Dr. Kathie Allen, Provo Mayor John Curtis, and United Utah Party candidate Jim Bennett debated together for the first time on the Doug Wright Show on the morning of Tuesday, October 10th. You can listen to the full debate here. Local news outlets covered the debate:
From the Deseret News:
On gun control, Allen said any device that converts semiautomatic weapons into “mass killings machines” such as the “bump stock” modification used in the deadly Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas should be illegal.
Allen said she supports the Second Amendment, but as a doctor who has seen patients die from fatal gunshot wounds, “we really need to do things to prevent this kind of violence from occurring over and over again in our country.”
When it came to health care, Allen was the candidate furthest from her opponents.
She called the nation’s for-profit health care system an “abomination” and touted her core campaign issue, support for universal health care, while Curtis and Bennett suggested various smaller changes.
After the debate, Allen said she felt she responded more directly than Curtis and Bennett on that and other questions.
“We need concrete suggestions from people who are running for public office,” she said.
From the Salt Lake Tribune:
Bennett and Curtis aligned on public lands, welcoming a scaled-back version of Bears Ears National Monument. Allen said that would be “a slap in the face” to the tribes who wanted that area protected by federal decree.
She called for universal health care while they talked about market forces.
And the three agreed that they would try to improve the dysfunction in Washington and work across party lines if elected to Congress.