Biggert, Foster Talk Gay Marriage, Tax Cuts at Final Debate
Candidates spar during live event on WTTW.
It’s a question many voters have for candidates: Are you for or against gay marriage?
On Wednesday night, Republican Congresswoman Judy Biggert and Democratic challenger Bill Foster took on the issue during their final debate as they battle to represent the new 11th Congressional District.
The candidate forum aired live on WTTW-Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight.”
After Biggert made the ambiguous statement “I’m close to reaching for gay marriages,” Foster went on the offensive.
“She has not yet evolved. So, she's crawling out of the swamp or something,” said Foster, a scientist, according to the Chicago Tribune. “She has not yet evolved. So, she's crawling out of the swamp or something,” he added, noting he supports marriage equality.
Biggert did note that she supports civil unions.
Another hot topic that surfaced Wednesday is one that’s also become a sticking point in the presidential race: the Bush tax cuts.
Biggert said allowing the tax cuts for the wealthy to expire would be “catastrophic” to the economy, the Sun-Times reported, while Foster said the cuts have not been proven to stimulate the economy or create jobs.
Biggert, who currently represents the 3rd Congressional District, is seeking an eighth term. Former Congressman Foster represented the 14th District from 2008 to 2010.
Did you watch the debate? Which candidate’s views line up with yours?