PA 9th Congressional District Debate

CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENT DISTRICT NINE ARE REPUBLICAN DAN MEUSER AND DEMOCRAT DENNY WOLFF MR. DAN MEUSER GREW UP IN A TYPICAL MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY HIS FATHER WAS A POLICE DETECTIVE AND HIS MOTHER STAYED HOME DURING HIS CHILDHOOD HE ATTENDED THE MARITIME UNIVERSITY AND TRANSFERRED TO CORNELL ON A SCHOLARSHIP MR. MEUSER HELPED BUILD A SMALL MANUFACTURING COMPANY INTO AN INDUSTRY LEADER IN 2011 THE GOVERNOR NOMINATED TO SERVE AS SECRETARY OF THE REVENUE HE AND HIS WIFE OF 27 YEARS HAVE THREE CHILDREN HE HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SUPPORT OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE YMCA AND THE CHILDREN’S ASSOCIATION MR. DENNY WOLFF IS A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF COLUMBIA COUNTY AND A FIFTH GENERATION DAIRY FARM HE SERVED DURING BOTH THE CLINTON AND BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS IN 2003 THE GOVERNOR APPOINTED MR. WOLFF TO SERVE AS PENNSYLVANIA’S SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE HE IS THE FOUNDER OF CAMP VICTORY A SUMMER CAMP FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS MR. WOLFF WAS INSPIRED TO START CAMP VICTORY AFTER HIS YOUNGEST SONIC LAPSE WAS BORN WITH A LIFE THREATENING DISEASE MR. WOLFF IS AN AVID WHITE TAIL DEER HUNTER WVIA WELCOMES BOTH CANDIDATES DAVE BOHMAN HAS SPENT 28 YEARS AS A TELEVISION JOURNALIST WORKING IN STATIONS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES THE LAST NINE AS THE INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER FOR WNAP HE’S WON 60 LOCAL AND NATIONAL AWARDS FOR BROADCAST EXCELLENCE INCLUDING SIX EMMY’S PETER BORTNER STAFF WRITER FOR THE REPUBLICAN HERALD HE’S WORKED THERE FOR 28 YEARS, HIS MAIN BEAT IS COUNTY GOVERNMENT AND THE COURTS HE’S A GRADUATE OF THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF LAW AND DR. CHRIS HALLENBROOK WHO IS AN INSTRUCTOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AT BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY WHERE HE TEACHES CLASSES IN POLITICAL THEORY AND AMERICAN POLITICS HIS RESEARCH FOCUSES ON THE HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT NOW THE FORMAT FOR THIS HOUR LONG DEBATE HAS BEEN AGREED TO BY BOTH CAMPAIGNS EACH CANDIDATE WILL HAVE TWO MINUTES FOR AN OPENING STATEMENT AND TWO MINUTES FOR A CLOSING STATEMENT RESPONSES TO THE QUESTIONS BY OUR PANELISTS WILL BE HELD TO 90 SECONDS HOWEVER AT THE DISCRETION OF THE MODERATOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS MAY BE ALLOTTED TO EACH CANDIDATE FOR REBUTTAL ALL TIMES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED ALL OF THE QUESTIONS WILL DEVISED BY THE INDIVIDUAL PANELIST EACH OF WHOM SUBMITTED A SERIES OF QUESTIONS TO WVIA FOR REVIEW PRIOR TO TONIGHT’S DEBATE I AS MODERATOR ALSO HAVE THE OPTION TO ASK YOU A QUESTION WE MOVE NOW TO THE OPENING STATEMENTS AS DETERMINED BY A COIN TOSS HELD EARLIER THIS EVENING MR. DAN MEUSER WILL BEGIN >> THANK YOU NICE SEEING EVERYONE I WANT TO THANK WVIA VERY MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY WE’RE KIND OF DEEP INTO THE CAMPAIGN HERE AND I THINK EVERYBODY SEES WE’RE DEEP INTO SOMETHING ELSE THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF MANEUVERS SWUNG ON ME DURING THIS CAMPAIGN BUT ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS WITH ALL OF THIS MANURE THERE’S GOT TO BE A POINT IN HERE

SOMEWHERE OUR CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN VERY INCLUSIONARY, VERY GRASS ROOTS AND WE HAVE RECEIVED MANY ENDORSEMENTS FROM STATE REPRESENTATIVES, COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, COUNTY TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS THAT WE’RE VERY PROUD OF I’M PARTICULARLY PROUD OF THE ENDORSEMENT FROM THE STATE TROOPERS ASSOCIATION, THE COUNTY DETECTIVE ASSOCIATION, AS WELL AS THE VETERANS FOR TRUMP AND I WANT TO SALUTE OUR VETERANS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE MY BACKGROUND MUCH OF IT WAS DESCRIBED HERE BUT GROWING UP YES MY FATHER WAS A POLICE OFFICER, MY MOM DID STAY HOME WITH US BUT WE WENT TO SCHOOL, SHE WENT OFF TO WORK WE GREW UP IN A VERY MIDDLE CLASS HOUSEHOLD BUT I THINK MY BROTHER AND I WHO’S HERE AND MY SISTER WOULDN’T CHANGE ANY OF IT MY DAD ONCE HEARD ME SAY WE WERE MIDDLE CLASS AND HE LEANED DOWN AND SAID YOU KNOW WHAT WE WERE LOWER MIDDLE CLASS BUT AGAIN IT WAS TERRIFIC OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS I HAVE LIVED HERE MY WIFE AND I OF 28 YEARS HAVE RAISED OUR CHILDREN HERE DURING THIS TIME YES, I DID HELP A BUSINESS GROW FROM A SMALL BUSINESS INTO A PRETTY LARGE BUSINESS MAKING SOME WONDERFUL, INCREDIBLE PRODUCTS TO KEEP PEOPLE MOVING I ALSO SERVED AS THE SECRETARY DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE THERE I APPLIED BUSINESS PRACTICES, CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES, AND TRANSFORMED THE DEPARTMENT INTO A TAXPAYER ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION BY SETTING OUT SUCH A MISSION WE TREATED TAXPAYERS LIKE CUSTOMERS AND WERE RECOGNIZED FOR OUR WORK WE WERE NAMED THE MOST IMPROVED DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE IN THE COUNTRY WHILE I WAS THERE NOW I’M RUNNING FOR CONGRESS I WANT TO WORK TO CONTINUE TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY MOVING FORWARD I WANT TO ADVANCE OUR AREA HERE AT HOME >> YOUR TIME HAS ELAPSED MR. WOLFF >> GOOD EVENING IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE HERE AT WVIA THIS EVENING I WANT TO START OUT BY SAYING CIVILITY SOMETHING THAT IS LACKING TOGETHER OR WE THE PEOPLE, SOMETHING YOU DON’T HEAR MUCH ANYMORE I’M A DAIRY FARMER I’M FARMING THE SAME FARM MY DAD AND MY GRAND DAD FARMED I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING AS PENNSYLVANIA’S SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE WHERE WE PUT IN PROGRAMS LIKE THE PENNSYLVANIA PREFERRED CAMPAIGN AND UPDATED THE REGULATIONS FOR COMMERCIAL KENNELS IN PENNSYLVANIA WE ALSO PUT IN A PROGRAM CALLED THE CENTER FOR DAIRY EXCELLENCE TO HELP STRUGGLING DAIRY FARMERS IN PENNSYLVANIA THEY ARE STILL USING THAT PROGRAM TODAY AS THEY ARE EXPERIENCING VERY LOW PRICES I SERVED ON THE WTO AND REPRESENTED THE UNITED STATES AT THE HONG KONG ROUND S. AND OF COURSE CAMP VICTORY HAS BEEN A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF MY LIFE, SOMETHING I’VE DEDICATED THE LAST 30 YEARS TO I THINK AS A FARMER I CAN HONESTLY SAY I HAVE RURAL VALUES WORK ETHIC, INTEGRITY, AND RESPECT FOR YOUR