“I got into this race because my neighbors expect more from congress … I expect more from my congressman ... I will bring my solutions-oriented approach to Washington. You deserve results.”
Republican Charles Hernick outperformed incumbent Democratic congressman Don Beyer in the first debate on Tuesday, September 6th. Subjects included taxation, the Affordable Care Act, Federal mandates, and foreign policy including ISIS. Mr. Hernick held Congressman Beyer accountable for failed policies and inaction on the economy, national security, and government efficiency -- the issues most important to voters in the 8th District.
Starting with the first question on corporate taxes, Mr. Hernick jumped at the opportunity to share his proposal to reduce the corporate tax rate to 25 percent and implement territorial reporting. Charles pushed back on proposals for more rules and regulations from Washington, clearly articulating how well-intentioned rules often have a disproportionate negative impact on small businesses.
Beyer was confident that ISIS would soon be a thing of the past and he referred to radical terrorists as “ISIS workers”. Hernick explained why he viewed ISIS as a serious contemporary threat, noting the recent arrests of ISIS supporters in Northern Virginia. He demonstrated his depth on global affairs sharing his first-hand experience working with muslims and working in muslim countries and advocated working with our allies to defeat a common threat.
The candidate forum was hosted by the Arlington County Civic Federation. All questions were asked by delegates to the Federation. The full video of the forum will soon be available online from Arlington Independent Media.
Watch Hernick speak on holding Congress accountable below: