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>> vying for the illinois sixth congressional district in chicago's western suburbs. was hostedng debate by fox 32 chicago. >> one of the most watched contests inl america. >> i am campaigning aggressively. >> starving government for resources is not patriotic. >> the battle for illinois' sixth district, an outcome that could determine who controls the u.s. house. they will put your picture on one side of the screen and president trump's picture on the other. this that going to work? >> the two face off.
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the district forum starts now. >> good evening from the historic union club in downtown chicago. and fox 32 forum present the sixth district forum. welcome to a very special evening. we have more than 200 guests joining us in the historic abraham lincoln ballroom. everyone waiting to here with these candidates have to say about the issues. here are those candidates. the republican incumbent, and his challenger of downers grove. also joining us in the audience is my colleague from fox32. >> over the course of the next hour, we will be inviting some of our guests to the stage,
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where they can face the candidates and ask them questions directly. over the past couple days we have been asking our viewers to submit questions via facebook. we will be hearing from them as well. >> let's explain where the sixth congressional is around 75th street. it runs north through dupage county into northwest cook. this is not a forum. the candidates will not be on the clock, but i will make sure each side is treated fairly. as they prepare to vote this fall, republicans and democrats tell pollsters that president trump is top of mind. is that what voters should be thinking about? >> the responsibility of a representative in the sixth
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district is to reflect it into a coequal branch of congress. when it comes time to work with the administration on tax and regulatory reductions, i have advocated for those things. >> how is he doing as president? >> midland. goo-- middling. good on the economy, less so on other issues. president obama 94% of the time. the roll calls are harvey relief, puerto rico relief, faa authorization, right to try for terminal patients. we are seeking a misrepresentation of what the responsibility is of a number of congress. congress.of
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elections are about facts and character i spent my career as a scientist building businesses and trying to make a difference. >> how is president trump doing? >> i think president trump is the worst president of our generation. every time he is in office is a risk to our country and everything we thought for after world war ii. -- fought for after world war ii. the problem is congress is not acting as a check and balance. >> we still on with other parts of the world. wars are easy to
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win. are we winning? >> yesterday seems like a good day if europeans are willing to come to the table. said this is about facts and character. yet he misrepresented my position three times when it relates to the children's health insurance program. he falsely accuses me of cutting the program. i didn't do it. rather than owning up to the program, he deleted it. facts and character matter, but it is th important we get the facts right. >> did you misrepresent what the congressman did? >> yeah, i made a mistake and i deleted the tweet. it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. he was talking about chip. on trade, bob corker said it
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best. we create tariffs that put farmers on welfare, now we have put them onney to welfare. >> is widespread agreement the chinese are cheating, offering subsidies they should not be offering, and stealing our intellectual property. >> these are two separate issues. our trade policy ideally makes sure our workers compete on a level playing field. we just on ip in china, but ought to level the playing field. elemente policy is an of our foreign policy. has been so since the munro doctrine. the president is destabilizing
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the entire world order, from pulling out of nato to destabilizing the paris climate accord. proposing $12 billion for farmers, but what about manufacturers? >> that is a mistake. farmers want markets, farmers don't want subsidies. in thatt we don't go direction. matter intweets don't the grand scheme of things. i think our language matters. i think our twitter matters. i think how we present ourselves in public matters. the notion we are dismissive about a misrepresentation -- not once, not twice, but three times. just delete it and go away? that fundamentally mischaracterizes having representatives for
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constituency. >> you voted against the violence against women act, and kept a video on your website for three years saying he supported it. that is absolutely true. >> i voted in favor of the violence against women's act. there are two different versions. one had no restraint when it came to conscious objections. again this is a misrepresentation. how about this? >> you interrupted me. you voted against the violence against women act. you voted for the authorization that strict the funding by 30% -- stripped the funding by 30%. why you did that is on your conscience. >> you had folks that were going to be excluded based on the right to life issue. of course i'm going to stand up
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about that. >> let me ask about the proposal offered by colleagues in the thee to impeach rosenstein, activit deputy attorney general overseeing the mueller investigation. >> got to have hearings, you've got to have a discussion. do the responsibility as a member of congress. sean has already made his mind up about donald trump. he has made up his mind on indigent donald trump. -- on impeaching donald trump. on any objective measure, donald trump should be impeached. those are your words, sean. >> [indiscernible]
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>> let rosenstein testified. -- testify. >> i strongly support the mueller investigation. there is no indication there is any need to step in. the meal of investigation should be prompt, and it should dispose of these issues. it costs you nothing to support that. >> we will go to my colleague who has an audience question. yourself to the candidates please. e with us your russian. --
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>> i am an undergraduate student. by the time i graduated, i will have over $100,000 in student debt. how can you help me tackle this financial burden? >> we should allow people to refinance their loans at current rates. we need to recognize that the withgrant program grows the rate of college inflation. college rates have inflated faster then the economy. at the undergrad level, the state payments for state colleges have fallen to less than 25% of tuition. that burden needs to be addressed. at, youdon't fix th
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are not dealing with the root cause. >> i introduced a bill that would require students to disclose the totality of the project. when people enter into college, one year becomes compounded after another. i have also been active on the ways and means committee looking at endowments. i joined other leaders inquiring of college endowments, how is it you are benefiting under the tax code, and yet these schools that are now flush with cash -- there has not been that approach to make that money available? with thetively working every student succeeds act. it is an initiative that needs some fine tuning. >> should there be more federal assistance for students? >> yeah, and there has been.
