By Rebecca Palsha
Channel 2 News
5:38 PM PST, November 5, 2012
Rep. Don Young voted Monday morning before he and his main challenger, state Rep. Sharon Cissna, had their final debate at an Anchorage Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Young, who's running for his 21st term in Congress since he was first elected in 1973, talked about his experience as part of the reason voters should keep him in Alaska’s lone U.S. House seat.
Cissna, who often called herself the alternative in this race, says she doesn't want to see the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge opened to development. She focused many of her comments on health care, saying one way to curb the national debt is to work to at keeping kids healthier.
“Healthy kids do the best, and if they are healthy they can get through school,” Cissna said. “If they get the most out of school they’re going to be able to work.”
Young touted his experience and says the federal government, and its many regulations, have hurt development. He says the quick way to fix looming national debt is more private jobs.
“More production within the United States, more people employed and not by the government,” Young said.
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