Gun violence sparks differences between Flood and Pansing Brooks | Regional government
Nebraska’s 1st District congressional candidates engaged Sunday night in their only televised debate with Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln and Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk delivering familiar campaign messages.
Arguing that soaring gas prices and runaway inflation may reflect “the biggest problem” in the battle for the Eastern Nebraska 1st District House seat, Flood said voters were to “end the one-party rule of Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi” while fighting for energy independence as well as embracing the “common sense conservative values” he supports as a Republican candidate.
Pansing Brooks, the Democratic candidate, said she would “work across the aisle” in the House of Representatives to find bipartisan solutions to issues such as inflation, gun violence and energy independence.
“We need to come together,” she said, and she would “try to find common ground” in the divided House.
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The candidates, chosen by party leaders to contest a special election on June 28 to determine who will serve the final six months of former Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s ninth term in the House, gathered for the televised debate in the KETV studios in Omaha.
Fortenberry resigned from his House seat when he was convicted on charges of lying to federal officials about an illegal foreign contribution to his 2016 re-election campaign.
Flood and Pansing Brooks will face off again in November’s general election after winning party nominations in May’s primary election for a new two-year term beginning in January.
The debate initially centered on differences over gun control proposals following the latest outbreak of mass shootings that killed 19 students and two teachers in Texas and 10 people at a grocery store in New York. .
Pansing Brooks said she supported the relatively modest gun restrictions tentatively agreed to by a bipartisan group of senators, but said she would ‘totally support more restrictions’, including universal purchase background checks of firearms and the ability to “dispose of military style weapons”. “
Flood said he supports improving school safety, including arming teachers if local school boards deem it necessary, as well as expanding mental health services, but he would not support proposals that would violate the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. .”
Arming teachers and creating “a war zone in schools is not the solution”, said Pansing Brooks.
Flood said voters must “end the one-party control of Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi” in Washington.
“America is on the wrong track,” he said.
“Pointing fingers at one-party rule” is not the way forward, Pansing Brooks said. “The best ideas come when we come together.”
Both candidates said Congress needed to protect funding for Social Security and Medicare as the programs faced budget strains and both centered on the need to grow the workforce in Nebraska.
“It’s the No. 1 problem in Nebraska,” Pansing Brooks said. And part of the solution, she said, is to be “a welcoming state” that doesn’t discriminate.
“Young people want to live in Nebraska,” Flood said. “We have to create opportunities.”
Flood highlighted his role as a member of the Legislative Revenue Committee in helping pave the way for the passage of the largest tax cut in state history earlier this year.
Pansing Brooks said she was a leader in protecting Nebraskas’ needed services as a member of the Legislative Assembly.
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