FELLOW MAN THEY’RE ALL THINGS THAT ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO ME AND PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN RURAL PENNSYLVANIA MY OPPONENT MOVED TOPAZ FROM NEW YORK LIVES, IN THE 8th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN A MILLION DOLLAR HOUSE AND HE LACKS THE TEMPERAMENT TO SERVE AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHEN I INTRODUCED MYSELF TO HIM AND EXTENDED MY HAND AT OUR FIRST DEBATE HE TOLD ME TO GO TO HE EVEN CONSIDERS ME EVIL HE COMPARES ME TO ISIS HE SAID DEMOCRATS ARE A GREATER RISK TO THIS COUNTRY THAN ISIS TODAY HE LACKS THE INTEGRITY HE WAS FINED $80,000 FOR MEDICARE FRAUD FOR GIVING KICKBACKS CONGRESS NEEDS PEOPLE THAT HAVE INTEGRITY, PEOPLE THAT WILL BRIDGE THE GAP, AND NOT MAKE THE GAP WIDER >> THANK YOU, MR. WOLFF WELL WE MOVE ON TO THE PORTION OF THE QUESTION PORTION OF OUR DEBATE TONIGHT >> MR. WOLFF LIKE MOST DEMOCRATS YOU FAVOR THE MANDATE IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT INSURANCE PROGRAMS MUST COVER PREEXISTING CONDITIONS INSURANCE COMPANIES SAY DRAWBACK OF THAT PLAN THAT MANY YOUNGER ADULTS FOREGO THESE PLANS TO SAVE MONEY AND ONCE VERY FEW OF THEM COME DOWN WITH A SERIOUS ILLNESS THEY GO AHEAD AND GET ON THE INSURANCE PROGRAM AS A PREEXISTING CONDITION IF YOU’RE ELECTED TO CONGRESS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO CLOSE WHAT MANY SEE AS A LOOPHOLE IN THE PREEXISTING PLAN WHERE YOUNG ADULTS DON’T BOTHER TO GO ON INSURANCE UNLESS IT’S NECESSARY FOR VERY FEW OF THEM AND THEY DON’T PARTICIPATE IN THE INSURANCE POOL WHICH KEEPS DOWN HEALTH CARE COSTS? >> AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF CONGRESS’S AGENDA GOING FORWARD THE PREEXISTING CONDITION CLAUSE NEEDS TO CONTINUE AND BE THERE MY YOUNGEST SON FROM DAY ONE HAD

A PROBLEM THAT WOULD HAVE LIMITED THE KIND OF HEALTH INSURANCE HE COULD HAVE HAD FORTUNATELY WE HAD GOOD HEALTH INSURANCE WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE SURE MORE YOUNG ADULTS HAVE POLICIES IS TO INCENTIVIZE THEM THE BEST WAY TO INCENTIVIZE THEM SO TO MAKE HEALTH INSURANCE MORE AFFORDABLE IN MAKING HEALTH INSURANCE MORE AFFORDABLE WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE WITH EXPENSIVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND THAT’S THE COST OF THE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM THAT IS A BIG PROBLEM TODAY THE UNITED STATES HEALTH CARE IS TWICE AS MUCH AS ANY DEVELOPED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WE NEED TO BRING THAT DOWN THERE’S PLENTY OF WAYS TO DO THAT JUST SIMPLY FROM THE STANDPOINT OF HAVING A LOOK AT HOW A HOSPITAL BILLS PATIENTS, DUKE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER HAS 900 DOCTORS AND 1300 BILLING CLERKS SO WE SEE WE HAVE SOME PROBLEMS WE NEED TO STREAMLINE THIS SYSTEM, GET THE EXPENSES UNDER CONTROL, HELP INSURANCE BE MORE AFFORDABLE AND WE’LL HAVE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE INSURED >> THANK YOU, MR. WOLFF MR. MEUSEN >> YOU SAY THE THINGS YOU SAY AND KNOW THEY’RE FALSE BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO PLAN I’M NOT GOING TO GET INTO THE GUTTER WITH YOU THE WE WAY FIX WHAT YOU’RE REFERRING TO IS BY REPEALING AND REPLACING OBAMACARE WE’RE GOING TO FIND ON VIRTUALLY EVERY ISSUE MY POINT AND SEE THINGS 180 DEGREES DIFFERENT HE THINKS FOR THE MOST PART OBAMACARE IS TERRIFIC, I THINK IT’S HURTING PEOPLE AND FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THE 9th CONGRESSIONAL EVERYDAY I MEET FAMILIES OF FOUR PAYING $2,500 A MONTH FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE INSURANCE WITH $6,000, $7,000 DEDUCTIBLES AND IT’S DONE NOTHING BUT GO UP EVERY YEAR WE NEED TO REPEAL AND REPLACE, WE NEED TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO HAVE MORE CHOICES OF QUALITY HEALTH CARE WE NEED TO ALLOW SALES OF HEALTH CARE PLANS OVER STATE LINES THERE IS NO REASON AT ALL THAT HEALTH INSURANCE CANNOT BE PAID FOR IN THE SAME MANNER AND PURCHASE AS CAR INSURANCE WE DID AWAY, OBAMACARE DID AWAY WITH GROUP PURCHASING PLANS OR ASSOCIATION PLANS THE FARM BUREAU HAD 12,000 MEMBERS IN ITS ASSOCIATION AND THAT WAS ELIMINATED BY THE LIBERALS WHEN THEY PUSHED THROUGH THE HEALTH CARE A LOT IS BEING DONE RIGHT NOW THOUGH WE REMOVED THE GAG RULE WE HAVE BROUGHT DOWN THE PRICE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WE HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT CALLS PRESCRIPTION PHARMACEUTICAL CEO’S — >> THANK YOU MR. WOLFF YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS FOR A REBUTTAL >> FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW MR. MUESEN IS GOING TO BRING DOWN THE COST OF HEALTH CARE THEN WE’LL START TALKING ABOUT INSURING SOMETHING THAT IS A REASONABLE PRICE SO I WOULD LIKE TO ASK HOW HE PLANS TO BRING THE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE COSTS DOWN >> 30 SECONDS >> THERE’S MANY WAYS OF DOING IT THERE’S SOMETHING CALLED ROOTING OUT WASTE, ABUSE, AND FRAUD WHICH THE ADMINISTRATION HE WAS IN AND DEMOCRATS NO NOTHING ABOUT THERE’S ALSO EFFICIENCY, OTHER EFFICIENCY MEASURES SUCH AS ALLOWING DRUGS TO BE NEGOTIATED DIRECTLY BY MEDICARE YOU KNOW RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ALLOWED THIS UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA WE PAY 250% MORE FOR PHARMACEUTICALS THAN OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE DO WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE THAT WE MOVE ON TO THE SECOND QUESTION IT WILL BE POSED BY PETER BORTNER FROM THE REPUBLICAN HERALD AND THE FIRST TO ANSWER THE QUESTION IS MR. MEUSER >> MR. MEUSER, THIS CARAVAN HEADED TOWARDS THE UNITED STATES IS NOT NECESSARILY A FRIENDLY ONE IT’S COMING FROM CENTRAL AMERICA AND IT CONSISTS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE BEST WAYS TO CHANGE OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, SHOULD WE BUILD A WALL ALONG THE U.S. MEXICO BORDER FOR INSTANCE, SHOULD CHAIN MIGRATION BE ENDED, AND THOSE IMMIGRANTS IN CENTRAL AMERICA WHO BELIEVE THEY ARE IN DANGER IN THEIR HOME COUNTRIES, SHOULD THEY BE MADE TO STAY IN MEXICO WHERE NO ONE HAS ALLEGED THAT THEY ARE IN DANGER? >> WELL THE CARAVAN IS A CHALLENGING SITUATION WE DO HAVE LAWS, SO CLEARLY THEY SHOULD NOT BE PERMITTED TO STEP FOOT IN OUR COUNTRY GESTURES HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE ALLOWING FOR POTENTIALLY FOR SOME OF THEM TO COME IN WITH WORK VISAS ALL OF WHICH IS BEING TURNED AWAY A LOT OF THIS IS POLITICAL AND FOR GOOD MEASURE THEY FIND IT NECESSARY TO BURN AMERICAN

