WLKY Hosts Debate with Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District Candidates

WLKY hosted a special Friday presentation for our Commitment 2022 coverage: A Debate with the Candidates of Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District. You can watch the full debate in the player below: The candidates are Democrat Morgan McGarvey and Republican Stuart Ray. Mark Vanderhoff served as moderator. The live debate was produced in partnership with the Louisville League of Women Voters. The League is a nonpartisan civic engagement organization. One of its main priorities is to educate and encourage voters to participate in elections. Here are the questions we asked. Each candidate had 90 seconds to answer:1. LET’S START WITH SOMETHING EVERY VOTER FEELS – HIGHER PRICES. WHAT DO YOU THINK HAS CAUSED OUR CURRENT INFLATION AND WHAT CAN CONGRESS DO ABOUT IT IF ANY?2. WHAT EFFORTS DO YOU SUPPORT TO REFORM THE TAX CODE AND DO YOU VOTE TO MAINTAIN OR END THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION’S TAX CUTS?3. BEST ESTIMATES ARE THAT EACH SHOT VICTIM COSTS $900,000 IN KENTUCKY; IN ADDITION TO PERSONAL COSTS, THERE ARE HEALTH, INSURANCE AND LEGAL SYSTEM COSTS. WHAT WILL YOU PROPOSE AT CONGRESS LEVEL TO REDUCE ARMED VIOLENCE AND THESE COSTS?4. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE RIGHT TO ABORTION. DO YOU SUPPORT KENTUCKY’S CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT #2? AND DO YOU SUPPORT EITHER A NATIONAL ABORTION BAN OR A FEDERAL LAW GUARANTEEING THE RIGHT TO ABORTION? WHY OR WHY NOT?5. DO YOU APPROVE US SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE AGAINST RUSSIAN INVASION? AND WHAT ROLE SHOULD THE UNITED STATES PLAY IN INTERNATIONAL SITUATIONS LIKE THIS? 6. THE CHAMBER PASSED THE JOHN LEWIS ADVANCEMENT OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT AND THE FREEDOM TO VOTE ACT. HE IS WAITING FOR THE SENATE. DO YOU SUPPORT THE OBJECTIVES OF THESE BILLS, AND WHY OR WHY NOT?7. IMMIGRATION IS ALWAYS A HOT TOPIC, BUT BIPartisan REFORM HAS Escaped CONGRESSION. WHAT DO YOU SUPPORT TO DO TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM?8. WHILE WE HOPE THE PANDEMIC AND VIRUS PROBLEMS ARE DIMINISHING, THE PREDICTIONS OF THE NEXT FLU SEASON ARE NOT POSITIVE. IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT ROLE SHOULD THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAVE DURING PANDEMICS AND OTHER HEALTH-RELATED DISASTERS?9. TORNADOES AND FLOODS COST KENTUCKY BILLIONS. SOME SAY CLIMATE CHANGE WILL INCREASE THE FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY OF NATURAL DISASTERS. DO YOU BELIEVE THIS, AND WHAT SHOULD CONGRESS DO TO ADDRESS LONG-TERM CLIMATE ISSUES?10. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY WAS ESTABLISHED BY REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON AND APPROVED BY CONGRESS IN A BIPARTISAN VOTE. YET, THERE ARE NOW EFFORTS TO DISMANT IT. DO YOU AGREE WITH THESE EFFORTS? WHY OR WHY NOT?11. THE JANUARY 6 COMMISSION FINALIZES ITS WORK. DO YOU SUPPORT HIS EFFORTS? AND INCLUDE IN YOUR RESPONSE YOUR VIEWS ON THE EVENTS OF JANUARY 6 AND THEIR EFFECT ON OUR DEMOCRACY.12. WE HAVE SEEN OUTSIDE MONEY COMING INTO THE RACES IN KENTUCKY, WHAT SOME SAY IS THE RESULT OF THE CITIZENS UNITED CASE. WHAT KIND OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORMS, IF ANY, DO YOU SUPPORT? 13. POLARIZATION IS EVIDENT AT ALL LEVELS OF OUR POLICIES, OUR COMMUNITIES… EVEN IN FAMILIES. WHAT CAN BE DONE TO BREAK THIS POLARIZATION?14. WHAT MAKES YOU MORE QUALIFIED TO REPRESENT THE 3RD CONGRESS DISTRICT THAN YOUR OPPONENT?15. SAY SOMETHING POSITIVE ABOUT YOUR OPPONENT.

