Jobs, Keystone XL, health care among topics at first Congressional debate

Jan 22, 2012


Jobs, immigration, and foreign policy were among the topics in the first debate of the Second Congressional District race.

 Democratic candidates John Ewing and Gwen Howard debated Friday night at the Douglas County Democratic Party’s annual Truman Dinner. Ewing is Douglas County Treasurer. Howard is serving her second term as State Senator.

 Both candidates expressed opposition to cuts in federal programs such as Medicare and Social Security. Ewing and Howard both praised the health care overhaul law’s provision allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26.

 Ewing and Howard also debated the Keystone XL pipeline project. Earlier this week, the Obama administration rejected TransCanada’s permit request for the $7 billion dollar pipeline.

 Two more debates are scheduled. Howard and Ewing will debate again March 23rd. The four Republican candidates for the Second Congressional District are set to debate April 20th. Both of those debates will be held at the Omaha Press Club.