Bipartisanship, Health Care Reform Big Topics at Forum

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Bipartisanship, Health Care Reform Big Topics at Forum


Byline: Tara Garca Mathewson tgarciamathewson@dailyherald.com

The candidates vying for the 10th Congressional District seat made cases for their bipartisanship across a range of issues Sunday during a League of Women Voters forum that marked their first face-to-face meeting in front of an audience.

Republican Rep. Robert Dold told a packed auditorium he has been one of the most independent members of Congress since he was elected in 2010. He cited immigration reform, the U.S. relationship with Israel, tax reform, the budget and Medicare and Social Security reform as issues on which he's worked with both parties.

He also noted going against his party's stance on issues like women's reproductive health and environmental protections for Lake Michigan.

Democratic challenger Brad Schneider argued he was the candidate who would work with both parties to get things done in Washington.

"We need to end the screaming across the aisle," Schneider said in his closing remarks. "We need to find ways to come and work together."

The candidates answered questions submitted by the audience during the forum, which was held at Lake Forest High School.

They agreed on supporting the DREAM Act and immigration reform that gives young people a chance to live and work in the only country many have known or find jobs here after college graduation instead of putting their educations to use in their native countries.

They disagreed over the Affordable Care Act. …

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