The three leading candidates seeking to represent California’s District 3 in the United States House of Representatives shared the stage Tuesday night in a debate hosted by KCRA 3 and CapRadio.
The debate featured Democrat Kermit Jones, a Roseville doctor; Republican Scott Jones, Sacramento County Sheriff; and Republican Kevin Kiley, a state assemblyman who currently represents parts of El Dorado, Placer, and Sacramento counties.
CapRadio’s Insight will rebroadcast the debate on Wednesday at 9 a.m.
CapRadio State political reporter Nicole Nixon and KCRA 3 anchor Edie Lambert moderated the debate, asking the candidates how they would respond to rising consumer prices, climate change, drought affecting the California and other issues.
Misinformation dominated the conversation. When asked if President Joe Biden “was rightfully elected president in 2020,” Kiley and Scott Jones did not answer yes.
“Look, there’s a political answer, but there’s my honest answer,” Scott Jones said. “My honest answer is, I don’t know. It depends on who you watch, what newscast you watch. But I know a lot of people are pretty confused and don’t know the answer to that question.”
Courts and Secretaries of State across the country have made no findings of fraud in the 2020 election.
The debate also came a week after the deadly shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, where 21 people were killed, including 19 children. When asked why such shootings happen so frequently in the United States, the three candidates did not discuss the regulation of access to firearms and instead stressed the need for better mental health screenings. and ways to toughen up schools.
“I think there are people who become disaffected in our society, people who have access to guns, which we have a constitutional right to have, but people who have serious problems and who do not receive any help use them against fellow Americans,” said Kermit Jones.
On the issue of inflation, Kiley called for fewer regulations on businesses, the completion of the Keystone Pipeline, and limiting the federal budget.
“The federal government has run deficits of nearly $6 trillion over the past two years. We just print money,” Kiliey said. “And so the solution is quite simple. It’s about stopping doing that, stopping new spending, getting the federal budget down to a manageable size, and that includes eliminating waste, fraud and abuse, which are absolutely rampant.”
Each of the three candidates also said they would not support a return to COVID-19 restrictions on businesses as case rates rise.
US House District 3 has no incumbent as it was redrawn as part of California’s redistricting process.
Competing for the largest district in the state, the new 3rd Congressional District stretches from Plumas County’s Lake Almanor north to south of Death Valley National Park, spanning seven counties along the Nevada border. It also includes the more densely populated suburban towns of Rocklin, Roseville, and Folsom.
While Republicans outnumber Democratic voters in the new district, former President Donald Trump gained among his voters just 1 percentage point in 2020. Trump backed Kiley in the race.
Nicole Nixon contributed to this report.
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