We are two and a half weeks out from election day. And tonight, our House candidates faced off for the fifth and final time.
Republican Kelly Armstrong, Democrat Mac Schneider, and Independent Charles Tuttle were all in the hot seat, answering the questions that impact you.
Our Malique Rankin was there as we saw where these candidates stand on the issues that matter most.
There were no opening statements, and Dave Thompson dove into the tough questions.
He asked the candidates what they’d do to fix our nation’s immigration issue.
Mac Schneider: “Our immigration system is broken. I think the first thing you need to do is secure the border… Let’s also make sure we’re working diplomatically to address the root of the problem in these central American countries, which have unspeakable violence, and lets work to keep those individuals in place while also protecting them from those dangerous situations.”
Charles Tuttle: “You know, this immigration thing– the democrats have just really used it in a really harmful way to this country. We have to stop people from crossing the border and we need a wall, an impenetrable wall like Israel does.”
Kelly Armstrong: “But even if you don’t want to stop it for illegal immigration, let’s stop it for the fact that about 85 percent of the heroin flows into the United States comes across the land mass on the southern border. “
The conversation shifted towards the gun debate, candidates got to share their thoughts on if guns should be allowed in the classroom.
Kelly Armstrong: “Yes if a local community thinks they should. This is one area where I think I disagree with the President.”
Mac Schneider: “I agree with keeping the federal government out of it…I think we can work together at all levels of government to do that without forcing the heavy hand of the federal government.”
Charles Tuttle: “Everybody talks about the guns. I’ve been on the protest and I’ve seen them, it’s about conflict, divorce. It’s about children losing parents and going to school angry.”
The three candidates also touched on trade tariffs put in place by the Trump administration, the reporter killed at a Saudi consulate, and relations with our allies.
This was the last time the candidates for House will face off. Next week, the cameras will be pointed at Representative Kevin Cramer and Senator Heidi Heitkamp as the two vie for one of North Dakota’s Senate seat.