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the education bubble we are in his going to burst. -- is going to burst. it is not rational to spend $50,000 a year for a degree coming out of these liberal arts colleges. >> the congressman is very proud of his role in passing the tax cuts that took effect earlier this year. you say he shouldn't be. why? >> look, if you're going to run a business successfully, you need to make sure revenues cover expenses. donald trump does not have that history. he runs businesses into the ground. the tax cut gave us $2 trillion of deficits. who paid for it? 83% go to the top 1%. one third of u.s. equities are owned by foreigners. they made more money from this tax cut flowing out to foreigners than the middle class
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that means it. -- that needs it. it is not growing the economy. businesses are not investing. there is a massive increase in dividend distribution. this was a gift. in sean's introductory podcast, he told us he is a multimillionaire, sold the company, and had the luxury and free time to figure out what he would do next. he came up with a tax plan that is a massive tax increase on the sixth congressional district. he proposed to raise all of the tax rates we lowered. he would cut the child tax credit, reimposed the alternative minimum tax on 30,000 people. he has stood with mike madigan against the property text
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freeze. he said he is in favor of aghast. -- of a gas tax. he has said he is in favor of lifting the cap on social security earnings. that is devastating. here is what we have as a result -- 18 year unemployment low. we have 20 year manufacturing confidence high. i was out in downers grove off butterfield road. it was cold flavored town. -- called flavor town. $4 milliond to a piece of equipment that they say they bought specifically because of the tax cut. not only that, it is helping them meet in for mental standards. meet environmental standards? >> a $2 trillion deficit?
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are we going to have trillion dollar deficits forever? >> no, it is less than that. because our it is 800 billion. the last two american presidents have told the american public medicare is fine. we have 10,000 people stepping into medicare who are baby boomers every 24 hours. >> let's hit a couple points. you are quite right unemployment is at an all-time low. we are at a nine-year economic boom that was created. let us recall he saved us from a massive recession caused by your tax bill. what you learn -- >> is congressman wright that you would raise every -- is the congressman right that you would
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raise every tax cut? me telltax bill -- let you the way business owners think about things. let me not throw money out of the system, let's invest. when you're getting money in dividends -- if i am sitting on piles of cash, and suddenly i have more cash, investors say we need to make a distribution. it is leading to corporate dividends, not investments. we are sitting on cash reserves. >> why should voters vote for you to raise taxes? >> need a growing economy. when wages are falling, when companies are not investing, when money is slowing out of the economy as a result of the tax bill, that is not putting money in people's pockets.
