With election day a little more than a week away incumbent Congressman Chet Edwards and challenger Bill Flores were in Bryan Monday night for a candidates debate hosted by
the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce and 1620-WTAW, and streamed live on KBTX.com
Of the issues discussed during the debate Monday night between Chet Edwards and Bill Flores, Social Security funding was discussed at great length.
"I don't believe the argument that the Social Security trust fund is not going to be there, Social Security wont' be there for future generations. The first step is not to dig the whole deeper," said Chet Edwards, (D) - District 17 Candidate.
"The best thing we can do to help Social Security and Medicare and other entitlement programs is to encourage economic growth to get more people working so we can improve the working so we can improve the worker retiree ratio of social security," said Bill Flores, (R) - District 17 Candidate.
Another contentious issue was on sweeping health care reform adopted into law this year which Bill Flores referred to as Obamacare.
"We didn't have to have a job killing, unconstitutional health care bill to do this we can use a common sense solution to fix medical insurance," Flores said.
"Let me first say that I twice voted no on the healthcare reform bill. I felt we needed improvements in our private healthcare system today and hoped we could put together a bipartisan bill but that didn't happen and the final bill in my opinion spent too much, especially in light of today's deficits," said Edwards.
The issue of the night and story on most people's minds nationally is how to set the economy back on track.
"We're not where we need to be but a year and a half ago we were losing 25,000 jobs a day in America. This year we've created 863,000 new jobs and many of those jobs were created by federal programs that funded private sector jobs," Chet Edwards said.
"What is it that's' not causing the economy to grow? It's uncertainty. Men and women that run small businesses and large businesses are scared because they don't know what's gonna hit 'em yet," Bill Flores said.
Both sides are now claiming victory after the debate.
College Station City Council Place 5 candidates Jana McMillan and John Nichols also debated Monday evening.
Early voting ends on Friday.
Monday night, the two men vying to represent the majority of the region in Congress will meet face-to-face.
Incumbent Democrat Chet Edwards and his challenger, Republican Bill Flores will take questions during a candidate forum being hosted by the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held at Briarcrest Country Club, and will air on News Talk 1620 WTAW and stream live here at KBTX.com.
The forum begins at 6 p.m. with questions for the two candidates looking to fill the vacant College Station city council seat, Jana McMillan and John Nichols.
WTAW's Chace Murphy will moderate the College Station portion, while WTAW's Scott DeLucia and News 3's Steve Fullhart will pose questions to the District 17 candidates immediately following the city council Q&A.
This is the only time Flores and Edwards will meet to take questions in the southern half of the district, which stretches from just south of Fort Worth through Waco and down to Bryan/College Station. In all, 12 counties make up the district, including Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Madison, Robertson counties.
Nichols and McMillan are looking to serve out the remainder of the term of the late Larry Stewart, who held the Place 5 seat until his death this summer during a trip to South Africa. Stewart's term ends this coming May.
Early voting is under way and continues until Friday. Election Day is Tuesday, November 2.