make that I don't support what the Congress passed and what the President signed into law,” said Murkowski.
“Mr. Miller believes in repeal. Sen. Murkowski believes in repeal. I believe that we should take what's good about this bill, maintain it and improve on some of the challenges that are laid out,” McAdams said.
KTUU Channel 2 will host its own round table discussion with the candidates on October 24.