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you can see it in the numbers, the median income of the district -- people are not getting tax relief from this bill. they are getting it in an assumption rate. >> did you notice something? i listed the litany of tax hikes sean has advocated. you followed up and asked the question, and she did not deny it. he is for raising all of these taxes. it would be a disaster. >> income purchasing power has dropped by 1.4%. >> there are two issues. one is the actual tax decrease. rates coming down. family.$4600 per
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he is conflating this and talking about another number, and that is trying to create the other growth as it relates to the economy. what we are talking about is actual tax cuts. talks aboutre sean his according to a misleading impression. i will give you 15 seconds, then we going to an audience question. the $4600 is based on made-up numbers. that based on a family could incentivize and did not and now takes advantage of the standard deduction. >> a question from facebook -- i have a medical condition and my
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medication costs $12,700 per month. thankfully my insurance is paying for the medication. tell me what you will do to ensure i will always be able to get my medication, should i lose my insurance for some reason. >> we got to get to universal health care. we pay more than every country in the world, for health care and we have lower quality outcomes than any country. they have models that look like the aca with a public option. i am not talking about medicare for all. i am talking about a multiplicity of options where consumers can make the best choice. along with commercial for-profit providers. specifically?ces >> there is a whole separate series on drug prices.
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voted to repeal the aca. he likes to say he is an advocate for pre-existing conditions, but you cannot have access without affordability. what peter has advocated is allowing insurance companies to decide what to charge people. that will put people in a very difficult situation. on sean's website, he says he is an advocate to providing medicare for all. no, you are taking the sentence out of context. if everyone wants medicare, you get medicare for all. i believe in consumer choice. reason thishe pressure is because of high deductibles and co-pays. remember when president obama gave a speech in chicago? he said, if you like your
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coverage, you can keep it. he made the representation that every family would save $2500. none of that turned out to be true. >> but what would you do -- rep. roskam: you have to increase competition. you have to do trade deals that enhance intellectual property in the united states. i just yesterday helped savings savents to allow to tax-free. it is pretty modest. >> it does not sound like she is making that much. health care for all of our employees. we saw the benefits bringing down the cost as we were participating. hsa's are not helpful for those without the kind of income. >> the overwhelming majority of hsa users are under $200.
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>> the cdo said when he voted to repeal the -- cbo said when you voted to repeal the aca, 20 million americans would lose health care coverage. if you don't have health care coverage, the fact that you have saying let's give everyone a roth ira to solve poverty. rep. roskam: plain language of the bill i voted for says nothing permits insurance to limit access to health coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions. ife is where we are now -- you are in the sixth congressional district today, and you are in mchenry county and you are in the exchange, there is one insurance company you can choose. that is not an option. that is not an invitation for greatness. that is a manipulation for
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people. why is it after the passage of the aca we are so restless? because they overpromised and the under delivered. underdelivered. >> you talk about republican sabotage. the congressman points out one insurer. my brother-in-law is getting clobbered with skyhigh premiums and deductibles. mr. casten: let's look at the facts. is the aca perfect? is there ever a built that was perfect? probably not. for 16 years, i was running companies. every year we saw health insurance premiums go up every year. >> what will you do for the small business guys? mr. casten: i was a small business guy. when the aca was passed, our
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premiums still went up unacceptably high. i still had to make decisions about how much coverage we can provide and how much we would have for raises. a you gets more healthy people in the system, the rates go down, and they did. do we have limitation in choice? truly. we have to take a great step forward and fix the patches. trump has been openly sabotaging this since he came in. rep. roskam: let me talk about the sabotage phrase. from what yesterday the democrats were saying on the house floor. we took part of the aca. this is a bill that was on the house floor yesterday. it took the catastrophic coverage from the affordable care act. we said, these deductibles are massive. a healthlet's attach savings account to this.