FLAGS ON THE WAY IN JUST ANOTHER VIEW OF THE CHAOS FOR PROBLEM SOLVING INSTEAD OF ACTUAL PROBLEM SOLVING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS A VERY BIG ISSUE FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE 9th CONGRESSIONAL THEY HAVE REAL PROBLEMS WITH IT AND THEY FEEL THAT THEIR TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE VERY MUCH SUPPORTING THEM THE POLICE IN THE 9th CONGRESSIONAL, THE SHERIFFS TELL ME A LOT OF THE DRUGS THAT WE’RE DEALING WITH INCLUDING HEROIN IS COMING FROM THE BORDER AND THERE’S HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND OTHER PROBLEMS YES WE NEED TO BUILD A WALL, THE BORDER PATROL WANTS A WALL THEY SAY WHERE THE WALL IS, THAT’S NOT WHERE THEY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ILLEGALS ENTERING WE ABSOLUTELY NEED TO BUILD A WALL IT WILL BE THE RIGHT RETURN ON INVESTMENT WE NEED TO DEFUND SANCTUARY CITIES SANCTUARY CITIES ARE RIDICULOUS WHERE WE’RE HANGING OUT A CARROT SUCH AS AMNESTY LIKE MY OPPONENT TALKS ABOUT TO BRING ALL ILLEGALS INTO THE SYSTEM THEN WE DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SANCTUARY CITIES IS WHAT HE SAID IN THE LAST DEBATE THAT IS THE WRONG MESSAGE AND BY ALL MEANS IT’S THE WRONG POLICY THAT I CERTAINLY WON’T BE >> THANK YOU, MR. MEUSER MR. WOLFF, THREE COMPONENTS TO THIS WE NEED TO SECURE OUR BORDERS, FIRST AND FOREMOST IT’S A HUGE PART OF NATIONAL SECURITY HAVING SECURE BORDERS NUMBER TWO, WE NEED TO PUT IN PLACE A VISA PROGRAM THAT WORKS A VISA PROGRAM THAT IS USER FRIENDLY, LESS BUREAUCRATIC AND SOMETHING THAT EVEN OUR FARMERS CAN USE BECAUSE TODAY THIS IS SUCH A CHALLENGE FOR THEM MANY OF THEM ARE EVEN CHANGING THE WAY THEY FARM THEY’RE NOT GROWING THE SAME CROPS THEY USED TO BECAUSE THEY CAN’T COUNT ON OUR VISA SYSTEM AND THIRD WE NEED TO DEAL WITH THE 12 MILLION PLUS UNDOCUMENTED RESIDENTS OF THIS COUNTRY NOW MY OPPONENT SAYS WE SHOULDN’T DEAL WITH THAT AND HE WOULD FIT RIGHT IN IN CONGRESS BECAUSE CONGRESS HASN’T DEALT WITH THAT FOR 20 YEARS WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE WE NEED TO DECIDE HOW TO REGISTER THEM I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT CITIZENSHIP, I’M TALKING ABOUT SOME TYPE OF TEMPORARY VISA YOU FIND OUT IF THEY OWE BACK TAXES IF WE WANT TO FINE THEM THAT IS FINE BUT SOME PLACE TO FIND A WAY TO BRING THESE 12 MILLION PEOPLE INTO THE SYSTEM SO WE KNOW WHO IS HERE AND THE ONES WHO HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD CAN BE DEPORTED THE ONES THAT DON’T WE NEED TO IDENTIFY THEM AND MAKE THEM PAY THE PENALTY AND ISSUE THEM A VISA AND GO FROM THERE BECAUSE YOU CAN’T DEPORT 12 MILLION PEOPLE IT WOULD BE LIKE DEPORTING EVERYBODY THAT LIVES IN PENNSYLVANIA IT’S JUST SIMPLY NOT AN OPTION ON THE LIST IF WE WANT TO JUST CONTINUE TO DO NOTHING WE CAN DO THAT OR WE CAN TAKE THIS UP AND DECIDE WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO >> THANK YOU MR. WOLFF >> SO MY OPPONENT IS AGAINST THE WALL AND HE’S FOR AMNESTY AGAIN GREAT, GREAT PLAN THE PRESIDENT DID OFFER AN AGREEMENT, A DEAL IF YOU WILL FUNDING TO BUILD THE WALL TO ADD TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND BORDER SECURITY FOR LEGISLATION WHICH WOULD ALLOW THE DACA CHILDREN TO STAY HERE NOT AS CITIZENS BUT HAVE LEGAL STATUS NOT ONE DEMOCRAT BACKED IT, COMPLETELY FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES THEY’RE NOT INTERESTED IN SOLVING PROBLEMS THE PELOSI DEMOCRATS — >> THANK YOU, MR. MEUSER MR. WOLFF, YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS AMNESTY THAT’S NEVER COME OUT OF MY MOUTH ONCE AGAIN MR. MEUSER HAS A PROBLEM UNDERSTANDING WHAT I SAY WE’RE LOOKING ING AT A PROBLEM WE NEED TO SOLVE AND THAT’S 12 MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE UNDOCUMENTED WE NEED TO DECIDE WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO WITH IT I GUESS I WOULD LIKE TO ASK MR. MEUSER WHAT HIS PLAN IS, WHICH I GUESS IS DO NOTHING LIKE CONGRESS HAS DONE FOR 20 YEARS I HAVE A PLAN TO GET THEM INTO THE SYSTEM AND GET THEM REGISTER AND HAD KNOW WHO IS HERE >> THANK YOU MR. WOLF F WE MOVE ON TO THE THIRD QUESTION THE FIRST TO RESPOND WILL BE MR. WOLFF >> RECENTLY SEVERAL MUNICIPALITIES IN PENNSYLVANIA HAVE DECRIMINALIZED MARIJUANA HOWEVER UNDER EXISTING LAW PENNSYLVANIANS CAN FACE FEDERAL PROSECUTION LIKEWISE PENNSYLVANIANS USING THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA SYSTEM ARE OFTEN SUBJECT TO FEDERAL PROSECUTION WOULD YOU SUPPORT LEGISLATION IN THE SENATE EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT MAKES IT OKAY TO USE MARIJUANA IN A LEGAL LOCALITY SUPPORT 100% I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT, I THINK IT SERVES A VERY IMPORTANT PURPOSE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE CERTAIN ILLNESSES I DO NOT SUPPORT LEGALIZING MARIJUANA FOR RECREATIONAL USE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HOW SOME OTHER STATES MAKE AT IT GOING FORWARD I’M FROM THE OLD SCHOOL, I THINK THAT MARIJUANA COULD LEAD TO USES OF OTHER DRUGS THAT’S THE WAY THAT I GREW UP THAT’S THE WAY THAT I LOOK AT IT AND I WANT TO SEE HOW SOME OF THESE OTHER STATES MAY GET

BEFORE I WOULD TAKE THAT NEXT STEP >> THANK YOU MR. WOLFF MR. MEUSER? >> I UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL USE I AM FOR THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF SMALL AMOUNTS OF MARIJUANA I DON’T WANT TO SEE YOUNG PEOPLE OR ANYONE GO TO JAIL FOR A SMALL AMOUNT OF PERSONAL USE I DO THINK WE NEED SOME NATIONAL LEGISLATION TO ALLOW BANKS SINCE MARIJUANA IS LEGAL TO BE GROWN IN MANY STATES THE BANKING SYSTEM REGULATIONS HAVE NOT KEPT UP SO AS IT COULD BE HANDLED PROPERLY >> THANK YOU WE MOVE ON TO ROUND TWO OF THE QUESTIONS AND PETER BORTNER WILL BE THE FIRST TO ASK THE QUESTION AND IT GOES TO MR. MEUSER FIRST >> WITH THE ECONOMY PERFORMING WELL WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO KEEP GROWTH CONTINUING AND UNDER THAT, HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE THE TAX SYSTEM TO KEEP THE ECONOMY GROWING, AND WHAT CHANGES IF ANY WOULD YOU MAKE TO TRADE AGREEMENTS? >> WELL THE BEST WAY OF KEEPING OUR ECONOMY GOING IS VERY MUCH DOING THE THINGS WE’RE DOING DO THEM BETTER AND ACCENTUATE ALL OF THE POSITIVES NOT ONE DEMOCRAT IN CONGRESS VOTED FOR THE TAX BILL, IT PUT ANYWHERE FROM $1,000 TO $2,000 IN THE POCKETS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE 9th CONGRESSIONAL IT LOWERED SMALL BUSINESS TAX I HAVE FRIENDS IN THIS ROOM WITH SMALL BUSINESSES THEY HIRED PEOPLE BECAUSE OF THE SAVINGS THAT OCCURRED AND LOOK