3rd Congressional District candidates face off in debate

Debate comes less than a week from election day

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Candidates for Wisconsin’s third congressional district seat are making their positions known less than a week from election day.

Democratic incumbent Ron Kind and Republican challenger Derrick Van Orden took part in a debate Wednesday afternoon.

The pair faced questions from a group of local panelists including News 8 Now’s Mike Thompson.

Kind is looking to hold onto the seat that he has held since 1997.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Kind was asked his thoughts on a stimulus package.

“The recession we’re in right now doesn’t have to last as long or be as deep or be as damaging. And there is a roll for congress to step in on a short term basis to bide time until we can develop a safe and effective vaccine,” said Wisconsin 3rd Congressional Representative Ron Kind.

Van Orden says businesses need to open so they can welcome customers back.

“We have to open up our businesses safely, efficiently, effectively and quickly. And we do that by developing. A vaccine initially that President Trump is working on under Operation Warp Speed and therapeutics to go along with that. We have to open our economy,” said Republician 3rd district candidate Derrick Van Orden.

If you missed Wednesday’s debate you can still see it on WKBT.

Wednesday’s debate will re-air on Saturday starting at 10:35 p.m., right after News 8 Now at ten.

And you can find a stream of the debate anytime on our website here.

That’s also where you can find streams of the four previous debates between other local candidates.