Race For The 5th: Congressman Glenn Thompson And Kerith Strano-Taylor Square Off In Debate

Oct 17, 2016

Democratic challenger Kerith Strano-Taylor (left) and Republican Congressman Glenn Thompson appear in a debate on October 15, 2016.
Credit Erin Cassidy Hendrick / WPSU

With Election Day fast approaching, the candidates for Pennsylvania's fifth congressional district squared off in a debate.

Speaking from WPSU’s studio on Penn State’s University Park campus, Democratic challenger Kerith Strano-Taylor spoke about how she’d handle the current student debt crisis. She said, “I’m a huge proponent that students that come from families that earn under $125,000 a year get to go to college tuition-free.”

Republican Congressman Glenn Thompson disagreed. He also said since Penn State is a state-affiliated university, it wouldn’t be included in free college plans. He said, "In terms of college free, that would need to be paid for. There’s better ways to do things in terms of problem solving.”

Strano-Taylor also said she supports a single-payer healthcare system. Thompson advocated for an Obamacare replacement that would increase competition between insurance companies.