JENKINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The two candidates running for the seat in the 11th congressional district face off in a televised debate. Republican incumbent Lou Barletta squared off with democratic challenger Michael Marsicano Thursday night and at times the debate got intense. Our lead I-Team reporter Andy Mehalshick was one of three reporters asking questions at the debate and he joins us from your local election headquarters.
Tensions were indeed high at times during the debate.. Barletta is seeking a fourth term.. Marsicano insists it is time for a change. .
The studios of public television station WVIA-TV was the stage.. Some might say the battleground for the debate between incumbent republican Lou Barletta and democratic challenger Michael Marsicano. Andy Mehalshick asked the first question of the night..
“What is the biggest difference between you and your opponent?”
Barletta: The biggest difference.. I’ve had a career if getting things done and working with other people. “I think the biggest difference is my opponent his record is not so much with worrying with people.”
Marsicano: “The difference between me and Lou Barletta is I show up. I’ve asked to debate him 9 times.”
The issue of fighting terrorists was also a hot button issue..
Marsicano “We are talking about the safety of the United States of America. I would do whatever is necessary to protect the citizens. They need to be killed and i would have a exit strategy for the military.”
Other topics on the radar tonight: job creation…illegal immigration and rebuilding the trust between law enforcement and the minority community.