2nd Congressional District debate changes some voters' minds

With the election just over a week away, voters got a chance to hear from Indiana's 2nd district congressional candidates Sunday night.

Democrat Brendan Mullen and Libertarian Joe Ruiz discussed their stances on key campaign issues during a televised debate at WNIT.

Front runner Jackie Walorksi declined to participate.

Many of the young adults sitting in the audience during the debate are still trying to figure out where they fit in the political spectrum.

Some of them say hearing from the two candidates actually changed their minds.

"After hearing the debate tonight, I think I agree about 50 percent with what each candidate was saying," said IUSB student Lowell Ritter.

While Ritter says he hasn't decided yet who to vote for, other students say the debate made their choice clear.

"I was going to vote for Jackie until tonight," said IUSB student Christiann MacLean. "But, seeing these two candidates totally changed my mind."

Mullen and Ruiz fielded several questions from a three-person panel, many of them touching on the issue most important to young adults.

"Right now, the biggest issue is the economy," said IUSB student Hannah Dill. "I think there are a lot of important issues on the table as far as civil rights, energy sources and war. But, I think that once we have a stable economy, all of those things will fall naturally into place."

Both candidates say they have plans for reducing the nation's deficit that won't hurt citizen's finances.

"We have to ratchet it back no different than the way my wife and I run our budgets at our house or how I run my business," Mullen said. "Keep in the black and move forward."

"I don't think revenue is the problem," Ruiz said. "We need to cut spending, spending is the issue."

Hearing the candidates' plans gave many students hope that, despite what appears to be a broken Congress, the country's financial woes can be fixed.

"They're talking about a lot of bipartisanship and if we can accomplish that, I'm hopeful," said IUSB student Allyssa Phillip.

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