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all the time we have been hearing across the nation, let's fix the affordable care act. let's take the ac anda put an hsa on it. we are told the same thing sean told us today. that is not sabotage. mr. casten: hsa was an option we provided to employees. it was not in the of their health insurance. -- not in lieu of their health insurance. when she has bills that big, i can reasonably assume she does not have the income to put money aside in the hsa. catastrophic insurance coverage recognizes that as human beings, every one of us in this room could have something unfortunate that we could not afford to pay. telling someone to buy an hsa is cruel. rep. roskam: attaching it to
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something that already exists? >> some of the demonstrators outside this building have been organized by the national abortion rights action league, planned parenthood. obviously some of them are concerned about abortion, and they are opposed to you, cumbersome, because you are pro-life. they feel it nominee brett kavanaugh is on the supreme court, abortion could cesae bein g a right. rep. roskam: i am pro-life. many people in my constituency are pro-life. i think the question for sean, why is it he moves to compel taxpayers to pay for abortions even when they reject it? he celebrates that he will repeal the height amendment if elected into congress. -- hyde amendment if elected to
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congress. when a child is in the womb, there is no dispute in terms of science as to whether a child as to whether a child is capable of experiencing pain. have a bill that will protect that child. sean is opposed to that. mr. casten: i respect that peter's moral view is different than mine. that's fine. we can respectfully disagree. my this --opposed to that. fundams moderator: do you favor any limits at all on when or how an abortion is available? is casten: for me this entirely a matter of choice. is theice about what right decision for a woman is up to her and her doctor. peter is opposed to abortion even in cases of rape and insist. moderator: would you move viability back? mr. casten: this is where the
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western european health systems. western european health systems do not allow late term abortions so there's no limitations whatsoever and under sean's view, taxpayers are compelled to pay for it. troubling.ery mr. casten: here's the distinction. view abortion like a medical procedure like gallbladder surgery. the conditions that would cause decide to have an extremely invasive procedure that she's going to grapple with that's aof her life, hard decision. i don't think anybody takes those decisions lightly. when we -- when we legislate
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is fore right thing specific individuals, i'm almost surprised to hear a republican take this position. this is an individual rights issue. this is a do you trust people to decision fort themselves. rep. roskam: and taxpayers pay that's sean's view. mr. casten: all of the evidence reduce we do not incidents of abortion. rep. roskam: you're going to compel people, american the hite amendment is repealed and you said you to the day to repeal the hite amendment. why would you compel someone to that if they find it morally offensive. choice.en: it's a false before roe v. wade was passed, entire rooml had an dedicated to sepsis. lives at risk. moderator: to my colleague with
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questions. thank you for participating in tonight's forum. freda, ie is jerry live in inverness. according to sources, homes in the 6th district will be more expensive and it will be more run government as a result of the passage of the tax law. what do you plan to do about this? rep. roskam: this is the not what's happening. what we're seeing is robust economic activity. state of illinois has more money that's come in as a result of this. the types of businesses that talking about are now expanding. i was up not far from you, in mchenry county, visiting with a mother and childcareho own a business and they said, look, i asked them, how is business and they said business is booming. said why? and they said because of the tax bill. economice're seeing is
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activity. we're seeing taxes go down. we're seeing the type of i mentioned as ago, aof minutes manufacturing company in elgin, expanding business. wascasten: the question values.operty you'vee tax regime, essentially eliminated the incentive to own versus buy. i'm saying the national realtors whof knows the most about this says the net effect of the bill will property values. a gentleman i met in downers grove who has a business that apartments has retuned his business to say this is a great time to be length, properties and renting them because it's supply-demand. if you reduce the incentive for increase theu pressure --
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moderator: mr. casten, you propose to ban assault weapons magazines attached to them but millions of splerns and enjoy them. why would you ban them? mr. casten: for a real simple job requiress your you to kill large numbers of people quickly, i don't know why that'suld own a weapon designed to kill large numbers of people quickly. i like eating meat. i don't particularly want a piece of venison that's been strafed. this isn't interfering with sportsmenights to be or people's rights of self defense. this is putting guns in the hands of people that have an that is only designed for military uses and when we now coming into schools and communities, how do you defend against that? this should not be a hard choice. moderator: mr. roskam, you got zero in the last election cycle
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sarah brady and campaign to control firearms and 93% rating from the n.r.a. that banning assault weapons is common sense. rep. roskam: i had a real with a groupeeting of glenbard north high school the recentter one of shootings and we're at a very challenging time as it relates right now, that is, violence. i'm in favor of the universal background check. i voted against the national association when they proposed a reciprocity bill for that would not have honored illinois standards. and voted to them against it. i actively advocated to get rid stocks, which was the big problem in the vegas shooting and the treasury on urging fromed members of congress like me, abolished it. moved forward to the stop school violence act which tools thatls the they need. that's --sue
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moderator: why would anybody need an assault weapon? rep. roskam: first of all, is a loadedon pejorative term. to's hard military style -- rep. roskam: good luck defining it but beyond that there is a right to bear arms in this country. we have a constitutional right to bear arms. this is something we ought not to be dismissive about and if we constitution,the so be it. but what i've tried to do to reflect this constituency is to sense of balance, to have common-sense things that make sense and at the same time look, part of the other problem is this is a mental health issue so i've red-flag law. we've seen time and again where family members or law gottenment locally have the word that somebody is not stable, not well. and get those guns. mr. casten: one of the most heartbreaking things i've heard trail, you did meet with six of the glenbard students. i met with 600 of them.
