The candidates for Indiana’s 9th District seat in Congress have sparred for the past five months over the best ways to create jobs, stimulate the economy and rein in debt.
But on Tuesday night, incumbent Republican Todd Young and Democratic challenger Shelli Yoder exchanged ideas face-to-face in their first debate of the campaign.
The candidates traded ideas, strategies and a few barbs during the debate conducted at Franklin College. They clashed on job creation, health care, energy policy and funding for Planned Parenthood.
In front of 150 people, and with countless others listening to the broadcast on the radio, the two mapped out their visions for Indiana moving forward.
Young and Yoder, both Bloomington residents, are vying for Indiana’s 9th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The winner of the election will represent all of Johnson County for the next two years.
Franklin College student and Center Grove High School graduate Lauren Casey moderated the debate. Students serving on a panel asked questions to the candidates, and each had two minutes to answer. A 90-second rebuttal period was given after each had answered.