Baldwin, Vukmir spar over health care in debate

Published: Oct. 8, 2018 at 7:29 PM CDT
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The first debate between U.S. Senate candidates Tammy Baldwin and Leah Vukmir turned tense and combative as they clashed over abortion, immigration, health care and a host of other issues.

The Republican Vukmir is down in the polls to the Democratic incumbent Baldwin. Their debate Monday was the first of three before the Nov. 6 election.

Vukmir defended her push to repeal the national health care law, saying she would "fall in front of a truck before I would let people go without coverage for pre-existing conditions."

She also forcefully defended being anti-abortion, saying "Tammy Baldwin would rip that life out of the mother just like that and snuff that life out."

Baldwin accuses Vukmir of politicizing the death of a Marine veteran at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican challenger Leah Vukmir are clashing over health care and insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions in the first of three debates ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

Vukmir says in Monday's debate that she would "fall in front of a truck" before she would let people with pre-existing conditions go without coverage.

Vukmir supports repealing the Affordable Care Act, which guarantees insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Baldwin supports the law and says Vukmir's push to repeal it would return us to the "bad old days" and jeopardize that protection for people with pre-existing conditions.

Vukmir says the question is whether voters trust her, a nurse, or Baldwin, who Vukmir dubbed a "career politician."