Health care, jobs, education on the minds of Second Congressional District candidates

Omaha, NE – The economic stimulus plan, the war in Afghanistan and jobs were all up for discussion at the Second Congressional District debate Thursday.

Republican Congressman Lee Terry and his Democrat challenger, Tom White, participated in the hour-long debate at the Omaha Press Club. White and Terry sparred on job creation and the economic stimulus plan. White says a third of that stimulus money went directly to Nebraskans, with the rest going toward spending on necessary programs. Terry called the stimulus a "complete failure" that cost the country jobs.

White and Terry agreed that spending needs to be controlled. But they differ on how that should happen. Terry says Congress should make across-the-board cuts. White says deficit spending can be controlled by moving away from foreign sources of energy.

Terry is seeking his seventh term in the U.S. House. He was first elected in 1998. White is a Nebraska State Senator.

The candidates also debate next Tuesday at Bellevue University.