Week 9: October 22-26

On Monday, I attended the Virginia 1st District Congressional debate between U.S. Representative Rob Wittman and his challenger, Vangie Williams.

In his opening statement, Wittman emphasized the importance of government transparency and accountability.

For her opening statement, Williams spoke primarily on the need for affordable healthcare for everyone.

Throughout the debate, the candidates were asked numerous questions regarding topics such as national defense, immigration, the Affordable Care Act, climate change, education/student loans, traffic, and internet service in rural areas.

One specific question referred to the incoming caravan of Honduran migrants. I found it interesting that the candidates, though members of opposing political parties, were in agreement on this issue. They both stated how important it is for immigrants to enter the U.S. legally, and that an immigration agreement should be reached between the parties in Congress.

Although I will not be voting in Virginia, I enjoyed witnessing the debate firsthand and feel that I learned from the experience.



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