Bayh, Young keep up biting attacks during Senate debate
Oct 21 2016 by Desiree Burns
Bayh criticized Young for campaigning against a program he says saved thousands of IN jobs. Polls that initially gave Bayh a wide lead over Young have since tightened.
The candidates clashed repeatedly during what could be their only debate, with Young arguing that Bayh accomplished little during his time as a senator.
Democratic former Sen. Evan Bayh and Republican Rep. Todd Young are set to face each other Tuesday evening in what could be their only debate during an increasingly bitter campaign for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat.
The debate, broadcast live from WFYI's studios in Indianapolis and hosted by the Indiana Debate Commission, also featured Libertarian Lucy Brenton, who was largely ignored by Young and Bayh as they repeated attacks that have already been running on the airwaves in what has turned out to be a rancorous campaign to replace retiring Republican U.S. Sen. "Vote to grow our economy by having trade deals that don't ship our jobs overseas, vote for making college affordable like the 21st-century scholars program I started when I was governor, vote to save social security and medicare for our seniors".
"Obamacare has been an absolute job killer", Young said, mentioning rising costs of premiums and deductibles.
"Now, we can hold you accountable in this election", Young said pointedly toward Bayh. Please see our terms of service for more information.
Bayh countered that he wants to fix parts of the health care overhaul and not allow insurance companies freedom to cancel policies as before the law was adopted.
"This is something that Gov. Pence did that I agree with, that Congressman Young wants to undo", Bayh said.
"You're just not going to be productive in the U.S. Senate behaving that way", Bayh said.
"I've always voted in the best interest of Hoosiers and Hoosier families, without exception", Bayh said. Young has criticized Bayh for owning a condominium in Indianapolis, while he owns larger homes in Washington, D.C. "This election is not about him or me. Your gun rights will be jeopardized should Evan Bayh become the next U.S. Senator for Indiana", Young said. "I think people are fed up with all these attacks and all this negativity".
Bayh countered that he was proud to work with Republican former Sen.
"I do have some difference with Secretary Clinton, although I support her in the race", Bayh said during a news conference after the debate. "He seemed like he was kinda losing it there at the end".