"The fact that we currently have millions more people insured is something we shouldn't lose sight of," Yoder said during the debate, which took place during a
In a line of argument he would echo throughout the debate, Hollingsworth called for the government to turn the health insurance system back over to the private market.
"In the long run, the government is not the most efficient and effective means to deliver any service," he said, questioning whether making small tweaks to a system that causes government debt is enough.
The two candidates disagree on whether raising the federal gasoline tax from
They agree it wouldn't be the best solution, but Yoder would be willing to consider it.
"Just looking at raising the gas tax alone, it's a short-sighted solution," she said. Yoder wants to see more local solutions and rewards for groups coming together to create regional solutions.
Hollingsworth, on the other hand, says the increase would not be much of a solution. "Before I ask for a dollar from anybody, the government owes you a burden of proof," he said.
That burden is to show taxpayers that their money is being used efficiently and effectively, he said, something he accuses current government leaders of failing to do.
Hollingsworth added that increasing revenue to throw more money at issues doesn't solve them, saying the real solution is to make sure money is going where it needs to go.
A sharper divide emerged on gun regulations.
Hollingsworth, who is endorsed by the
"I don't believe that law-abiding American citizens should have their constitutional rights taken away," he said when asked about expanding background checks.
Yoder said she would support universal background checks for the safety of civilians, law enforcement officials and first responders.
"They (first responders), too, are scared," she said. "They don't know what they're walking into on these calls. Not having common sense when it comes to addressing these problems is also scary."
Perhaps the sharpest differences emerged as the candidates debated government regulation of economic policies.
Hollingsworth repeatedly touted his business experience as what's needed in
"Government distortion only creates a more anemic economy," he said. "I don't want to see the government continue to butt its head into our lives.
Yoder said government regulations and businesses don't have to be pitted against each other.
"I believe that having people live on living wages and having a thriving business community are not at odds with each other," she said of the idea of increasing the minimum wage.
The biggest response from those at the luncheon came when the candidates were asked about releasing their tax returns.
"I know my opponent's obsessed with my tax returns," Hollingsworth said, adding that's not his concern in this campaign. "I'm obsessed with your tax returns."
Yoder directed people to her website, where she's released five years of tax returns. And she said Hollingsworth's answer doesn't cut it when he's boasted of his several companies and years of creating jobs in
"We want to know, where does your income come from?" she asked.
The candidates agreed on a few things.
Multiple construction delays and lack of payments causing subcontractors to halt work on
They also agreed on what it would take to mend fences on
"As somebody who wants to be a change agent, there's not some big, flashy plan," Yoder said. "It really comes down to relationships."
Hollingsworth agreed. "In building businesses, you build partnerships."
Both want a better America.
"I want to get back to a
Yoder would use skills gained through working with nonprofit organizations, teaching at
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