Candidates Debate: Middle Class and Mining

Posted at: 10/09/2012 6:43 PM
Updated at: 10/09/2012 7:19 PM

During the debate on Tuesday in Duluth, Chip Cravaack and Rick Nolan were asked about how they can help the middle class.

Nolan said that its about building demand for the products and services provided by small businesses. He accused Cravaack of voting for tax breaks to rich and powerful people, under the guise of helping small businesses. "I am a small business man."

Cravaack cited his endorsement by the National Federation of Independent Business, and said that business owners told him they need a tax code they can work with and fewer regulations.  "

At times the two would spar back and forth, and moderator Chuck Frederick joked that he felt like Jim Lehrer. This was a reference to the Presidential debate from last week, where Mitt Romney and Barack Obama took control of the debate.

The moderators also turned the discussion to mining. Cravaack said he's held quarterly meetings about PolyMet, to make sure the permitting process stays on track. He also said he's helped created legislation to eliminate double environmental studies, and to mandate American made steel in projects.

Nolan brought up that he's a 4th generation Iron Ranger, who's always supported mining. He also talked about having the endorsement of the Steelworkers, many of whom were in the audience. He did say there's one point the two agree on. They both think permitting should be expedited.

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This event was sponsored by the Duluth News Tribune and the Duluth Chamber.

You can watch the whole thing at 2pm, here on Channels 10 and 13, on Sunday.

The two candidates will meet again on the Iron Range, for a debate on Halloween.