Round 2: Candidates square off in second debate for District 6 seat
Posted June 9
COBB COUNTY, GA — Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff met Thursday morning in their second debate in the race for the congressional seat in District 6.
The two rivals met Tuesday in their first televised debate, and again on Thursday ahead of a June 20 election that has garnered national attention and an avalanche of spending.
Thursday's debate included topics regarding tax cuts, President Trump's proposed budget, and replacing Obamacare.
To replace or repeal Obamacare
Karen Handel: "[Obamacare] is a system that is collapsing in on itself. We need more choices...get the Federal government out of the way."
Jon Ossoff: "We need to introduce more competition into the insurance market. I oppose legislation that guts out protections for Georgians with pre-existing conditions."
Trump's proposed budget
Karen Handel: "If we reduce corporate rates and individual rates we will start to spur real economic growth so we can get the economy moving up into the 3 percent economic range, if not higher."
Jon Ossoff: "I do not support any increase in income tax rates. What I support is a serious approach to tackling wasteful spending and then setting the right priorities like infrastructure, high tech research and education."
District 6 race
This is the most expensive congressional race in U.S. history and Handel went on the attack when it comes to campaign financing.
"Your campaign is being propelled by the most liberal of elements...from Nancy Pelosi to Hank Johnson to Jane Fonda...they are not from this district," said Handel.
"Most of the advertising that's been running on Secretary Handel's behalf...in anonymous amounts," countered Ossoff.
(MORE: Despite spending big money, District 6 candidates ask for more)
Handel had previously accused Ossoff of not wanting national exposure because of his "flimsy resume." Ossoff says he wants to focus on the local community, and also accused Handel of hiding from the media.
Handel is also attacking Ossoff for not agreeing to a nationally televised debate on a cable network.
(MORE: Meet both candidates: Handel and Ossoff)
The election is another test for how President Donald Trump and the Republican-run Congress are playing with voters outside Washington. Republicans already have won special House elections this spring in Kansas and Montana.
The winner will replace Republican Tom Price, who's now Trump's health secretary.
CBS46 will also broadcast our campaign special "The Showdown in District 6" which will air on the channel on Tuesday, June 13 at 9 p.m.