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PA-13 Candidates Face Off in Forum

Schwartz, Rooney answered questions selected by a seniors community in Lower Gwynedd.

The two candidates for Congress from Pennsylvania's 13th District faced off over the economy, health care, and other national issues in a forum at Foulkeways in Lower Gwynedd on Thursday evening.

The Lansdale Reporter reports that four-term Democratic incumbent Allyson Schwartz and Republican challenger Joe Rooney gave timed answers to an identical series of 14 questions selected by the "Current Issues Committee" at Foulkeways and posed to the candidates by moderator Wes Shirk.

Schwartz said she would favor increasing taxes on Americans earning more than $250,000 per year and defended her involvement in the drafting and passage of the Affordable Care Act, known colloquially as "ObamaCare," two years ago.

Rooney, a former Marine pilot who is now a pilot for Delta Airlines, called himself a "free enterprise guy" and said reduced regulatory interference in the healthcare market would reduce prices. He favors a lower, flat tax in order to stimulate private investment and business growth.

Joe Koenig October 05, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Why won't Allyson Schwartz debate Joe Rooney??? This was a step in the right direction, but this district represents 650,000 residents, aren't we entitled to hear the candidates go head to head on the issues???
Lee October 06, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I agree, why won't Allyson Schwartz who is from New York debate a native Pennsylvanian who has served his country and is running for office? Where are the Conservative leaders in this part of Montco setting up this debate, if you don't set it up, she can't attend! Residents can call her office in DC 202-225-6111 or in Abington 215)-517-6572 and politely request the debate.
Mike October 07, 2012 at 01:09 AM
I agree Joe. Allyson Schwartz owes it to the voters she claims to represent in Washington. I want to see a debate!
penllynjohn October 15, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Schwartz fanatics broke Foulkeways rules by yelling epithets at Rooney ,during his answers to Foulkeways questions.It was the same partisans Schwartz mentioned by name at her beginning time.That rule abandonment speaks for itself and that partisan should be banned in the future. Schwartz style is to avoid responsibility and any counterpoint.She walked out before Rooney spoke,similar to her avoidance in 2010 with Republican Dee Adcock at Penn State Abington. Joe Rooney and his wife and 2 of his children had politely sat through all of Schwartz's time on stage. She did it when she avoided presenting 2 national budgets when she had that House Budget Committee Chairmanship responsibility in 2008 and 2009. So it is not surprising that she, who touts her caring for Veterans,will not exchange with American veteran Joe Rooney. So let's avoid this fraud,Schwartz,on election day! She deserves it.

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