AT THE RESULTS, WE NOW HAVE AN ECONOMY WITH UNEMPLOYMENT AS LOW AS IT’S BEEN SINCE 1969 MANUFACTURING CONFIDENCE IS AS HIGH AS IT’S BEEN SINCE 1984 EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC IS SHOWING GREAT EMPLOYMENT AND THERE’S A GREAT LEVEL OF CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SO WE’RE DOING A LOT OF THE RIGHT THINGS WE NEED TO DO MORE WE NEED TO ENGAGE IN REGULATORY REFORM, WE NEED TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE PEOPLES DISPOSABLE INCOMES ARE GETTING CRUSHED AND WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO SEEK RESPONSIBLE ENERGY DEPENDENCE THEN THERE’S QUITE A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE AT HOME IN BRINGING IN CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND REVITALIZING MANY OF OUR GREAT CITIES THROUGHOUT THE 9th CONGRESSIONAL NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE WITH TAX SINCE 1985 MORE OR LESS WE HAD NAFTA BACK IN 1996 BUT IT DAY HAS COME THE PRESIDENT HAS BROUGHT FAIR, RECIPROCAL AND FREE TRADE THAT IS WHAT I AM FOR >> THANK YOU, MR. MEUSER MR. WOLFF >> GROWING THE ECONOMY IS SOMETHING IMPORTANT ESPECIALLY HERE IN THE 9th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT I WOULD DO THAT BY REBUILDING THE MIDDLE CLASS WE NEED QUALITY JOBS HERE IN THE 9th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT THERE IS A GREAT DEMAND FOR SKILLED LABOR WE DO NOT HAVE A WORK FORCE TO FILL THOSE JOBS WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT THAT’S GOOD FOR EVERYONE, THAT’S GOOD FOR WAGES, IT IS GOOD FOR INDUSTRIES THAT WANT TO EXPAND, AND IT IS GOOD FOR THE GROWTH OF OUR LOCAL ECONOMY AND IT KEEPS OUR NEXT GENERATION HERE NEAR HOME YOU SIMPLY DO THAT BY MAKING SURE YOUR CAREER AND TECHNICAL SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED SO THAT GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE AND THEY CAN MODERNIZE THEIR CLASSROOMS SO THEY CAN MAKE AVAILABLE CURRICULUM AND CERTAIN SKILL SETS THAT CAN BE TAUGHT IN THEIR CLASSROOM THAT IS WHAT IS NEEDED IN THE AREA BY LOCAL INDUSTRY THAT IS SOMETHING THAT FILLS THE VOID AND LETS INDUSTRIES GROW, IMPROVES THE WAGES FOR PEOPLE IN THE NINTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND MOVES OUR AGENDA FORWARD LET ME JUST SPEAK BRIEFLY ABOUT TRADE IT’S SOMETHING THAT’S NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART I SERVED ON THE WTO AND I UNDERSTAND HOW THOSE AGREEMENTS ARE WRITTEN THEY TAKE A LOT OF TIME, THEY’RE COMPLEX, THEY NEED TO BE RENEGOTIATED ON OCCASION BUT I DO NOT BELIEVE IN TARIFFS THE LAST TIME THERE WAS TARIFFS IN THE UNITED STATES WAS IN 2002 IT WAS PRESIDENT BUSH AND IT WAS ESTIMATED WE LOST 100,000 JOBS TODAY — >> THANK YOU MR. WOLFF, YOUR TIME HAS ELAPSED WE MOVE ON TO THE NEXT QUESTION IT COMES FROM DR. CHRIS HALLENBROOK AND THE FIRST TO RESPOND WILL BE MR. WOLFF >> IN HIS LAST BUDGET, PRESIDENT TRUMP PROPOSED ELIMINATING THE PROGRAM THAT HELPS LOW INCOME SENIORS INCLUDING MANY IN THIS DISTRICT KEEP THEIR HOMES WOULD YOU OPPOSE THE PRESIDENT’S NEXT BUDGET IF IT TOO ELIMINATED THAT? >> NO I WOULD NOT SUPPORT A FWHAUJT DOES NOT HAVE THAT IT WAS A GREAT PROGRAM, IT WAS ADMINISTERED HERE IN PENNSYLVANIA I HAD SOME EXPERIENCE WITH THAT WHEN I WORKED AS SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE BECAUSE MANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THAT PROGRAM WERE ALSO PART OF A PROGRAM WE HAD CALLED THE

SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD PROGRAM WHERE WE MADE DOLLARS AND FOOD AVAILABLE TO THE FOOD PANTRIES IN PENNSYLVANIA SO IT’S A REAL CHALLENGE OF PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING THROUGH TOUGH TIMES THAT’S A GREAT RESOURCE FOR THEM IT HELPS THEM DEAL WITH WEATHER CONDITIONS, COLD WEATHER, AND INSURES THAT THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE A WARM HOME AND THERE’S OTHER PROGRAMS LIKE THAT THAT HELP THEM I HAVE A REAL SOFT SPOT FOR THAT, I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN RURAL PENNSYLVANIA SO THAT WAS A REAL EYE OPENER PEOPLE THAT ARE FINANCIALLY AT RISK, PEOPLE THAT ARE NUTRITIONALLY AT RISK, EVEN HERE IN OUR RURAL AREAS MANY TIMES THEY’RE WORKING FAMILIES IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE SUBURBS AND URBAN AREAS LIKE PEOPLE WOULD TEND TO MAKE YOU BELIEVE THERE’S MANY PEOPLE WHO BENEFIT FROM THAT, IT’S A GOOD PROGRAM AND IT’S HELPED PEOPLE THAT ARE HAVING A TOUGH TIME >> THANK YOU, MR. WOLFF MR. MEUSER >> AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS REPRESENTING THE 9th CONGRESSIONAL I WILL WORK FOR THE PEOPLE I WILL REPRESENT THEM AND DO ALL POSSIBLE TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES IN EVERY WAY THAT I CAN IN LARGE THAT MEANS THE PEOPLE IN THE 9th CARE ABOUT THEIR FAMILIES AND THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR COUNTRY THEY CARE VERY MUCH WHAT MATTERS TO THEM ALSO IS THEIR DISPOSABLE INCOME AND THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE SO SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT I WOULD BE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF IT IT IS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE HAVE TOLD ME OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST 14 MONTHS THAT I HAVE BEEN WORKING THE DISTRICT MEETING THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND IT IS SOMETHING I WOULD BE SUPPORTIVE OF >> THANK YOU MR. WOLFF OKAY LET’S MOVE ON TO THE NEXT QUESTION MR. MEUSER YOU WILL ANSWER FIRST >> MR. MEUSER, EARLIER THIS MONTH THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE CAME OUT WITH A REPORT AND ITS CLAIM WAS THAT HUMAN INDUCED GLOBAL WARMING IS NO LONGER EVEN IN DISPUTE AND THAT WITH EVERY PASSING YEAR INACTION ON REDUCING CARBON EMISSIONS THREATENS LIFE ON THE PLANET IN MANY WAYS MY QUESTION IS TWOFOLD, NUMBER ONE DO YOU BELIEVE THAT GLOBAL WARMING DUE TO MAN MADE EMISSIONS IS INDEED A THREAT AS MANY PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY DO NOT, AND NUMBER TWO IF YOU ARE ELECTED TO CONGRESS WHAT STEPS DO YOU BELIEVE THE UNITED STATES SHOULD DO AND TAKE TO GO AHEAD AND COMBAT THIS? >> WELL CO2 IS UP IN OUR ATMOSPHERE THIS IS DUE TO HUMANS AND DEFORESTIZATION GREEN HOUSE GASES ARE UP, ME THAT I KNOW, WATER VAPOR, CO2 THE DATA SHOWS TEMPERATURE INCREASES OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS HAVE GONE UP ONE DEGREE FAHRENHEIT I BELIEVE IN DATA IN GOD WE TRUST BUT EVERYBODY ELSE BRING THE DATA AND I BELIEVE THIS DATA TO BE SO BUT THERE’S ALSO INFORMATION THAT SHOWS THAT THE