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Blum, Murphy square off in 1st congressional district debate

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Candidates for Iowa's First Congressional District faced off in their first debate.

Democratic State Representative Pat Murphy and Republican businessman Rod Blum squared off Wednesday evening at Coe College.

There were several topics brought up during Wednesdays debate including the demilitarization of police and minimum wage which sparked heated arguments.

Murphy stands firm on not getting rid of military-style weapons for local police officers, however he stated that more officers should be on the streets educating the public on why they use them.

However, "Police forces don't need to look like SWAT teams..." said Blum.

"Listening to their point of views independent of political affiliation, it was very interesting and very telling of their character, said Miranda Kuzyk who attended the debate. "At the same time it was interesting how they didn't directly say what their plans were. They talked a lot around the situation."

Federal minimum wage was also a topic up for discussion.

"If you want to live the American Dream , you can't do it at $7.25 an hour," said Murphy.

In order to help grow the middle class, Murphy said he supports raising the minimum wage

Blum when it comes to setting a federal minimum wage, "There's no one size fits all," said Blum.

He goes on to say each state should set their own minimum wage.

Both men are from Dubuque working to impress the rest of the voters in their district.

"Debating out here and drying to get people out here to come to those debates to see what these tow candidates are all about and to see what ideas they have," said Cedar Rapids resident Antoine Bioche.

Blum and Murphy will meet for a second time in Waterloo hosted by KWWL on Saturday, Oct. 18.

KWWL will also host two other debates in the coming week.

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