5th District Candidates Participate in Telephone Debate

October 22, 2010

Fifth District Congressional candidates Republican Robert Hurt and Democrat Tom Perriello participated in a telephone debate Friday afternoon hosted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

This marks the third debate for the congressional candidates.

Health care reform and access to doctors were two of the issues discussed.

"If you want to see the true effect of government run health care, then look to Massachusetts, because that's where you are seeing doctors leaving in droves. Seniors are not able to have access to those who are willing to participate in a program that is chock full of government mandates," said Hurt.

"This is very important for people to know these issues, to do their homework, to read the bill, to talk to the experts. If Senator Hurt is successful in repealing this effort, it will bring that cliff back, it will send doctors fleeing from the system and I don't think our seniors deserve that," responded Perriello.

The candidates also addressed questions from callers that focused on funding for social security and medicare.

"I absolutely would disagree with making any cuts to social security benefits. It's a promise made and it's a promise that must be kept. Congressman Perriello has stated that everything needs to be on the table," said Hurt.

"When I said everything should be on the table that's because that's what I believe leadership entails at this moment. I don't believe that cuts in seniors is the way to go. I don't think raising taxes on the working and middle class is the way to do it. But we have to be willing to sit down together and look at all of these programs," responded Perriello.

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