Candidates for WI 3rd Congressional District debate the issues at UW-La Crosse

The candidates hoping to represent voters in Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District debated Tuesday night at UW-La Crosse.

Democratic representative Ron Kind has held the seat since 1997. He’s facing a challenge from political newcomer Republican Steve Toft of Osseo.

While the two candidates may have differed on how to get it done, they agreed on multiple points, including managing the national debt, securing the southern border, and preserving the environment.

Kind and Toft disagreed when it came to the Affordable Care Act, with Kind in favor of keeping and expanding on it, and international tariffs, with Toft advocating for forcing other countries to the negotiating table.

“Tariffs that the President has imposed or threatened to impose have brought the European Union to the negotiating table. We now have a terrific new deal, USMCA, that opened up our dairy markets to our American producers, especially here in Wiscnosin,” said Toft.

“This trade war is having a very destructive economic impact on manufacturers, on family farmers, even on consumers now here in Wisconsin. We’ve got to find a safe landing zome for this sooner rather than later, before more economic damage is done,” said Kind.

The fall election is next Tuesday, November 6. Wisconsin voters can find their polling location and a mock ballot at the state’s My Vote website.

A seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is a 2-year term.

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