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.