EARTH’S TEMPERATURE 2,000 YEARS AGO WAS QUITE A BIT WARMER DURING THE ROMAN EMPIRE PEOPLE WILL SAY THAT TODAY WE HAVE VERY SEVERE HURRICANES WE DO BUT THEY WERE MORE SEVERE 70 OR 80 YEARS AGO MANY PEOPLE HAVE OPINIONS ON THIS ISSUE AND THE ISSUE HAS BECOME TERRIBLY POLITICIZED ITS RIDICULOUS IN MANY WAYS FOR INSTANCE IF YOU BELIEVE CLIMATE CHANGE IS CYCLICAL YOU ARE A BOORISH DENIER IF YOU BELIEVE IT’S DUE TO HUMANS YOU’RE SEEN BY MANY AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL EXTREMISTS BOTH CONCLUSIONS ARE VERY UNFAIR HERE’S WHAT I KNOW, OUR COUNTRY’S AIR AND WATER IS CLEANER THAN IT WAS WHEN I WAS A KID THE CLEAN WATER ACT OF 1972 WORKED AND ALONG WITH A LOT OF SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS >> MR. MEUSER, YOUR TIME HAS ELAPSED >> I’M A DAIRY FARMER SO SOUND SCIENCE IS PART OF MY SCHEDULE EVERY MORNING I GET UP AND SOUND SCIENCE DICTATES THAT GLOBAL WARMING IS A REAL PROBLEM AND GLOBAL WARMING IS MAN MADE IT’S A PROBLEM THAT WE NEED TO DEAL WITH BUT WE DON’T WANT TO REGULATE PEOPLE OUT OF BUSINESS IT NEEDS TO BE PART OF WHAT WE DO, IT NEEDS TO BE PART OF OUR STRATEGIC PLAN I THINK GREEN ENERGY IS A GREAT PART OF THE FUTURE, WE’RE NOT THERE YET BUT WE CAN WORK TOWARDS THAT AND EVENTUALLY I THINK WE WILL MAKE IT THERE BUT RIGHT NOW I THINK THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO DEAL WITH OUR CARBON EMISSIONS I KNOW THAT THAT’S SOMETHING THAT AGRICULTURE IS INVOLVED WITH CONTINUALLY IN TERMS OF LIVESTOCK AGRICULTURE IN OUR FARMING PRACTICES SO WE TRY TO INCORPORATE THOSE GOOD PRACTICES IN WHAT WE DO SO THAT WE MINIMIZE THE AMOUNT OF CARBON EMISSIONS FROM OUR FARMING OPERATIONS AS DO ALL OF THE FARMERS IN PENNSYLVANIA SO ONCE AGAIN JUST TO REITERATE IT IS SCIENCE BASED INFORMATION, IT IS MAN MADE, WE NEED TO DEAL WITH IT IT’S THE RESPONSIBLE THING TO DO >> THANK YOU, MR. WOLFF MR. MEUSER, 30 SECONDS FOR A REBUTTAL

>> I DO THINK THE U.S. SHOULD TAKE THE LEAD BUT WE SHOULDN’T BE EXPECTED TO DO IT ON OUR OWN CHINA, INDIA, RUSSIA, THE PACIFIC RIM ARE BILLOWING POLLUTANTS INTO OUR AIR AND ON THIS ISSUE WE REALLY NEED TO STOP POLLUTING THIS ISSUE WITH POLITICS >> THANK YOU SO MUCH ALL RIGHT WE MOVE ON TO ROUND THREE OF QUESTIONS THE FIRST TO POSE A QUESTION IS DR. CHRIS HALLENBROOK AND MR. WOLFF WILL RESPOND FIRST >> THIS NEXT QUESTION IS FROM A STUDENT AT BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY WOULD YOU SUPPORT EXPANDED BACKGROUND CHECKS INCLUDING MENTAL HEALTH HISTORY AS A REQUIREMENT OF PURCHASING A FIREARM? >> I THINK THAT MY POSITION HAS BEEN ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS I’M OBVIOUSLY VERY PRO SECOND AMENDMENT BECAUSE I’M A DAIRY FARMER, I’VE BEEN A DEER HUNTER MY ENTIRE LIFE I RESPECT THE RESPONSIBLE SPORTSMEN WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY AND I RESPECT THE LAWS WE HAVE IN PLACE TODAY I THINK WE NEED TO FULLY IMPLEMENT THE LAWS THAT ARE ON THE BOOKS TODAY THAT WOULD INCLUDE BACKGROUND CHECKS, WE NEED A SYSTEM WHERE WE GET ACCURATE AND TIMELY INFORMATION AND IT NEEDS TO BE UPDATED ON A REGULAR BASIS SO THAT WE KEEP THE GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF PEOPLE THAT ARE CRIMINALS, OUT OF THE PEOPLE WITH PSA’S AGAINST THEM, AND OUT OF THE HANDS OF PEOPLE THAT ALSO HAVE MENTAL ILLNESS THAT ONE IS MORE OF A CHALLENGE BECAUSE I KNOW THAT INFORMATION IS A PROTECTION THAT IS BECAUSE OF MOST OF OUR GUN VIOLENCE THOSE THREE PARTS OF SOCIETY, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A SYSTEM IN PLACE WHERE WE CAN IN A TIMELY MANNER SEE IF SOMEONE QUALIFIES OR DOESN’T QUALIFY FOR A GUN IF THAT DOESN’T WORK GOING FORWARD WE NEED TO LOOK AT IF THERE IS A NEED FOR ANY LEGISLATIVE PRESCRIPTIONS BUT AS OF NOW WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT IS WORKING 100% >> THANK YOU, MR. WOLFF MR. MEUSER >> I’M A CONSTITUTIONALIST AND I BELIEVE STRONGLY IN OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT, THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED I TOO AM A HUNTER, MY SON AND I HUNT QUITE A BIT I CONCEALED CARRY, MY FATHER WAS A POLICE OFFICER SO WE WERE TAUGHT GUN SAFETY FROM A VERY EARLY AGE AND IN FACT I AM AN NRA MEMBER NOW ON THE SAME NOTE I CARE GREATLY ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT EXIST, THE HORRIFIC AS WE SAID ISSUE THAT OCCURRED, THE MASS MURDER IN PITTSBURGH IN THE SYNAGOGUE SO WE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AND ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT THERE’S BEEN MANY SUCH INSTANCES OF HORRIFIC MASS SHOOTINGS AND NOT A LOT HAS BEEN DONE SINCE SO WHAT WE PROBABLY NEED TO DO IS STOP POLITICIZING THIS ONCE AGAIN AND JUST FOCUSSING ON FIREARMS AND FOCUS ON SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU MENTIONED THERE SUCH AS MENTAL HEALTH, IMPROVING OUR INSTANT CHECK SYSTEMS BOTH IN PENNSYLVANIA AND NATIONALLY WE ALSO NEED TO TREAT THE FLAGS THAT WE SEE, THE ALERTS JUST AS THE INTELLIGENCE ORGANIZATION LOOKS AT TERRORIST THREATS WE STOP MANY TERRORIST THREATS THROUGH INTEL WE SEE SOMEONE WHO IS FULL OF HATE AND SENDING OUT SIGNALS THAT THEY ARE WE SHOULD RESPOND >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. MEUSER WE WILL MOVE ON TO THE NEXT QUESTION DAVE BOHMAN WILL BE POSING THE QUESTION AND THE FIRST TO ANSWER IS MR. MEUSER >> OKAY CRITICS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP SAY TAX CUTS ENACTED LAST YEAR STIMULATED AN ALREADY GROWING ECONOMY BUT IT DISPROPORTIONATELY BENEFITTED CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHY IT WAS ADDED THIS IS THE LATEST ATTEMPT AT WHAT IS KNOWN ASTERISKAL DOWN ECONOMICS WHERE THE WORKING CLASS HAS TO WAIT FOR THE BENEFITS OF A STRONG ECONOMY AND SOMETIMES NEVER RECEIVE IT AT ALL IN ADDITION EVEN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL A CONSERVATIVE PUBLICATION CITED ECONOMISTS AS SAYING TAX CUTS GREW THE FEDERAL DEFICIT BY 17% MY QUESTION IS WHAT DOES CONGRESS DO ABOUT THE GROWING FEDERAL DEFICIT AND WERE THE TAX CUTS FAIR TO THE WORKING CLASS AND LOWER CLASS? >> WELL THE MIDDLE CLASS, MIDDLE INCOME FOLKS DID RECEIVE A 3.5% BASICALLY TAX REDUCTION THE UPPER RECEIVED 1.5% AND YES THE CORPORATE WAS MORE SIGNIFICANT WE NEED TO DO ALL POSSIBLE TO GROW FROM THE MIDDLE OUT WE NEED TO WORK FOR THE PEOPLE I DO THINK THAT THE SPECIAL INTERESTS THAT EXIST IN WASHINGTON IS CERTAINLY MORE FOR THE HAVES AND MAYBE NOT SO MUCH FOR THE HAVE-NOTS SO YES I WOULD CERTAINLY BE FOR EXTENDING THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS AND MAKING THEM LARGER

