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Heitkamp, Cramer Talk Health Care in Final Debate

Johnson positioned himself as an alternative for voters in the final New Mexico debate.

Oct. 29, 2018, 11:12 a.m.

ND SEN: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) and Rep. Kevin Cramer (R) had their second and final debate Friday.

“[T]he two exchanged barbs over health care, with Heitkamp accusing Cramer of not supporting protections for pre-existing medical conditions, citing his support for an ‘irresponsible’ lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. She said the litigation, to which the state of North Dakota is a party, would ‘wipe out’ the law and its more popular provisions.”

Heitkamp: “Let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water. My history is trying to fix the Affordable Care Act. His history is trying to repeal it without a replacement.”

In response, Cramer said he supports the coverage of pre-existing conditions but that the ACA’s rising costs make it hard for his niece and her husband to afford healthcare: “They have insurance they can’t afford, and they darn sure can’t afford to use it. That is a result of Obamacare.” (Grand Forks Herald)

NM SEN: Sen. Martin Heinrich (D), contractor Mark Rich (R), and former Gov. Gary Johnson (L) met for their final debate Friday.

“Heinrich hit all the points that many wary of President Donald Trump may have wanted to hear, cautioning against efforts to undercut Social Security while arguing for gun control and raising the minimum wage. He also derided tax cuts backed by Republicans last year as a giveaway to the rich. ...Johnson spent the hour offering himself up as an alternative to the two major political parties who is focused on the federal deficit and shrinking the size of government. ... Rich offered his own version of Trump’s “America First” mantra — New Mexico first. And, in turn, he pledged a tough tack on immigration and at the border while arguing the Affordable Care Act has proven anything but for too many.” (KRQE)

OH SEN: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) and Rep. Jim Renacci (R) both called for civility before taking verbal shots at each other Friday in their third and final debate.

“Brown hammered Renacci on his use of a private plane to get to campaign events. Renacci has flown in a plane owned by a strip club owner, which is the subject of a recent attack ad run by the Brown campaign. ... When Renacci claimed Brown was rarely seen in the state, Brown shot back: ‘If you don’t see me, it’s because you’re not looking down from the airplane.’”

“Renacci was asked about the contentious confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and said the Democrats should hold Brown to the same standard they had for the judge. Renacci has hammered Brown over allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife during their 1986 divorce.”

Renacci: “If you're going to set that standard of conduct, you better set it on yourself. I've said it time and time again, we have a senator here in Ohio who has not met that standard of conduct." (Cincinnati Enquirer)

PA SEN: Rep. Lou Barletta (R) and Sen. Bob Casey (D) had their second and final debate Friday.

“Casey repeatedly referred to Barletta as a ‘typical Washington politician.’ On the question of the economy, Barletta repeatedly challenged Casey to explain why President Donald Trump might not be responsible for what he calls ‘the greatest economy in our lifetime.’”

Barletta questioned Casey’s claim that Trump inherited a good economy from President Obama, saying “I don’t know what policy it was in eight years that could have caused that, that waited, hibernated for eight years and all of a sudden showed its head when our administration came into power.”

The candidates discussed immigration and guns. (AP)

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