Wednesday, September 15, 2010

7th Congressional District candidates to debate next week

The major-party candidates in the 7th Congressional District race were invited to a forum at the Suburban Jewish Community Center-Bnai Aaron scheduled for next week. 

Democratic candidate Bryan Lentz and Republican candidate Pat Meehan will attend the forum, located at 560 Mill Road in Haverford, on Sept. 21 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Robin Schatz, director of government affairs at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, said both candidates will be allowed to make opening and closing statements. The event is open to the public and the candidates will take some questions from the audience, she said.

 Some of the topics the candidates will address include nuclear Iran, the US-Israel relationship, health care and the future of Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security benefits. The forum is sponsored by The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia in cooperation with the Kehillah of Delaware County and Suburban Jewish Community Center-Bnai Aaron.

This will be the third joint debate between Lentz and Meehan in recent weeks. 

Third-party conservative candidate Jim Schneller was not invited to the forum. Schatz said she did not invite Schneller because the forum was planned long before he got enough signatures to get on the ballot in August. 


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