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University of Findlay Hosts U.S. Senate Candidates’ Forum

Ohio’s three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate met onstage at University of Findlay Monday, Feb. 19 for a live forum hosted by Spectrum News 1. Secretary of State Frank LaRose, state Senator Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls, and entrepreneur Bernie Moreno […] The post University of Findlay Hosts U.S. Senate Candidates’ Forum appeared first on Findlay Newsroom.

Branden Ferguson Posted On February 22, 2024

Ohio’s three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate met onstage at University of Findlay Monday, Feb. 19 for a live forum hosted by Spectrum News 1. Secretary of State Frank LaRose, state Senator Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls, and entrepreneur Bernie Moreno took turns answering questions and trying to win over voters. The winner of the March 19 primary will face Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in November.

The three candidates took on topics such as immigration, the economy, minimum wage, abortion, and the ongoing drug epidemic. Each were asked to respond to a question and provided time for their opponents to rebut if mentioned directly. Candidates took turns responding to randomly selected questions.

While all three men took turns answering questions from the host, they also took the opportunity to question their opponents’ stances. “We have to deport anybody who is in this country illegally, no matter what it takes to make that happen,” Moreno said. LaRose replied, “He [Moreno] wrote an article that said there should be a path to citizenship and my team will share it.” Dolan added, “Both of you guys are reinventing yourself on the issue of immigration.”

The crowd in attendance was asked to remain quiet during the live broadcast but routinely interrupted the silence with clapping and cheering. At times, the cheering and applause were replaced with echoing boos from audience members.

Candidates took turns attacking the economy and shared similar stances on minimum wage. “The markets are the best way to determine what wages should be,” Moreno said, insisting that in his experience as a business owner paying good wages attracts good workers. LaRose said, “The challenge with these government interventions like so-called minimum wage is that it has a distorting effect on the market.” Dolan attacked the concept of minimum wage being a livable wage. “I’ve employed people. We started some people at minimum wage, the purpose of doing that was to inspire them to work harder.”

Visit Spectrum News 1 online to watch the debate and to read more about the candidates’ responses.

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