Press Release: Wild Wins PBS Debate as Candidates Present Clear Choice to Voters


Bethlehem, Pa. (Oct. 23, 2018) —This evening, Democrat Susan Wild emerged as the clear winner in PBS live debate among the candidates for Congress in PA-07. She faced Republican Marty Nothstein and Libertarian Tim Silfies in an hour-long debate on issues ranging from health care and education to immigration and cleaning up Washington. 

“Tonight, voters had a chance to see the clear choice in this election,” Wild said in a statement following the debate. “It’s a choice between the partisanship that broke Washington or the spirit of achieving bipartisan results that can fix it. I’m ready to use the skills I’ve honed over thirty years to get results for the Seventh District. If we want to change Washington, we need to change who we send there.”

The distinction between the candidates was on full display as Republican Marty Nothstein went off the rails trying to mislead voters with partisan attacks. During his opening statement, instead of introducing himself to voters, he chose to go on a partisan rant about political ads and impugning the background of his Democratic opponent. Later, in a rambling performance, he attacked defense spending, alleged that teachers aren’t engaged enough with their students, and railed against the free press for covering his campaign.

In clear contrast, Wild presented a smart, strategic vision and made it clear that she won’t become mired in divisive Washington politics. “I want to go to Washington to be an independent voice for the people of this district,” Wild said during the debate. She laid out a common sense agenda on making health care more affordable, protecting seniors, and investing in future generations. “I believe that quality, affordable health care is a right, not a privilege,” she declared. “I believe that every child deserves a quality public education - regardless of the zip code they live in,” she added later. 

The election for Congress in the Seventh District will take place on November 6, concurrent with the special election to fill the vacancy in the previously numbered Fifteenth District. The candidates on the ballot will be the same in both contests.


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