THAT IS ONE THING THAT I WOULD CERTAINLY WANT TO DO AND I THINK THAT WE NEED OVERALL AN ECONOMY THAT SIMPLY WORKS FOR MORE PEOPLE AND THAT IS DONE THROUGH THE MACRO ISSUE OFFENSE REGULATORY REFORM, LOWERING THE EXPENSES BEHIND OBAMACARE, BUT ALSO ENGAGING VERY MUCH HERE AT HOME WORKING ON FLOODING ISSUES FOR PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE 9th DISTRICT HAVE BEEN DEVASTATING IT’S HURT THEIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES WE HAVE AN OPIOID EPIDEMIC THAT’S MAKING THE NEIGHBORHOODS UNSAFE SCHOOLS ARE NOT AS SAFE AS PEOPLE WANT THEM TO BE SO THAT’S REALLY WHERE THE WORK — >> THANK YOU, MR. MEUSER MR. WOLFF >> THE TAX BILL THE ISSUE THAT COMES TO MIND IS FAIRNESS WHEN I LOOK AT HOW THE TAX BILL WAS WRITTEN AND HOW THE UPPER ONE PERCENT OF THE POPULATION, THE UPPER ONE PERCENT OF THE TAXPAYERS IS AWARDED A $54,000 TAX BREAK IT’S A REAL REFLECTION ON CONGRESS TODAY YOU CAN SEE WHO WROTE THE BILL MIDDLE CLASS AMERICA DIDN’T MAKE OUT SO WELL THEY WERE NOT FAIRLY TREATED IN THIS DEAL JUST NO QUESTION ABOUT IT THE OTHER PROBLEM IS THE DEFICIT I MAY BE THE ONLY CONSERVATIVE ONE UP HERE BUT A $20 TRILLION DEBT BOTHERS ME I HAVE GRANDCHILDREN SOMEBODY HAS TO TAKE CARE OF THAT I KNOW WHEN I OPERATE MY FARM THERE’S TWO SIDES OF THE BUDGET THERE’S INCOME AND EXPENSE YOU CAN’T BORROW YOUR WAY OUT OF DEBT INTEREST PAYMENTS ARE FAST BECOMING ONE OF OUR LARGEST EXPENDITURES OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND IN THE FUTURE THEY EXPECT IT WILL SURPASS OR DEFENSE BUDGET SO THERE ARE REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT WE NEED TO DEAL WITH WE NEED TO TIGHTEN OUR BELT WHEN I WAS PENNSYLVANIA SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE WE HAD TO HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET SO IF REVENUES DIDN’T LIVE UP TO WHAT WE WERE WORKING WITH THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WE HAD TO DO WHAT THEY CALLED A REBUDGET SO WE HAD TO REALIGN OUR RESOURCES WITH THE WAY THAT WE WERE SPENDING MONEY SO THAT’S THE WAY I WOULD APPROACH IT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A METHOD TO — >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. WOLFF A REBUTTAL FROM MR. MEUSER >> DEMOCRATS LOVE THE IDEA OF KEEPING THE MONEY FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND CAN’T STAND THE IDEA OF GIVING IT TO PEOPLE TO SPEND ON THEIR OWN I ALSO HAVE TO LAUGH, FOR EIGHT YEARS PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEND $10 TRILLION WITH PRETTY MUCH NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT AND NOT ONCE DID WE HEAR ABOUT DEFICITS WE DON’T HAVE A REVENUE PROBLEM, WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM YOU’RE THE ONLY CONSERVATIVE UP HERE, IN THE LAST THREE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS I VOTED FOR JOHN McCAIN, MITT ROMNEY, AND DONALD TRUMP WHO DID YOU VOTE FOR? >> THE OPPOSITES >> THAT DOESN’T SOUND VERY CONSERVATIVE TO ME >> THANK YOU, MR. MEUSER >> REBUTTAL? >> YES >> I DIDN’T HEAR HIM TELL ME HOW HE WAS GOING TO SOLVE THE $20 TRILLION DEBT WE HAVE IN OUR COUNTRY >> WASTE, ABUSE, AND FRAUD JUST LIKE I DID AT THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE I REDUCED OUR COMPLEMENT BY 7% AND OUR SERVICES WENT UP, SO DID REVENUES >> YES WELL YOU WOULD NEED TO TIGHTEN YOUR BELT A LITTLE BIT WITH THE $4.5 MILLION YOU SPENT TRYING TO PRIVATIZE THE LOTTERY SYSTEM THAT NEVER WENT THROUGH SO I UNDERSTAND HOW TOUGH THAT COULD HAVE BEEN >> LET’S MOVE ON THE NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM PETER BORTNER AND THE FIRST TO ANSWER WILL BE MR. WOLFF >> EVERY PART OF THE COUNTRY INCLUDING NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA HAS BEEN EFFECTED BY TERRORISM FROM THE TWIN TOWERS TO SUCH MUNDANE THINGS AS LONGER LINES AT AIRPLANES FOR CHECKS TO GET ON FLIGHTS WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS IN YOUR MIND TO COMBAT TERRORISM AND AS PART OF THAT, DO WE NEED TO KEEP A PERMANENT MILITARY PRESENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST? >> WELL I THINK ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS WE HAVE TODAY IS CYBER SECURITY THAT’S THE WAY TERRORISM CAN SNEAK IN THE BACK DOOR AND CREATE HUGE PROBLEMS HERE WHETHER IT’S ATTACKING OUR UTILITY GRID OR OTHER PARTS OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WOULD BE A REAL, REAL NIGHTMARE BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT THE MIDDLE EAST IS SOMETHING THAT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR AGENDA, UNFORTUNATELY WE’RE A LITTLE LESS RELIANT AS WE WERE AT ONE TIME BECAUSE WE DON’T DEPEND ON THEM AS MUCH FOR THE FUEL THAT WE USE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES THAT WAS ALWAYS SUCH A HUGE PART OF OUR REASON AND PRESENCE THERE BUT WE STILL NEED TO MAINTAIN OUR PRESENCE THERE WE NEED TO PUT IN PLACE PROGRAMS AND MAKE SURE THAT THE AGREEMENTS WE HAVE WITH THE PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST THAT WE CONTINUE FORWARD WITH THEM ONE OF THE REAL ISSUES RIGHT NOW IS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH SAUDI ARABIA THE CROWN PRINCE HAS MADE SOME

DECISIONS THAT ARE CERTAINLY LOOK LIKE HE’S ON A POWER TRIP THAT ARE CONCERNING THE UNITED STATES AT LEAST THEY’RE CONCERNING ME IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY HAVE RECENTLY DONE AS WELL AS PREVIOUSLY WITH THEIR BOMBING OF YEMEN THAT CREATED MANY CASUALTIES FOR CIVILIANS AND PARTICULARLY CHILDREN SO NOTHING IS SIMPLE DO WE NEED TO MAINTAIN OUR RELATIONSHIPS THERE, IT IS CERTAINLY AN AREA OF PART OF THE WORLD THAT THERE’S A LOT OF CONCERN WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE CONTINUE OUR PRESENCE THERE AND CONTINUE OUR RELATIONSHIPS THERE >> THANK YOU, MR. WOLFF MR. MEUSER >> WE HAVE BEEN THERE A LONG TIME AND IT IS A CONCERN BUT WE DO NEED TO SKPLN FOLLOW THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMANDERS IN THE FIELD — TO LISTEN AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMANDERS IN THE FIELD IT’S WORKING LOOK AT ISIS FOR INSTANCE ISIS IS VIRTUALLY ELIMINATED AND WE ARE CHANGING THE STRATEGIC PLANS AND WE ARE IN FACT WINDING DOWN TO LARGELY SPECIAL FORCES OR SPECIAL OPS PLANNING AS OPPOSED TO LARGE SCALE NUMBERS OF MILITARY PERSONNEL IN THE FIELD WHAT IS IN EFFECT IS WORKING WE ARE NOT PUBLICIZING IT EVERYDAY AND TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC OR TO OUR ENEMY LIKE WAS DONE IN THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION BUT WHAT THE WORK THAT IS BEING DONE THERE, WE ARE WINDING