WLKY hosted a special Friday presentation for our Commitment 2022 coverage: A Debate with the Candidates of Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District.

You can watch the full debate in the player below:



The candidates are Democrat Morgan McGarvey and Republican Stuart Ray.

Mark Vanderhoff served as moderator.

The live debate was produced in partnership with the Louisville League of Women Voters. The League is a nonpartisan civic engagement organization. One of its main priorities is to educate and encourage voters to participate in elections.

Below are the questions we asked. Each candidate had 90 seconds to respond:

1. LET’S START WITH SOMETHING EVERY VOTER FEELS – HIGHER PRICES. What do you think has caused our current inflation and what can Congress do about it, if anything?

2. WHAT EFFORTS DO YOU SUPPORT TO REFORM THE TAX CODE AND WILL YOU VOTE TO MAINTAIN OR END THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION’S TAX CUTS?

3. BEST ESTIMATES ARE THAT EACH SHOT VICTIM COSTS $900,000 IN KENTUCKY; IN ADDITION TO PERSONAL COSTS, THERE ARE HEALTH, INSURANCE AND LEGAL SYSTEM COSTS. WHAT WILL YOU PROPOSE AT THE CONGRESS LEVEL TO REDUCE ARMED VIOLENCE AND THESE COSTS?

4. TALK ABOUT THE RIGHT TO ABORTION. DO YOU SUPPORT KENTUCKY’S CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT #2? AND DO YOU SUPPORT EITHER A NATIONAL ABORTION BAN OR A FEDERAL LAW GUARANTEEING THE RIGHT TO ABORTION? WHY OR WHY NOT?

5. DO YOU APPROVE US SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE AGAINST RUSSIAN INVASION? AND WHAT ROLE SHOULD THE UNITED STATES PLAY IN INTERNATIONAL SITUATIONS LIKE THIS?

6. THE CHAMBER PASSED THE JOHN LEWIS ADVANCEMENT OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT AND THE FREEDOM TO VOTE ACT. HE IS WAITING FOR THE SENATE. DO YOU SUPPORT THE OBJECTIVES OF THESE BILLS, AND WHY OR WHY NOT?

7. IMMIGRATION IS STILL A HOT TOPIC, BUT BIPartisan REFORM HAS Escaped Congress. WHAT DO YOU SUPPORT TO DO TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM?

8. WHILE WE HOPE THE PANDEMIC AND VIRUS PROBLEMS ARE DIMINISHING, THE PREDICTIONS FOR THE NEXT FLU SEASON ARE NOT POSITIVE. What role do you think the federal government should have during pandemics and other health-related disasters?

9. TORNADOES AND FLOODS COST KENTUCKY BILLIONS. SOME SAY CLIMATE CHANGE WILL INCREASE THE FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY OF NATURAL DISASTERS. DO YOU BELIEVE IT, AND WHAT SHOULD CONGRESS DO TO ADDRESS LONG-TERM CLIMATE ISSUES?

10. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY WAS ESTABLISHED BY REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON AND APPROVED BY CONGRESS IN A BI-PARTISAN VOTE. YET, THERE ARE NOW EFFORTS TO DISMANT IT. DO YOU AGREE WITH THESE EFFORTS? WHY OR WHY NOT?

11. THE JANUARY 6 COMMISSION FINALIZES ITS WORK. DO YOU SUPPORT HIS EFFORTS? AND INCLUDE IN YOUR RESPONSE YOUR OPINION ON THE EVENTS OF JANUARY 6 AND THEIR EFFECT ON OUR DEMOCRACY.

12. WE HAVE SEEN OUTSIDE MONEY INFLUENCING RACING IN KENTUCKY, WHAT SOME SAY IS THE RESULT OF THE UNITED CITIZENS CASE. WHAT KIND OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORMS, IF ANY, DO YOU SUPPORT?

13. POLARIZATION IS EVIDENT AT ALL LEVELS OF OUR POLICIES, OUR COMMUNITIES… EVEN IN FAMILIES. WHAT CAN WE DO TO BREAK THIS POLARIZATION?

14. WHAT MAKES YOU MORE QUALIFIED TO REPRESENT THE 3DR CONGRESS DISTRICT THAN YOUR OPPONENT?

15. SAY SOMETHING POSITIVE ABOUT YOUR OPPONENT.

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