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you didn't show up for that. it was moving. students came to the district a couple of months ago. thes chatting with one of outside and he said i hope you win and i said thank you and elected, do you get something. has anor: my colleague audience question. steer more tends to personal. facebook,us from kimberly jansen. campaignsto know -- typically focus on candidates' achievements. i think you learn more about a failures.ough their tell us about a significant failure in your life and how it you.d
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moderator: mr. casten? mr. casten: how much time have got? i became real concerned about 29,ate change when i was working as a consultant and decided this wasn't a technology problembut a business and because i was filled with the hubris of youth i thought of my braineds more so i took over a small and struggling manufacturing company it from a $3 million $9 million but along the way we went through $1 million but i had to struggle making payroll and making hard choices. coming to appreciate that great your ideas may be in the long term, if you haven't tought through all the teps get there, you need to be careful and i hope i learned then.esson since moderator: april 13, 1992, was a hard day for my wife elizabeth me. we were in the midst of campaign for state representative and
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very cavalier. elizabeth was expecting our thought, oh,d we we were so cavalier about the young couples go through child bearing and we elmhurst hospital and were in an emotional freefall jack,e learned our son, had died, and he was born still. that has shaped me. has formed me and that has view thefluenced how i world. moderator: let's switch to immigration. mr. casten, many of your fellow democrats, some in congress, are to abolish i.c.e., the customs enforcement agency. mr. casten: i don't support that. i think it's the wrong question to be asking. what we need to deal with is
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we've lost a way as a country. our history is based on being the country that attracted the brightest to our shores, that created homes for recognized that some of these people are refugees and asylum seekers. done a lot as a family to help some of those folks come over and that we're now sitting onlyplace that is not reducing our visa programs but we're actually kidnapping babies. this is not a conversation -- no, we should not abolish i.c.e. make surewe need to we have a screening process to country.ple into the moderator: what should there be on immigration? mr. casten: the piece to grapple and this is a difficult civil liberties issue. the overwhelming majority of undocumented immigrants in this country are visa over-stays. sneaking across the border and that was the preponderance, trump's laws wouldn about maybe make sense. what we have in this country
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a control perspective is we screen people, they pass our longer.and they stay that's a tricky issue on a civil liberties front but we have a come hereple who have through various chance and in 2006 peter voted against a bill provided amnesty for people who had come here legally. in 2009, you sponsored a bill would remove birth right citizenship, people who were born here. 2015, you voted to report people who self identified under dhaka. the situation we have now with what trump is doing at the border, the reason you're not standing up to it is trump is carrying out the policies you've been long advocating. rep. roskam: when sean's party charge, nancy pelosi was reid -- theyarry got everything wanted but they did nothing as it relates to
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the youngn so when man the other day, sean, tells you to do something on gun violence, how about being a party that's true to do something on immigration. here's the bill -- let me make this point. i voted in favor of a bill -- this within the past couple of not a single democrat came on board. would have brought border security. fixed it for the dreamers and would have ended the family separation policy and for all. what shawn has advocated for which he didn't mention is he's in favor of sanctuary cities and having lawtates, enforcement locally and at a state level put a stiff arm with federal enforcement. moderator: build a wall at the border? rep. roskam: i get it. walls work in urban areas. particularly successful all across so you need different technologies in different areas. in urban areas.
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moderator: mr. casten, is there something you didn't tell us proposals? mr. casten: again, this is -- i center-right is a proposition. i wasn't in congress before. hown't make decisions about they prioritize things. but this is a local control issue. overwhelming majorities of police are saying it's hard to do effective community policing if people don't talk to you. to first responders saying if someone in your town has a rare virus, we'd like to that, we want you to come forward. it's hard to do that when you don't trust the government. a tragic statistic when houston invited i.c.e. to come in and essentially went what you're advocating, there was an immediate decline incidentsc violence exclusively among hispanic women. not a reduction in domestic violence. it was a reduction in reported. sound, robuste a immigration policy while still
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respecting the agency and local communities to make decisions about those issues that matter. you have localen law enforcement and state law banned fromthat is cooperating with federal law enforcement, how does that make any sense? of pounds ofusands heroin that are coming in that i.c.e. is catching. thousands of pounds of fentanyl that is coming in that so theis stopping novings putting an artificial thiser on this issueuned issue alone makes no sense to me i'm against the sanctuary city and i'm surprised sean advocates for it. moderator: we have a question. take it away.r, scott: please introduce yourself your question. >> paul farber from willowbrook, illinois. my question is, how would you the other party to pass bipartisan legislation? scott: thank you. moderator: congressman? rep. roskam: i've done it.
