Monday, October 15, 2012
Fifth district Congressman Robert Hurt and challenger Brigadier General John Douglass faced each other for the second time. The debate took place in Warrenton at Warrenton Middle School.
The two answered questions covering topics about military service, abortion, immigration reform, health care, the postal service, and how to cover such a big, diverse district.
When asked about the topic of negative campaigning, Hurt and Douglass brought up and disagreed on Hurt's relationship with uranium mining.
"I would not lift the ban on mining uranium unless it could be done safely," said Hurt. "But what you've said is you've attacked my family and said I have a personal interest in it. Which you know is a lie. It's just a bald-faced lie."
"He took money from uranium executives," Douglass rebutted. "That's in the Federal Election Commission report. Now, folks, you can go look this up."
"That's a lie," Hurt said.
"That's not a lie," replied Douglass.
Douglass also said Hurt told a lie, later saying, "I could take him to task on some of the things he's said about me." Hurt stated Douglass was a lobbyist for defense contractors for nine years. Douglass called Hurt's statement a lie.