FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) — Congressman Don Young and candidate Alyse Galvin faced off for the second time leading up to the election in November. During the forum, they were able to ask questions to their opponent.
"How can you claim to be a fiscal conservative with your support for dramatically exploding our national debt?" Galvin asked Young.
"The job tax bill was for the people of America, not the federal government, and the best part about it was that it had ANWR in it," Young responded.
Young attacked Galvin as being unqualified for the job.
"You've never held office. You don't know the process, which committees would you serve on or ask to be assigned to, if you were to get elected?"
"I would be very interested in what I think is best for Alaskans, Galvin said. "First of all, healthcare, I believe that that's the number one impediment to growth in our whole economy here. So I look forward to serving in that capacity. I'm also very interested in energy."
One audience member posed a question about healthcare to the candidates.
"What plans do you have in mind to provide Alaska with health insurance that is affordable?"
Young said that he wants to start by getting rid of Obamacare.
"Let's get rid of that, and let's go back to the drawing board and draw up a new healthcare plan. That's what we have to do, but we tried that once. I had to look to repeal Obamacare. It's not working. Let's work on a comprise, and guess what, you couldn't touch that bill as long as President Obama was there, it was his baby, and it was the wrong thing to do to this nation," Young said.
Galvin countered saying Young has had years to go back to the drawing board and has failed to offer any viable alternative so far.
"Our congressman has had two years to find a new solution and there's been nothing to replace it," Galvin said. "Frankly, what I've seen is, he's voted against any new plan and voted against healthcare for 56 times, I'm talking about preexisting conditions being cut out of our lives. Can you imagine that?"
Galvin and Young will have the opportunity to face off again in Anchorage on October 26 in a "Debate for the State," co-hosted by KTUU and Alaska Public Media.