U.S. Congressional Debates


There were no seismic moments in the only scheduled debate between the three candidates for Arkansas’ Second Congressional District. The nearly one-hour debate hosted at UCA and airing on AETN featured incumbent GOP U.S. Rep. French Hill, Democrat Clarke Tucker, and Libertarian Joe Swafford.

The three candidates rotated answers to questions surrounding the MeToo movement, immigration, election interference by Russia, the rising national debt, tariffs and raising the minimum wage.

Hill, who was first elected in 2014, drew his biggest contrast against his opponents in his closing statement when he declared voters in the central Arkansas district are better off than they were two years ago when President Barack Obama held office.    MORE

In a debate among 1st Congressional District candidates, Democrat Chintan Desai criticized Rep. Rick Crawford, a Republican, for being a “full-throated” supporter of President Trump’s tariffs he said have hurt soybean farmers. Crawford said farmers are finding other markets and the tariffs are a necessary tool to make China play by the rules.

The two along with Libertarian Elvis Presley discussed tariffs, health care, and other issues.   MORE

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