Press Release: In WFMZ Debate, Susan Wild Demonstrates Command of Issues and Offers Bipartisan Solutions to Help Pennsylvanians Get Ahead


Opponent Stumbles on Economy, Immigration, Doubles-Down on Washington Republicans’ Partisan Playbook

Bethlehem, Pa (Oct. 15, 2018) —Tonight, in the first of a two-part debate on WFMZ’s “Business Matters” program, Democrat Susan Wild drew a clear distinction from her opponents by offering commonsense, bipartisan solutions and demonstrating a strong command of the issues.  In the half-hour segment, taped on October 9 before a live audience, moderator Tony Iannelli posed questions to Wild and to Republican candidate Marty Nothstein and Libertarian candidate Tim Silfies on issues ranging from the economy, wage stagnation, immigration policy, and fixing Washington partisanship.  

The contrast between the major candidates could not have been more clear.  Nothstein declared in the debate that “people are happy” with the state of our economy.  Wild, however, made it clear that she will not be satisfied as long as wages remain stagnant and working families in the Seventh District struggle to get by while the policies of Washington Republicans continue to benefit only the wealthiest individuals and large corporations.  

“The people I talk to across the district don’t feel like we have a strong economy,” Wild said during the debate, “because they’re working, in many cases, two or three jobs to get by, to pay for their health care, to pay for their utilities.  So the economy is working if you’re already wealthy. I think we are leaving working families behind and young people who are trying to get out of debt from their education and people who are underemployed.”

While Nothstein said “I don’t necessarily think our immigration system is broken,” Susan Wild understands that we need comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders, keeps families together, enables DREAMers to stay here, and supports the growth of a strong economy.  

Calling out Nothstein for seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which even retired Republican Rep. Charlie Dent could not support doing, Wild pledged to work to end the rampant partisanship plaguing Congress.  The voters, she said, are looking for “somebody who will go to Washington and behave in a civilized manner, be willing to work with people on the other side, and try to move this country forward.”

The second and final part of the WFMZ “Business Matters” debate will air next Monday, October 22, at 7:30pm.  


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