The three candidates running for Eric Cantor’s former seat in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District made their case before voters Thursday evening at a forum hosted by the Goochland Chamber of Commerce at Benedictine College Preparatory.
Seventh District Congressional hopefuls and Randolph-Macon College professors Dave Brat and Jack Trammell outlined their views on U.S. immigration policy Tuesday during a gathering of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Nearly two dozen business leaders gathered at the offices of the Challa Law Firm in Glen Allen, hoping to clarify the candidates’ positions on the issues, which ranged from discouraging illegal immigration along the nation’s borders, to expanding visa opportunities for skilled workers and students, to figuring out the best way to deal with the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the country.
Dave Brat is standing on his principles and advanced degrees as he seeks election to U.S. Congress.
"I have a Ph.D. in economics and a seminary background," he said, asked why he is most qualified to represent Virginia's Seventh District. "I think for right now where the United States sits on the world scene, the most profound issues we face are economic ... Having an economist going up to D.C. with an ethics background, I think people think that is an attractive option."
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a potential 2016 presidential aspirant, campaigned in Ashland on Wednesday with Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie and congressional nominee Dave Brat.
“Virginia, you have been tricked,” Paul told a crowd of about 150 at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center.
Voters in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District will get to vote twice this Nov. 4 (once for the general election, and once for the special election to fill the end of Eric Cantor’s term). Historically, and literally, their votes will count for much more than in a typical off-year election. The nation will watch what happens here in Virginia to gauge the direction the country is headed, and we will make history together with the direction we choose.
At a time when jumpstarting the economy and creating new jobs are top issues on most Central Virginians’ minds, the federal government is hurting, not helping, our chances for an economic turnaround.
Government is busy increasing taxes and fees, increasing regulations on people and businesses, spending trillions more than it takes in, and talking about granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants while millions of Americans who want to work are unemployed.
Sen. Mark R. Warner’s campaign raised $2 million in the third quarter that ended Sept. 30 and had $8 million on hand for the stretch run of his campaign against Republican Ed Gillespie.
Gillespie’s figures were unavailable as of press time. His campaign said it had submitted its information to the Federal Election Commission and would issue a news release about its figures today.
Dave Brat, the Republican candidate running for Eric Cantor’s former seat in the 7th Congressional District, and his Democratic opponent, Jack Trammell, don’t agree on much. But both propose raising the retirement age ?to ensure Social Security payouts for future generations.
Trammell said he would consider ?increasing the eligibility age by two years, “but that decision would need to be weighed against changes to other programs to be certain there are no gaps. There are many moving parts to these programs.”
Political leaders and medical professionals sparred over the benefits of Medicaid expansion in Virginia at a health care forum hosted Thursday by Medarva, the parent company of a Stony Point-based surgery center of the same name.
Jack Trammell, the Democratic candidate running for former U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor’s seat in the 7th congressional district, and James Carr, his Libertarian opponent, agreed that Medicaid should be expanded under the Affordable Care Act, but two prominent area physicians expressed concern that it would drive up the cost of their practices.
Dave Brat, the Republican candidate running for Eric Cantor’s former congressional seat in the 7th District, on Thursday defended his reluctance to participate in public debates with his opponents, claiming the media is unwilling to focus on the issues he thinks are most important in the race.
“The problems with debates and forums, they’re all … I love it, but, the major obstacle that I have run into right now is that 400 or 500 people show up at the debate. Then who’s the filter on those debates? The press. That’s the issue, right?” Brat told supporters at a campaign event at the American Legion Post 175 in Mechanicsville.