Thursday, December 25, 2014

Casey & Smith U.S. Senate debate: Where they agree

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. continued his campaign of linking Republican opponent Tom Smith to the Tea Party and what Casey denounces as "radical" federal budget ideas during a debate taped at 6 ABC Friday morning. Smith continued cast himself as independent minded while knocking Casey as a "career politician" who doesn't accomplish much. But that doesn't mean the two men can't find common ground.

Casey & Smith U.S. Senate debate: Where they agree

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. continued his campaign of linking Republican opponent Tom Smith to the Tea Party and what Casey denounces as "radical" federal budget ideas during a debate taped at 6ABC Friday morning.  Smith continued cast himself as independent minded while knocking Casey as a "career politician" who doesn't accomplish much.

But that doesn't mean the two men can't find common ground. 

  • Gun Violence: Casey said the focus should be on federal programs to combat crime. "I don't think we need new gun laws to change the dynamic on the street," Casey said. Smith agreed, blaming poor economic issues for gun violence.  "I think we have sufficient regulations on the books with gun laws," Smith said.
  • Equal Pay: Both candidates support equal pay for women who do the same work as men.  "The disparity, it's not good," Smith said of unequal pay. Casey cited votes he has made in the Senate in support of equal pay.
  • Nuclear Iran: Both candidates said a policy of "containment" was not enough to prevent Iran's nuclear development program.  Both said Iran must be stopped from developing nuclear weapons through sanctions.

6ABC will broadcast the debate at 1 p.m. on Sunday. It will be rebroadcast on C-Span at 3 p.m. on Sunday, PHL-17 10:30 p.m. on Sunday and the Pennsylvania Cable Network at 10 a.m. on Monday.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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