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Eye On Boise

Labrador, Farris face off in lively debate

Democratic challenger Jimmy Farris, left, and GOP Congressman Raul Labrador, right, shake hands after a lively debate on live statewide TV on Thursday night. (Idaho Public Television / Kevin Rank)
Democratic challenger Jimmy Farris, left, and GOP Congressman Raul Labrador, right, shake hands after a lively debate on live statewide TV on Thursday night. (Idaho Public Television / Kevin Rank)

1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador and Democratic challenger Jimmy Farris faced off in a lively debate tonight on Idaho Public Television. Among the highlights: Labrador called for raising the retirement age for Social Security to 70 and cutting a third of the staff at the Pentagon; and said he backs banning all abortions except to save the life of the mother. Farris opposed raising the retirement age and instead called for raising the cap on earnings taxed for Social Security; and agreed with Labrador that cuts in defense spending could reduce waste. Labrador said, "The first decision I made in Congress was to actually listen to Walt Minnick," his Democratic predecessor, who urged him to hire his constituent services chief. "She has been the best decision I made as a congressman," Labrador said.

I'll have a full report tomorrow. For more on the Idaho Debates, click here.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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