DOWN, WE ARE TRAINING, AND WE’RE ASSURING THAT WE DON’T LEAVE A PROBLEM BEHIND >> THANK YOU, MR. MEUSER WE’LL MOVE ON TO THE NEXT QUESTION AND IT WILL COME FROM DAVE BOHMAN AND WE WILL FIRST HEAR FROM MR. MEUSER >> MR. MEUSER, THERE ARE NO SANCTUARY CITIES IN THE 9th DISTRICT RIGHT NOW BUT THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE IN YOUR DISTRICT THAT YOU SEEK TO REPRESENT WHO BELIEVE THE CONCEPT OF HAVING LARGER CITIES LIKE PHILADELPHIA HAVING A LOCAL LAW SUPERCEDEKING A FEDERAL LAW IS WRONG MANY BELIEVE IF SANCTUARY CITIES BEING ELIMINATED WOULD BE TO DO WHAT REAGAN DID TO GET STATES TO COMPLY BY RAISING THE DRINKING AGE FROM 18 TO 21 BY WITHHOLDING IMPORTANT FEDERAL FUNDS ENFORCING THE CHANGE YOU HAVE SAID FOR THE RECORD YOU’RE AGAINST SANCTUARY CITIES DO YOU BELIEVE THIS IS A FAIR AND CORRECT APPROACH TO SANCTUARY CITIES TO WITHHOLD FEDERAL FUNDS TO GET THEM TO CHANGE >> I DO IT WOULD CERTAINLY SOLVE THE ISSUE THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT LAWS HERE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT WHETHER WE’RE A LAWFUL SOCIETY FOLLOWING FEDERAL LAWS OR NOT THAT’S ON THE BALLOT LAWFULNESS VERSUS KIND OF MAKING THINGS UP AS WE GO ALONG SANCTUARY CITIES ARE HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE THEY ARE JUST AS WHAT THEY SOUND IT’S ATTRACTIVE FOR ILLEGALS TO WANT TO CROSS OVER OUR BORDER ILLEGALLY OBVIOUSLY, VERY OFTEN BRINGING THINGS WITH THEM THAT WILL HELP THEM MAKE A LIVING SUCH AS DRUGS AND IT ENCOURAGES HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND LAW ENFORCEMENT CERTAINLY HAS A BIG PROBLEM WITH IT I.C.E. AS WELL THEY DEPEND UPON IF YOU SPEAK WITH FOLKS WHO WORK FOR I.C.E THEY DEPEND ON THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CITY POLICE IN PHILADELPHIA IN ORDER TO CATCH THOSE WHO THEY DEEM ARE BAD AND ARE REAL CRIMINALS BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO CONTACT THEM AND UNFORTUNATELY IN THESE CITIES THERE’S A BIT OF A REVOLVING DOOR PEOPLE COME IN AND GET ARRESTED FOR DRUGS OR WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE, SOME SORT OF BURGLARY, AND THEY’RE BACK IN THE STREET WE’RE ALLOWING THIS TO OCCUR AND IT’S ABSOLUTELY WRONG AND IT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED AND THE PEOPLE OF THE 9th DISTRICT AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT A RESOLUTION AND DEFUNDING SANCTUARY CITIES IS THE RESOLUTION >> THANK YOU, MR. MEUSER MR. WOLFF? >> WE’RE NOT DEALING WITH THE REAL PROBLEM THE REAL PROBLEM IS WE HAVE 12 MILLION UNDOCUMENTED RESIDENTS IN THIS COUNTRY WE NEED TO BRING THEM INTO THE SYSTEM WE NEED TO ISSUE THEM VISAS, WE NEED TO FIND OUT THE ONES THAT HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD AND DEPORT THEM THEN YOU HAVE A STARTING POINT THE SANCTUARY CITY ISSUE IS REALLY A SYMPTOM OF A MUCH BIGGER PROBLEM AND THAT IS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH WE NEED TO DEAL WITH IT AND DECIDE WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO WITH THE 12 MILLION PEOPLE HERE IT TAKES AWAY THE ISSUE WITH THE SANCTUARY CITIES THE FOP OPPOSES THE DEFUNDING OF SANCTUARY CITIES AND THAT’S AN ORGANIZATION THAT I FEEL STRONGLY HAS AN OPINION THAT MATTERS I AM NOT GOING TO SAY AS A

DAIRY FARMER FROM COLUMBIA COUNTY I KNOW HOW PHILADELPHIA SHOULD RUN THEIR BUSINESS DOWN THERE JUST LIKE I DON’T THINK THEIR POLICE DEPARTMENT SHOULD COME UP AND TELL ME HOW TO RUN MY FARM I THINK WE NEED TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM BY PUTTING IN PLACE A PROGRAM TO REGISTER THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE ILLEGALLY AND GO FORWARD WITH THAT >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH WE’RE QUICKLY COMING TO THE END OF THE DEBATE AND I WILL OPT TO ASK A QUESTION AS WE COME DOWN WHAT DO YOU SEE AND MR. WOLFF, YOU’LL ANSWER THIS FIRST WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE BIGGEST ECONOMIC CHALLENGE IN THE DISTRICT AND HOW WOULD YOU MEET THAT CHALLENGE? >> WELL THAT’S A GOOD ONE I THINK IT DEPENDS ON WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING A ING AT THE ECONOMY OR THE WORK FORCE THAT’S HERE AND IN MANY WAYS THEY TIE HAND IN HAND WE HAVE AN ECONOMY HERE THAT’S DOING OKAY BUT THEY HAVEN’T EXPERIENCED THE ECONOMIC BOOM THAT PEOPLE IN WALL STREET HAVE THE AVERAGE AGE IN WALL STREET WENT UP 13% LAST YEAR THE PEOPLE HERE IN THE 9th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT MAKE ABOUT $40,000 A YEAR THEIR PAY WENT UP ABOUT 2% A YEAR SO THERE’S A BIG DISPARITY THERE SO WE NEED TO LOOK AT PROGRAMS AND THINGS WE CAN DO RIGHT HERE IN THE 9th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT THAT WILL HELP CHANGE THAT AND I THINK YOU CHANGE THE SIMPLY BY MAKING SURE THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL OF THE PROGRAMS THAT ARE THERE TO REBUILD THE MIDDLE CLASS YOU PUT IN PLACE PROGRAMS THAT HELP THE NEXT GENERATION AND RETRAIN THE EXISTING WORK FORCE TO TAKE CARE OF SKILLED JOBS THERE’S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY THERE THEY’RE GOOD PAYING JOBS, IT WILL KEEP THE NEXT GENERATION HERE AND KEEP THE ECONOMY ROLLING FORWARD HERE IN THE 9th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT >> THANK YOU MR. WOLFF MR. MEUSER >> IT’S A GOOD QUESTION SOME PEOPLE HAVE THE IDEA OF GOING TO CONGRESS AND BEING IN WASHINGTON AND GETTING INVOLVED IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS WHAT I’M GOING TO BE FOCUSSED SON REVITALIZING MANY CITIES THROUGHOUT OUR DISTRICT AND NEIGHBORHOODS WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO IS WE’RE GOING TO WORK ON ATTRACTING CAPITAL INVESTMENT WE’RE GOING TO LAY OUT PLANS AND ALL WORK TOGETHER WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS MANY TIMES AND THERE IS NOTHING THAT I’M GOING TO FEEL BETTER ABOUT IN 2, 3, 4 YEARS WHEN WE START SAYING OUR WORK RESULT IN REAL REVITALIZATION AND REAL DEVELOPMENT THERE’S SOMETHING CALLED OPPORTUNITY ZONES THAT WERE IN THE TAX AND JOBS ACT UNFORTUNATELY THE GOVERNOR ONLY PUT ONE PLACE IN THE 9th, EXCUSE ME IN AN OPPORTUNITY ZONE BUT IT CREATES A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR INVESTMENT TO COME IN TO A CITY WITH SOME SIGNIFICANT TAX BREAKS SO THE WORK THAT WE COULD DO THAT’S WHAT’S GOING TO LEAVE A FOOTPRINT ATTRACTING NEW JOBS, NEW EMPLOYERS, DEFINITELY WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT, WORKING WITH ALL OF THE GREAT SCHOOLS THAT WE HAVE AND THIS IS WHAT’S GOING TO LEAVE FOOTPRINTS AND REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND I MENTIONED