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.