CLAREMORE — Oklahoma 2nd District Congressional candidates Markwayne Mullin and Ron Wallace met at Rogers State University, Monday to debate the issues and present their platform just days before the Nov. 6 election.
With only 8 days left in the campaign the candidates looked to make a big statement to voters during the televised appearance.
The debate was sponsored by RSU television, The Claremore Daily Progress and the Claremore Chamber of Commerce.
Mullin, a Republican focused attention on small business and the fight against government regulations.
Wallace, a Democrat had similar points of view, however centered his arguments on wealth distribution to the middle class.
“This race is not about any one individual it is about the people that live in the second district,” Mullin said.
It is about giving the people that live in the second district a voice, he added.
The government does not create jobs but they do have a direct impact, according to Wallace.
“When we pour money into Wall Street we can’t expect it to trickle down to Main Street,” Wallace said.
It is expanding the middle class that expands government, he added.
As the debate continued the two men gave similar points of view on the Affordable Care Act [Obamacare], the economy and foreign policy.
“We are not lazy, we want to go to work,” Mullin said.
The more success the more a business has the more government fights against it, according to Mullin.
“Get out of the way and we will go to work,” Mullin said.
Wallace took the opportunity to address the failure of the federal stimulus and highlight Mullin’s use of the funds.
“We shouldn’t have someone that take a stand against stimulus but takes stimulus money,” Wallace said.
Both candidates agreed that when it comes to foreign policy the U.S. needs to take a strong stand against Iran.