Less than three weeks before the November 2 election, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the Central Business District Association of Virginia Beach hosted a 2nd District Congressional Forum on October 15. Nearly 150 attended the luncheon, which featured U.S. Representative Glenn Nye, Republican nominee Scott Rigell and Independent challenger Ken Golden on stage together answering questions from moderator Joel Rubin, veteran television news political reporter and interviewer. Topics covered included social security, home foreclosures, the economy, military spending, the stimulus program, healthcare, and transportation.
Regarding foreclosures, Rigell said that government played to heavy a hand in this and regulations forced banks to make loans to people who couldn’t afford them. “The number one way to help builders, homebuyers, mortgage bankers, is to get the economy going and create jobs,” said Rigell. Golden told the crowd that a neighbor of his went into foreclosure. He said many who are facing foreclosure should have not been loaned the money for such large mortgages. Nye supports an investigation on foreclosure fraud and also believes that once the nation’s economy is stronger, the number of foreclosures will decrease. He wants the homebuyer tax credit brought back.
When asked about the stimulus program, Nye said he would continue to cut taxes for small businesses. “I’m not your guy if you want big government,” said Rigell. Golden said the stimulus should have focused on “shovel ready” jobs and more tax incentives.
One of the only issues the three candidates share similar views on is their dislike of the new health care law. Nye said it needs major changes. It needs to be looked at on a bi-partisan basis and small businesses need more help. “It should have been repealed and replaced,” said Golden. Rigell explained that it has caused uncertainty and said, “I am for a full repeal.”
The Chamber of Commerce and its Hampton Roads Business Political Action Committee (HRBizPAC) also hosted a forum with these candidates on September 27 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.
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