On Tuesday Republican Dave Brat and Democrat Jack Trammell, congressional candidates for Virginia’s 7th district participated in their final debate at Randolph-Macon college, reports The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
With one week to go before the midterm elections, Brat and Trammell, who are both professors at the college discussed their positions on topics such as health care reform, the federal response to Ebola, immigration and the minimum wage among others.
The 15 year colleagues and occasional intramural basketball teammates disagreed on potential decisions regarding Ebola, including whether or not Congress should enact flight bans from the three West African nations most affected by the disease.
Trammell stated that he is “hesitant to act out of fear,” continuing that America should “use targeted flight bans and not bring out economy to a new halt with draconian measures that are not targeted.”
Brat disagreed, saying “we should have quarantined the Western Africa nations and the flights coming in.” He compared Ebola to an economics event called “a black swan event” adding that there is “a very low probability event that has catastrophic consequences.”