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whenked with barack obama he was president of the united states and we worked closely on passing the anti-boycott language to protect the economic israel, our close ally. i worked with the obama making sureon on that the trade adjustment assistance was in place, according to the georgetown university's lugar center, i am the most bipartisan member of the illinois congressional delegation. i got every member of the house representatives, both republicans and democrats, to join with me to take authority away from the internal revenue service in abusive cases where the i.r.s. wasn't doing the job. i've done it. that's my history. and i will continue to work that way. moderator: mr. casten? mr. casten: when your signature $2ievement is passing a trillion deficit that got nari a democratic vote, it's amusing to say you work on a
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bipartisan basis. i put the comment, we should members of congress to the same standards we hold c.f.o.iticians to and my and i, we raised a decent amount of money. hisver asked him where politics were because it doesn't matter. i'm sure we disagreed on issues. chief of engineering, we built a lot of projects together. i don't know his politics. we shouldn't lose that because we're members of congress. winuld thinking that if i nexterhaps randy holtglen door wins, i would imagine we have a lot of things to cooperate on that have nothing to do with party affiliation. moderator: are there grounds for you to cooperate with president trump? mr. casten: if there are issues see eye-to-eye on. moderator: give me an example. mr. casten: one of the few things he's done that i do agree
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with is that i think his theease in arming some of eastern european countries. moderator: ukraine? ukraine?apons to mr. casten: i'm glad he did that been in congress, i would have supported that. rep. roskam: sean has said that matter in these different formats but he called the republican party in december 2017, the pedophile party. he called the work that i've bipartisan basis on opioids, which, frankly, all across the congress this, has been a very good thing. sean described that as b.s. mean, this is one presentation today but the sharp of edginess is in stark contrast to that. that sort of aggression where basically put down and the politics of ridicule and i think that members on the other side the aisle are going to come running over. that's not the way it is. that is breaking down relationships. you described,
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sean. mr. casten: what makes me tremendously sad, look at my background. nothing in the can findn party that i attractive right now? i have tremendous respect for john mccain and the generation that's unfortunately passing out party. i have been endorsed by bill riley, head of the e.p.a. under george w. bush. have a lot of history. one of my very good friends is a republican state senator in me he'sand he told retiring, not because he doesn't have character and values, but acause he can't figure out way to campaign on his morals and win his primaries because of the toxicity that's come into the party. rep. roskam:toxicity into the party, toxicity sean has introduced into public life by calling an entire political a party of pedophiles and
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taking a body of work and dismissing it as b.s.? moderator: is it time for a better relationship with russia, mr. casten? mr. casten: no, no. think -- i think one of almostngs that i think every president of the last five on isde a mistake underestimating the fact that we have the threat in russia. george w. bush said we won the cold war, let's pivot. bill clinton didn't focus on it. barack obama said the 1980's they want their foreign policy back and now withd trump has a bromance vladimir putin. moderator: your party's president says it's time to have relationship with russia and drop sanctions. rep. roskam: i was on a meeting tax reform in the white house after the helsinki presentation was troubled by that and i
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went up to the president him if is and asked could talk to him about russia. told him thend i story of three years before when i led a delegation with the jewish federation of chicago and went to jerusalem and i had a meet cher anski and he said when ronald reagan spoke gave his famous speech, calling it an evil empire, he said he knew it was the beginning of the end for the soviet union and the guards knew it, too. i communicated that to donald trump. he was very defensive. democracye house partnership, a bipartisan group that works with emerging democracies. ukraine three times. moderator: why do you think he's not responsive when you talk like it? do you think the rution have something on the president? rep. roskam: i don't know. here's what i do know. we need to be clear on this and
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is malevolent nature of the russian regime. they are aggressive. to recognize the iraniannt nature of the regime. mr. casten: here's what's usually troubling. i think the idea that donald that story isnds troubling in itself. to compelhave voted the president to release his tax returns, you didn't. the answer toknow the question of whether or not there are conflicts there. allow at a macro level, we live in a world, post world war ii, because of the amazing effort put forth by multiple from truman to eisenhower forward to create the this empire. moderator: do you favor changes in treaties, nato? mr. casten: russia has a life
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expectancy of less than 50. have an economy almost completely dependent on oil and playnly card they have to is a huge nuclear arsenal. iny have a vested interest destabilizing that world order. we are effectively today russia's foreign policy. why we are doing that is secondary to the fact that we thatnd we need to fix yesterday. moderator: congressman? rep. roskam: sean makes the reception about tax returns. the tax return policy of the aternal revenue code has limitation that says it can only be used for the purposes of the internalhether revenue service has violated the law. shopping around. moderator: the proposal in springfield, you can't be on the ballot unless you release your tax return. runningkam: how about for governor? will pritzker release his?
