Debate started. Kerri doing intros.
She starts with Paulsen. Asks for his "singular accomplishment."
The repeal of the medical tax is what he mentions.
To pass that bill through the House is the accomplishment. It's not yet law.
As for one that is passed, he and Klobuchar worked together to streamline FDA requirements. It was signed this summer.
Kerri says his voting record is party-line. is he bi-partisan.
Paulsen mentions the FDA reform measures taht were passed nearly unanimously. He had to work bi-partisanly.
He wants to be able to "move the ball forward."
Barnes on Paulsen's bi-partisanship:
"What you are talking about is taking that country over party approach." He says Paulsen's bi-partisanship is Democrats crossing the aisle to work with him.
He says that he voted accross the aisle on an amendment on FDA regulation of tobacco.
Bi-partisanship matters. It means being a good listener. You also need to move around the floor and talk to your colleagues.
Kerri moves on to health care.
Paulsen voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He wants to keep pre-conditions coverage. Kerri asks for more specifics.
ACA doesn't address the pocket book. We should reimburse physicians for emailing with their patients to control chronic conditions and other new models. Make the system more patient-centered.
We need to close the donut hole.
3rd District businesses have already received a benefit from the ACA.
Kerri asks about whether the ACA should be reformed in some places.
Barnes says keep it and move it forward. We need to control costs in the system. We have a 21st century doctor's office and a 19th centrury administration. We need to reduce the amount that private insurance is paid.
If you repeal the ACA, you will immediately harm seniors and young adults on their parents' plan.
Paulsen in response to Betty:
He signed a "no tax" pledge while still in the state legislature but doesn't feel beholden to that for life. But he does believe in tax reform.
Kerri asks if people at the top of the tax scale could pay more?
"I say the answer is 'no.' We should not raise the taxes on anyone."
"When you say 'expanding the tax base' you are saying your are increasing taxes on soldiers and old people."
"I believe we can sunset the Bush-era tax cuts on individuals making over 1-million dollars a year." 100% of that should go for reducing the debt.
I have voted to eliminate weapon systems. We need to "wind down our overseas commitments."
I know the importance having the best equipment in the field. But we have the largest Navy in the world. We have 12 aircraft carriers in operation and 3 under constructions.
We can maintain the military and make some smart cuts.
We've robbed from medicare to pay for the ACA. And the independent payment advisory board makes decisions to ration medical care. They don't have to be medically trained.
Thanks Undancey. I am passing this to Kerri.
That we are robbing medicare is a falsehood. It's a savings.
We should let medicare negiotiate their own pricing. That's the first palce we start.
The chief actuary of Medicare says there is waste, fraud, and abuse. We need legislation to clean that up and protect Medicare.
I haven't met anyone is "for" waste, fraud, and abuse,
I am for equal pay. When women are not paid equitably, it affects families, not just women.
Lily Ledbetter Act was passed without hearings. Paulsen says it is ridiculous to be against equal pay. He supports equitabel pay but voted against Ledbetter. Says it was mainly good for trial lawyers.
Paulsen on reproductive rights:
Paulsen supports abortion only in the instance of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the mother.
Paulsen says that he learned from Ramstad about constituent service.
He separates himself from his party on energy. He thinks nuclear energy is safe and that if we want energy independence, we need to think about expanding nuclear. The DFL doesn't support nuclear energy, although Kerri points out that Obama does.
Kerri asks about climate change.
We can't go it alone. We need to work with China and India. He doesn't dispute that it is getting warmer.
"I'm not a scientist" and I don't know if climate change is from human activity. He doesn't know if we are responsible. He won't dispute the science.
Barnes on climate change:
"I want people on Congress who are smart enough to understand this." he says "I am a numbers guy" and that we need to look at science, accept what it is, and use that to find ways to move forward.
If Barnes supports cap and trade. That is a mistake.
Coal is a large form of baseload energy. Until we have storage capacity for green energy, we need to clean up coal.
Paulsen on climate change again:
"It's not understanding the science," it's about finding solutions. "What I would support is nuclear energy, smaller carbon footprints, cleaning up emissions."