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Garcia, Lambert clash during GOP District 2 congressional debate
Lambert criticized Garcia for being absent when the House voted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
“There are many votes during your one term — I served four terms, you served one term in the state senate — I would have loved to see you absent for,” Garcia said. “You didn’t support local control. You didn’t allow for legislative authorization of federal education standards. You didn’t support purchasing health insurance from out-of-state companies. You supported RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative). You didn’t support our repeal on that.”
“This campaign should be about the issues,” he said. “It’s not who we’re getting our contributions from. This is the kind of thing that turns people off from politics. This type of dialogue hurts us all. We need to focus on the issues and talk about the real issues, like foreign policy, like health care options, like keeping our government accountable for veterans and the IRS.”
Lambert and Garcia also accused each other of running afoul of campaign finance law in accepting certain contributions. Each said their campaign did nothing wrong.
Lambert also criticized Garcia for raising only 13 percent of campaign contributions from the Second District, based on her recent finance report, while he says he raised more than 80 percent from New Hampshire.
Lawrence, who entered the race after Garcia and Lambert, said his donations were starting to pick up as he campaigned around the district. He reiterated his call Wednesday for the three to debate in the North Country.
“President Barack Obama’s policies, being supported by Representative Kuster, are destroying this country,” Lawrence said. “They’re destroying our way of life, and I’m fearful for the future of our children.”
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