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1st Congressional Candidates Forum in Fairhope
FAIRHOPE. Ala. (WPMI) The two republicans battling for a seat in Congress say they would have done things differently if they were in Washington.
Both Dean Young and Bradley Byrne were in Fairhope Wednesday morning. The two will face off in a runoff election November 5, that winner will run against democratic candidate Burton Leflore on December 17.
You could say at times both men were preaching to the choir. It was a room full of republicans, regardless there were jabs as Bryne and Young spoke Wednesday morning at the Fairhope Yacht Club.
The 45 minute debate was sponsored by the Republican Women of Baldwin County.
"We can't shut down the U.S. government for no reason. If we can get Obamacare off the table," said candidate Dean Young.
"We need people in Washington who are proven conservative problem solvers," said his opponent candidate Bradley Byrne.
As the November 5 election draws near, both Young and Byrne say they have 'no second thoughts.'
"Republicans are in a minority in Washington so republicans have to stick together. So yes I would have worked with the House Caucus, Republican Caucus and made sure we stayed together and voted together so we had a unified way of presenting our views to the people of America," Byrne.
"Well I would have been front and center saying we need to shut this down because if we don't shut it down and we keep letting it go like it's going with Obamacare, we are going to lose our nation as we know it. I would have been on the front row saying shut it down," said Young.
We asked had Young or Byrne been in Congress would they have done anything differently to avoid a shutdown. Here's what they had to say:
"So it's not always bad to make congress stop spending money and stop all their programs. Take a deep breath and figure out where do we go, how do we stop all this wasteful spending and get moving again. The founding fathers were very aware this could happen and this the way its supposed to happen," said Young.
"We have a breakdown in the leadership from the White House and the Congress and I don't know how to fix that. We have the wrong person as President in my view but that's the situation we've got. Republicans need to continue to stand on our conservative principals," said Byrne.