WAUSAU - Former republican congressman Sean Duffy stepped down in September, leaving an open seat in the house. Now, two republican 7th Congressional candidates are in the race to fill that seat. They took to the stage Thursday night for their first public debate in Wausau.
State senator Tom Tiffany and retired Army Captain Jason Church debated on a range of topics Thursday night, including abortion, economic development, and foreign affairs.
While they agree on a number of core issues, they had the chance to show their differences when it comes to policy. Church wasted no time to make his stance against abortion clear.
"We are simply subsidizing the killing of our own children," said Church. "Defunding planned parenthood would be one of my top priorities. That organization has done nothing but death."
While on the topic of economic growth and development, Tiffany denounced the ideas of presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
"I will work with president trump every day to drain the swamp and stop these socialist things happening in our federal government," said Tiffany.
Both candidates showed their strong support for President Trump.
Tiffany agreed with his proposal to cut food stamps in Wisconsin.
Church argued he's the only candidate who supported Trump from the start of his presidential campaign.
The primary for the special election will be held on February 18th.