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U.S. Senate Democratic candidates talk issues

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Election season is getting down to the wire in Iowa.

Three democrats hoping to become Iowas next U.S. Senator took the stage today in Waterloo.

Mount Carmel Baptist Church hosted a forum, where 3 of the 4 democratic candidates had the opportunity to distinguish themselves.

These candidates discussed a lot of the issues at the frontline for many voters.  Not too many of these voters came out today, only a crowd of about thirty, but the candidates are still putting in every last effort before the primary.

Each candidate running for the U.S. Senate is bringing a different set of expertise to the table, and they're using it to pull voters in.

Tom Fiegen is a former lawmaker of Clarence and a bankruptcy lawyer.

Rob Hogg is a state senator of Cedar Rapids

Bob Krause is a former lawmaker of Fairfield, former Waterloo school board member and veteran.

 "This is a big problem," said Fiegen. "In my bankruptcy practice, I will tell you that 75% of Iowans that file for bankruptcy, file because of medical bills."

That comes as Iowas $4.2 billion medicaid program just recently transitioned to private management, making health care a concern for Iowans.

"People can not afford the care that they need," said Fiegen. "The federal answer to this is medicaid for everyone."

"Gov. Branstad has demonstrated it with his miss-managed medicaid managed care mess," said Hogg. "And this awful deal to outsource the administration of medicaid to out-of-state for-profit companies."

"Senator Grassley did by prohibiting medicare from negotiating a price of prescription drugs, and it is even more massive than you think as an error," said Krause.

They were all in agreement, as they spoke for the people of Iowa. 

"I think people are tired of Senator Grassley," said Hogg.

Other points of concern included decriminalization and economic development.

While some agreed it starts with education.

"Invest in education, training, youth employment," said Hogg.

"We also need to make sure that the community college tuition is free so that we have easy and open access for the minority communities," said Krause.

Others took a hit at the big names in providing jobs.

"The first thing we gotta do if we're going to talk about income inequality is we gotta talk about the hole in our economy, where John Deere ships factories south of the border where they pay nothing," said Fiegen.

Patty Judge was the only candidate not present at the forum today. Judge was busy speaking at the annual Asian heritage festival in Des Moines.

The primary election is on June 7th.

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