Maldonado and Capps square off in Lompoc
September 25, 2012
Congressional candidates Abel Maldonado and Lois Capps debated at a forum in Lompoc on Monday [KSBY].
Maldonado, a Republican former lt. governor, said he is focused on the economy.
“Jobs, jobs, jobs,” Maldonado said. “That is my number one priority — growing the economy — and if there’s a piece of legislation that creates jobs, Maldonado will be voting aye and if there’s a piece of legislation that hurts the economy, I will be voting no.”
Capps, a Democratic incumbent who has been in the House of Representatives since 1998, said she is helping grow the economy by proving support for small businesses.
“It’s tough to hire when you’re a small business in this kind of economy, so I voted 18 times to tax cuts for small businesses to make it more affordable for them to get out there and do that hiring,” Capps said.
Capps also said investments in infrastructure and clean energy stimulate the economy, as well as job creation in the high tech sector.
Maldonado, who has been criticized by members of his own party for voting with the Democrats on tax increases while in the state senate, said he would not rule out siding with the opposing party again in Washington.
“If the Democrats have a good idea, then I’m going to vote for that idea,” Maldonado said. “If they have a bad idea, the I will vote no on that idea.”
In recent months Maldonado has backed out on several speaking and debate appearances. Some wonder whether that has to do with his history of voting against his own party.
Maldonado and Capps are competing for the seat of the redrawn 24th Congressional District , which consists of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties and parts of northern Ventura County.