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moderator: i'd do it for governors, too. rep. roskam: should j.b. pritzker? mr. casten: i'm not sure. i want to stay on the topic we're at. every politician releases tax returns is an academic question. currentor not our president whose own son has said a lot of our money comes from our ownwhether president who for the first time in recent history has not released his tax returns and has not devested his businesses, it's in the national interest whether he has entanglements. moderator: we've got another question. scott: our final social media greg orieser. teen listenave you and younger people's interests. mr. casten: i think you said young women?
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scott: what steps have you taken to listen to their concerns and represent their interests. mr. casten: i've had a lot of fun going to a lot of high schools. i'm trying to get to the government classes because they're smart kids and i think they know a lot more than us sometimes. the students organized the gun violence debate. show up.0 people peter and i were both invited. andad a host of interns last week after the kavanaugh ruling we brought in some really, really impressive, i admit, somewhat older women, to chat about what's going on and what's at stake for and women's lives right now. people who feel i'm not listening to them, orase swing by my office give me a call. rep. roskam: in this congress, 475 meetings in this constituency in the 6th district, in the office, in meetings, in schools, in
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companies and visits and and so forth. moderator: criticism you don't hold town meetings. enough.kam: fair sean could have interestingly whenished senator durbin he was at a press event last week for doing the exact same the obamacare debate when senator durbin in august of 2009 recognized that halls were stunts and manipulations and wisely said that's not bringing civil discourse. it way i've conducted it, has. i've met with over 20,000 people.als, groups of moderator: we're running out of time and we want time for closing statements. mr. casten? mr. casten: thank you, mike, thank you to all the folks who came out here today and thank you to the lincoln forum and on.ury for putting this i'm a businessman, not a career do know this. i the constitution says that congress has an obligation to
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a check and balance on the executives and congress is obligated to be a rubber stamp. that's probably the biggest place where peter and i differ. he supports the trump administration lock, stock and barrel, at the expensive of his district. think the overwhelming majority of people in this district think healthcare should effective.le and peter voted with the president to take it away from 30,000 of his constituents. to school where they have lockdown drills and are nervous about safety. 2015 there was a sporting interest in armor piercing bullets and rather than voting to protect our students, he's voting to protect the rights of the n.r.a. women have a right to choose. peter thinks he has a right to choose. lastly, human caused climate tonge is real and we need elect people who will fix it, not call it junk science. come november, after i win this we'll start fixing this in washington.
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rep. roskam: we're at a tumultuous season in public life enterr challenge is to into relationships with one another where we talk to one another, not past one another. heard in a litany of descriptions of what i've andght about my opponent how he characterizes people, ridicules people, demeans troubling.really what i've demonstrated is a capacity to bring people together in washington, d.c. done that on the ways and means committee. i've done that taking on the internal revenue service. done that as it results to opioid relief. i've done that with obama administration. stood up to my party when that's appropriate and i've worked with my party when it's appropriate but what we need are people of goodwill to be active when itprocess because all comes down to it, our country is the envy of the world vote'm asking for your this november. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, that
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concludes the form. you know what, i have learned to some things. this was a substantive exchange well worth the time. i look forward to seeing you further out on the campaign. >> thank you. >> [applause] >> thank you, good job. saturday at 10:00 a.m. eastern on american history tv, life, all-day coverage from james madison university in harrisonburg, virginia. speakers include the ceo of the american civil war museum and the museums historians.
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