Sen. Deb Fischer, challenger Jane Raybould face off in debate

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The race for the U.S. Senate seat continued Monday morning at the Nebraska State Fair as candidates had a heated debate.

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb, and challenger Jane Raybould went head to head debating many current issues.

Some of the main topics of discussion include immigration, tax cuts, health care, gun control and ways to prevent school shootings.

The candidates didn't see eye to eye on how to fix the high costs of health care.

Fischer brought up the Alexander-Murray plan, a bill she said would have cut health care costs by 40 percent. She supported the bill, but said democrats pulled out of it once it was brought to the floor.

"Yes, we need to look at the plans that are out there," Fischer said. "We need to take care of people with pre-existing conditions. And when we do this through transparency, through flexibility and through competitive pricing and competitive health care plans, we're going to see those premiums come down."

Raybould rebutted, saying that people in Washington are pushing health care premiums up. She said Fischer has played a role in that.

"She is throwing Nebraska families under the bus. She voted for health care premiums on middle class families. She voted to impose an age tax on our older Nebraskans. I have a plan. I have a plan to put party aside and work with our Republicans and Democrats to expand access, reduce costs and make health care more affordable," Raybould said.

She added the age tax would charge seniors five times the amount for a younger person.

Immigration was another heated topic, but this time, both candidates seemed to be on the same page.

The candidates discussed how the federal government should address the issue of illegal immigration while balancing Nebraska's labor needs in agriculture.

Raybould said she calls for an end to the bickering among leaders in Washington, and a fix to the current immigration system.

"It is a national security risk that we do not know. We cannot track the more than eleven million unauthorized immigrants in our country. We need to fix that. And it starts with securing our borders and creating a pathway to legalization for those immigrants that are already in our border," Raybould said.

She said Nebraska's economy depends on a diverse workforce.

On that point, Fischer agreed.

"I have always prioritized securing our borders. I voted for a package that put $25 billion toward a border wall, a fence, technology, and to put more border security there. We need to have legal immigration looked at," Fischer said.

She said she also supported Trump's Four Pillar Plan.

The race for U.S. senate will continue through the first week of November.

Libertarian candidate Jim Schultz will also be on the ballot.

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