THE FLOODING ISSUES BEFORE, THAT’S RIDICULOUS THAT WE LIVE WITH THAT YEAR AFTER YEAR IT’S ALWAYS THE LOW INCOME AREAS THAT GET FLOODED REPEATEDLY MR. MEUSER >> PETER BORTNER, WE HAVE TIME FOR ONE MORE QUESTION >> SHOULD ROBERT MUELLER’S INVESTIGATION BE ENDED NOW IN LIGHT OF HOW FAR IT HAS STRAYED FROM RUSSIAN COLLUSION AND IF NOT WHAT LIMITS SHOULD BE PLACED ON IT IN TERMS OF TIME, MONEY, AND SCOPE? >> OH THIS WILL GO TO MR. MEUSER FIRST >> I HAVE TO ANSWER IT THIS WAY, IF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES GOES DEMOCRAT AND NANCY PELOSI BECOMES THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE WE CAN CERTAINLY COUNT ON MANY MORE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIONS I MEAN THEIR NUMBER ONE GOAL LARGELY IS TO ENGAGE IN SOME SORT OF OFF BEAT IMPEACHMENT PROCESS OF THE PRESIDENT WE HAVE A BIG DECISION COMING UP ON NOVEMBER 6TH WE’RE GOING TO MOVE IN THE DIRECTION THE COUNTRY IS GOING DO THE THINGS I’M TALKING ABOUT AS FAR AS ADVANCING OUR COUNTRY ECONOMICALLY AND CREATING WAGES AND HELPING CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BETTER LIFE OR WE’RE GOING TO HEAD IN THE DIRECTION OF OBSTRUCTION, IMPEACHMENT, RESISTANCE, AND WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING ON THE NEWS, CHAOS SO WE DO NEED TO BE VERY CAREFUL AND TAKE THIS INTO MIND COME THIS ELECTION AND THAT’S WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ON IT >> THANK YOU IS MR. WOLFF >> I THINK MR. MUELLER IS DOING A GOOD JOB I THINK HE’S SPENDING A LOT OF TIME AND ENERGY HE KEEPS A LOW PROFILE SO WE DON’T GET MUCH OF A HEADS UP ON

WHAT’S GOING ON DOWN THERE BUT I WOULD ENCOURAGE HIM TO MOVE IT FORWARD I THINK IT’S A PROBLEM, IT’S DIVIDING THIS COUNTRY SO I THINK HE NEEDS TO TAKE HIS TEAM AND CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD AND TRY TO DO IT IN A TIMELY MANNER AND TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE GOOD ACCURATE INFORMATION, THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO NEED TO SEE HOW THIS UNFOLDS BUT I THINK HE HAS THE RESPECT OF MANY PEOPLE AND THAT HE IS DOING A GOOD AND A COMPETENT JOB HE JUST NEEDS TO BRING IT TO A CLOSE AS SOON AS HE CAN >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> WE HAVE COME TO THE END OF THE ACTUAL DEBATE AND WE ARE NOW READY FOR THE CLOSING STATEMENTS THE FIRST TO MAKE THE CLOSING STATEMENT WILL BE MR. MEUSER THE OPPORTUNITY WVIA HAS PROVIDED I AM RUNNING FOR CONGRESS BECAUSE I LOVE MY COUNTRY, NAH BECAUSE I WANT TO SERVE MY COUNTRY AND I DO NOT THINK THE PEOPLE OF THE 9th FEEL THAT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN THE BEST MANNER POSSIBLE THERE IS A LOT OF SELF-INTEREST IN CONGRESS THERE IS A LOT OF SPECIAL INTERESTS THERE IS NOT ENOUGH WE THE PEOPLE INTEREST, GETTING BACK TO THE CONSTITUTION AND THAT’S THE ONE OATH OF OFFICE YOU TAKE TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION SO HELP YOU GOD AND TO THE PEOPLE THAT YOU MADE COMMITMENTS TO NOW I SPENT OVER 20 PLUS YEARS IN BUSINESS WHEN YOU MAKE COMMITMENTS TO PEOPLE, YOU KEEP THEM I HAVE THAT GENE IT’S ABOUT BEING RESPONSIVE IT’S ABOUT TREATING THE CONSTITUENTS JUST IN THE SAME MANNER THAT I USED TO TREAT CUSTOMERS AND YES THERE’S THERE ARE SOME GREAT CONTRASTS IN THIS CONTEST MY OPPONENT SEES THINGS FROM A VERY LEFT STANDPOINT EVERYTHING HE TALKS ABOUT IS ABOUT BIGGER GOVERNMENT, RAISE TAXES, LESS REGULATIONS, OBAMACARE IS TERRIFIC NO BORDER AND SECURITY, I’M MORE ABOUT FOCUSSING ON THE PRIVATE SECTOR WE NEED TO GROW THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND MANY THINGS TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES AND WE DO HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, NOVEMBER 6TH WE WILL BE VOTING FOR WHAT DIRECTION WE WANT OUR COUNTRY TO GO WILL WE CONTINUE DOWN A PATH OF GROWTH WILL WE ACCOMPLISH THE THINGS THAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS TRULY IMPROVING OBAMACARE FIRST BY REPEALING IT AND THEN REPLACING IT AND MAKING CERTAIN THAT PREEXISTING CONDITIONS CONTINUE BY SECURING SOCIAL SECURITY FOR THE LONG TERM AND SAVING IT MAKING MEDICARE WORK BETTER FOR PEOPLE IN FACT DRAINING THE SWAMP, ENGAGING A PROGRAM — >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. MEUSER MR. WOLFF >> THANK YOU IT’S GREAT TO BE HERE ONE OF MY FAVORITE SAYINGS IS THE LIFE YOU LIVE MAKES YOU THE PERSON YOU ARE I WAS BORN AND RAISED ON A DAIRY FARM I RAISED MY FIVE CHILDREN THERE I SENT ALL FIVE CHILDREN TO COLLEGE AND MOST OF THEM GRADUATED MY OPPONENT IS A SUCCESSFUL BEN BUSINESSMAN, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT HE MAKES A LOT OF MONEY, AND AS HE SAID IS MAKING MONEY BAD? HE KEEPS HIS PRODUCTION COSTS LOW BY IMPORTING PARTS FROM CHINA AND HONG KONG IN FACT THEY IMPORTED 34,000 TONS OF MATERIALS FROM THOSE COUNTRIES IN THE LAST TWO YEARS AND OF COURSE YOU REALIZE THAT WOULD COST YOUR COST OF PRODUCTION BECAUSE THE MINIMUM WAGE IN CHINA IS AS LOW AS $1.85 AN HOUR IN SOME PLACES AND CHILD LABOR LAWS STILL GET VIOLATED THERE THIS CERTAINLY ENHANCES HIS PROFITS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT BUT THEN WHEN YOU HAVE THAT KIND OF MONEY IT TAKES A LOT OF MONEY TO BUY FIVE HOUSES, TO HAVE A FLEET OF CARS, TO HAVE TWO AIRPLANES, TO HAVE A BOAT THAT’S A PRETTY FAST LIFESTYLE AND IT TAKES MONEY ON TOP OF THAT, HE GETS HIS INCOME FROM YOU THE TAXPAYER BECAUSE MOST OF THE CUSTOMERS THAT BUY HIS PRODUCTS ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE ON MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND YES THERE WAS A LITTLE PROBLEM WITH FRAUD THERE THAT I MENTIONED EARLIER YOU HAVE TWO VERY DIFFERENT CANDIDATES HERE TODAY YOU HAVE ONE WITH RURAL VALUES THAT WANTS TO WORK FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE 9th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND YOU HAVE ONE THAT WANTS TO BE A MEMBER OF CONGRESS HE THINKS THAT HE CAN DO IT JUST LIKE HE DID WHEN HE BECAME SECRETARY OF REVENUE WHEN HE DONATED TO THE GOVERNOR, $87,000 AND THEN HE WAS APPOINTED SECRETARY OF REVENUE AND NOW HE WANTS TO BUY A SEAT HERE IN THE 9th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IT’S GOING TO BE UP TO THE VOTERS TO DECIDE IF THAT HAPPENS THANK YOU >> THANK YOU, MR. WOLFF WELL THAT CONCLUDES THIS DEBATE THIS DEBATE BETWEEN THE CANDIDATES OF THE 9th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SEAT IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THANKS TO MR. MEUSER, AND THANKS TO MR. WOLFF FOR PARTICIPATING

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