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Renacci and Sutton Debate at the City Club

Jim Renacci and Betty Sutton, at today's debate (pic by Bill Rice)
Jim Renacci and Betty Sutton, at today's debate (pic by Bill Rice)

Both candidates were "on message" early in the debate, repeating arguments they've made throughout the campaign. Here's Renacci, the business entrepreneur and multi-millionaire:

Renacci: "Government doesn't create jobs. Businesses create jobs. Entrepreneurs create jobs. People in the private sector create jobs. So what we need to do is bring certainty and predictability back."

And Sutton, a labor lawyer who has spent most of her career in elected office:

Sutton: "I believe in simple economics that jobs are created when demand for products is there, and demand is created by fighting for a vibrant middle class, not just by putting more wealth into the hands of those who are already super wealthy, so they can hold onto it.

The two did get a bit more feisty at points. In this exchange, Renacci gave Sutton a back-handed compliment and she jabbed back, blaming Republicans for the sour economy.

Renacci: "We should never raise taxes on anyone during a recession. She voted for that in 2010. She agreed. She voted not to increase the taxes on anyone and to extend the tax rates...We should be voting to make sure we don't raise taxes on anyone in the time of recession"

Sutton: "The controlling bloc in the House of Representatives that my opponent is a part of held it hostage. And you know what they did? They held the middle class tax cuts hostage to the taxes for the super wealthy. I think they should have expired then. And by the way, they've been in effect. So where are the jobs?"

The debate will be aired in its entirety Oct. 10 on WVIZ PBS beginning at 9:00.

Nick Castele was a senior reporter covering politics and government for Ideastream Public Media. He worked as a reporter for Ideastream from 2012-2022.