Candidates in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District clashed on President Donald Trump's trade and agriculture policy, COVID-19 relief efforts and immigration in a debate broadcast Monday evening on WPR stations.
Republican state Sen. Tom Tiffany and Democrat Tricia Zunker, the Wausau School Board president and a Ho-Chunk Supreme Court justice, are vying for the open congressional seat that’s up for election Tuesday, May 12.
During the debate that was conducted via video conference, both candidates pledged to help small businesses weather the impact of the new coronavirus and measures to slow its spread. But the wide-ranging, combative debate included contrasts on their approaches, priorities and political alliances.
In an exchange on how and where to lift social distancing requirements, Tiffany said he supported a regional approach that could mean northern Wisconsin opens up before other parts of the state.
"I think that we can steadily, gradually reopen Wisconsin, including northern Wisconsin, because I think people are being responsible out there," Tiffany said.
Zunker called that approach, which could bring thousands of tourists to the Northwoods in coming weeks, "incredibly risky."
"My opponent supports a regional approach, and unfortunately coronavirus does not stop at the county line," Zunker said.