Candidates vying to replace Rep. Frank Wolf in Virginia’s 10th district met for the first time Wednesday, reports The Washington Post.
The debate was held in Herndon in a town-hall style forum. Republican Barbara J.Comstock and Democrat John W. Foust discussed a variety of topics from traffic congestions to the federal deficit.
Almost 175 people attended the debate. The topics were centered around business concerns in the 10th district which yields many high-tech companies and federal contractors.
The dialogue between Comstock and Foust was typical of a debate with each questioning whether or not the other possessed the experience and ability to be a leader in Congress. Each candidate blasted each other for perpetuating the extreme culture of partisanship that Washington is experiencing. They also debated the traditional party arguments such as energy independence, climate change and abortion.
The other 10th District candidates, Libertarian Bill Redpath, Green Partyer Dianne L. Blais and independent Brad A. Eickholt, were not in attendance at Wednesday’s debate.