Chabot and Landsman discuss guns, abortion and more in closing debate

U.S. Representative Steve Chabot and Cincinnati Councilman Greg Landsman traded barbs in the final televised debate in the Ohio first congressional district race on Thursday night.

Chabot has held political control of the district since 1995. He is currently in his 12th term, losing just once in 2008 to Democrat Steve Driehaus, who regained the seat in 2010. Now he faces one of his toughest re-election bids yet, with newly drawn borough boundaries encompassing the entire city of Cincinnati.

For gun control

When asked about rising gun crime across the country, Chabot cited his support for a gun regulation measure earlier this year, voted for by just 13 other House Republicans.

“Not only did it protect schools, but it was additional background checks for younger people and the rest,” Chabot said.

But to go further: “We have a second amendment, it’s in the Constitution – it’s not the first (Amendment) but it’s the second and it’s very important,” Chabot said. “[Landsman] doesn’t seem to care about the constitution. People have the right to defend their families in their own homes.”

Landsman says First Circuit voters want more.

“People want these guns gone. He won’t do it,” Landsman said. “As a member of Congress, I will ban assault weapons. I will pursue these weapons. And I will make it easier for the police to remove these guns from our neighborhoods.”

Listen to this question and answers:

Chabot/Landsman Debate: Weapons Issue

For an abortion

The two men reiterated common talking points about abortion when asked: Would you support a law banning in vitro fertilization and forms of birth control that prevent pregnancy after conception, or a law restricting access to IVF and birth control guaranteed?

“I introduced and passed the ban on partial birth abortion years ago,” Chabot said. “It’s now the law of the country, in fact most Democrats have backed it. And we had exceptions for rape, incest and mother’s life.”

Landsman calls Chabot’s position on abortion extreme and says Chabot has also supported abortion bans with no exceptions.

“I will vote for codification as your congressman roe and make sure you have reproductive freedom. I want this for my daughter, I know you want it for your children,” he said. “And I will vote to protect contraception, I will vote to protect IVF, I will vote to protect marriage equality.”

Listen to this question and answers:

Chabot/Landsman Debate: Reproductive Health Issue

Upcoming debate fact check

The candidates also addressed issues related to the economy, housing, public safety, healthcare, climate change and democracy.

WVXU moderated the debate along with CET and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Lucy May, host of WVXU’s Cincinnati Editionhosted the event and Nick Swartsell, WVXU reporter, was on the panel.

Tune in Cincinnati Edition Friday 14 October at 12 noon for a section fact-checking statements made during Thursday’s debate.

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