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October 25, 2014

Bills, Klobuchar debate how to tackle national debt crisis

The national deficit was the leading topic in a debate between between DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and her Republican opponent state Rep. Kurt Bills Tuesday in Duluth, MPR News reports.

Bills calls the $16 trillion national debt a “solvency” crisis and says the budget needs to be addressed in a balanced way, often meaning tax increases and spending cuts, MPR says.

Bills says a fair approach would be to implement a flat tax while Klobuchar supports rolling back tax cuts for people making more than $250,000 per year.

MinnPost reports Klobuchar hit Bills for supporting what she calls an extreme budget resolution proposed by Sen. Rand Paul that includes a 17 percent flat tax and a host of spending cuts.

Bills response: “Why would she attack me and call me extreme? I’m a public school teacher. How extreme is that?”

Both MinnPost and MPR News agree Tuesday’s debate was more low-key than the event at the Minnesota State Fair.