Congressmen Boswell and Latham meet in Creston for their first debate

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October 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The first of a series of debates between Congressman Leonard Boswell and Congressman Tom Latham took place last night (Tuesday) in Creston. The 90-minute exchange included topics ranging from the farm bill to health care and education to the deficit. Democrat Boswell noted one of the biggest problems looming, is the deficit. Latham said despite the economic difficulties, there are still things that need to be done, like passing a Farm Bill.

He says farmers are willing to contribute to the deficit reduction, by doing away with Direct Payments, revising counter-cyclical payments if there is a safety net such as crop insurance, and through risk management tools.  Boswell agrees the farm bill needs to be passed. He also sees the need for rural infrastructure, and suggests ways to pay for it. He says they have to look at the revenue side of the equation, because of infrastructure costs.

Staying competitive in the global economy was a topic of discussion. Latham looks to the community college system and programs like Iowa’s STEM initiative. He says people need to understand they should be trained for marketable skills to fill the jobs and careers that are available today in the work force. Boswell and Latham are facing off in November to represent the Third District. Latham is seeking his 10th term, Boswell his 9th.

(Radio Iowa)