(CBS) – The 7th Congressional District race is heating up, and so are the candidates’ tempers, as Election Day draws near.
Last night, Democrat Bryan Lentz and Republican Pat Meehan held a contentious debate at Neumann University.
The two candidates sparred over international threats and gun violence. The two were asked about the loophole in Pennsylvania gun law which allows citizens to buy guns in Florida.
“I’d be interested to know if Pat has an explanation for the voters about his irrational position for closing the Florida loophole. The only explanation is he’s toeing the line for the NRA.”
Pat Meehan responded:
“I’ve looked at this thing, and there’s nobody stronger or tougher on gun issues. But I looked at it as an issue of Constitutional rights. There’s a Second Amendment right to own that weapon.”
Another issue the two candidates knocked around for a bit was the Bush-era tax cuts given to those making over $250,000 annually.
Meehan said, “Right now is not the time to be raising taxes on anyone.”
But Lentz countered, “What is right for this country is for the wealthy to pay their fair share, to give the tax cuts to that vanishing middle class I talked about.”
The two are vying for the seat currently held by Joe Sestak, who is running for the US Senate.
Reported by Kim Glovas, KYW Newsradio.