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4th District Congressional Candidates Face Off

PASCO, Wash - The only chance for local voters to see their 4th District Congressional Candidates face off in a debate happened Monday night at Columbia Basin College.     

Incumbent Republican Congressman Doc Hastings and Democratic challenger Richard Wright answered questions from local people and a media panel.

KNDU's own Christine Brown was on the panel.  She asked what they would do about the gas prices in Eastern Washington, which are about 30 cents higher than the national average.

Hastings said we need to create more supplies in the United States, and Wright said we need to increase competition.

"We need to have more domestic supplies within the Continental U.S. and we have those reserves there. We have them in Alaska and both the East and West Coast," Hasting said.

"If I was in Congress, I would work with the Federal Trade Commission and do everything I could to break up those oil companies just like we did with Standard Oil until we have 12-15 oil companies in this country and we would have true competition," Wright said.

The War on Terror was also a hot topic, as was Medicare and Veteran's benefits.