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Hastings & Fearing Square Off in Debate

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PASCO, Wash.--Columbia Basin College's Theatre was the stage for Wednesday (October 15th) nights debate.

After opening statements, questions pertaining to universal health care and the Iraq war came up.

Democratic challenger for 4th Congressional District, George Fearing, says the United States has won and he wants to bring the troops home.

In his rebuttal, Hastings added America remains a terrorism target.

The panel also posed questions regarding the current poor economic state.

As you would expect from a debate, both men have different strategies.

"We need to return to the deregulation that was adopted during the Great Depression, specifically to prevent this from happening again," says Fearing.

"One way to get out of an economic downturn is to focus on getting more jobs," adds U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings (R). That means opening trade for example, for our products so we can ship our agricultural products overseas."

Both speakers also addressed future energy production.

Fearing says Eastern Washington is home to the best energy scientists in the nation.

Hastings countered saying he has long supported alternative energy development.