Scott Perry takes on challenger George Scott in Harrisburg debate

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg hosted a debate Monday between incumbent Congressman Scott Perry and Democrat challenger George Scott.

Topics ranged from the growing national deficit to climate change to border security.

Perry currently represents the 4th Congressional District, but now that Pennsylvania voting maps have been redrawn, he and Scott are vying for a win in the newly-formed 10th Congressional District.

Scott, a Lutheran minister, and Perry are both veterans.

Scott criticized Perry, calling him an obstructionist and accusing him of not being consistently fiscally responsible when voting.

Perry fired back, saying Scott is in Nancy Pelosi’s back pocket and wants to hike taxes to cut down on the national debt.

The candidates did find some common ground in their belief that secure borders are needed and for their stance in support of Israel.

One of the more fiery moments came when Scott accused Perry of not being as bipartisan as he publicly claims.

“He’s a member of the Freedom Caucus, which is frankly a far right wing within the Republican party and it’s been obstructionist,” Scott said.

“It is not a right-wing organization. We take anybody that comes,” Perry responded. “We have independents, we have certainly Republican – Democrats don’t want to come, they don’t want to be part of the solution.”

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.

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