Welcome to our live chat with tweets from the Congressional District 2 debate between Democrat and current Congressman Ron Barber and his Republican challenger, Martha McSally. This chat is not moderated, but we ask that you be polite and clean.
#AZ02 forum begins. Will be one hour long. It's Democrat Ron Barber vs Republican Martha McSally.
Not one conservative on the panel for tonight's #AZ02 debate. Barber wouldn't debate before early ballots were out, still needs help. #lame
Barber goes first with opening statement, having won coin toss. Tells audience about his more than 50 years in the community.
Barber says he's been fighting for middle class families since he went to Congress four months ago, and hopes to continue that. #AZ02
In her opening statement McSally tells audience that she joined Air Force at 18, earned two masters degrees and took on the Pentagon #AZ02
McSally says Congress failing. "They are more concerned with the next election, not the next generation."
First question: What is the first bill you will sponsor or co-sponsor in Congress? #AZ02
McSally says first bill will be to restore the $716 billion 'taken from Medicare' #AZ02
Barber says health care reform not perfect, but that he would not do away with the good things in the bill. #AZ02
Barber says health care reform does not cut $716 billion, but ensures providers will not be overpaid anymore. #AZ02.
#az02 Martha McSally refuses to answer the question. She is sticking with the "special interest group" and saying no compromise on taxes.
On taxes, Barber says richest need to pay more in taxes, 'It's only fair,' but tax cuts for middle class should be extended #AZ02
Barber would ask those who make more than 250k to pay more taxes. McSally would not raise taxes. #az02
On taxes, McSally says tax reform needed but raising taxes in economic downturn is not a good idea. #AZ02
UA Student Body President asks candidates what they would do about making education more accessible. #az02 debate
If Martha McSally wants to keep college costs down, why does she say the government should have "NO ROLE" in education? #AZ02
On fed govt role in education, McSally says getting a college degree must be affordable. Says Pell grants should still be available. #AZ02
Can we get this over with n replace @RonBarberAZ w/ a Chatty Cathy doll? All he does is spout the same DNC lines over and over again #AZ02
Barber says tough to know where McSally stands on higher education considering she supports Ryan budget, which cuts Pell grants by 42% #AZ02
Barber says removing government involvement from education in Arizona would have a "dreadful impact on our community" #az02 debate
McSally says she doesn't want fed govt out of higher education, but out of public school education. Says Barber distorting the truth. #AZ02
Martha McSally said of the Ryan Plan : "I would've voted for that." Please let us know if you have changed your mind. #AZ02
On education, McSally said that No Child Left Behind handcuffs primary school teachers. #az02 debate
"It's hard to keep up with the back and forth positions" you take, Barber says to McSally. #AZ02