Candidates for U.S. House debate

Candidates for U.S. House debate

(KAIT) - The Arkansas Educational Television Network hosted a debate on Tuesday for the 1st Congressional District.

Candidates, Republican Congressman Rick Crawford and Libertarian candidate Mark West, discussed several issues.

The debate was hosted at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Topics included the presidential candidates, health insurance, and the farm bill.

The candidates were asked what the federal government's role should be when it came to agriculture and a new farm bill.

"There are so many people that talk about the role of the federal government with regard to agriculture," Crawford said. "First off, let me say food security is imperative to the United States from a national security perspective."

Crawford went on to say that it is paramount for the country to be self-dependent when it comes to feeding and clothing citizens.

Crawford said he believes the government's role in farm policies should be minimized.

West said that Crawford does not believe that farmers are capable of managing their own farms.

"He believes that small farmers need the federal government to tell them what price they should do [sic]," said West. "Tell them who they should trade with, tell them what seeds to buy, when they should plant, when they should harvest, tell them what to do with leftover seeds at the end of the season."

Click here to watch the full debate.

AETN will host a debate with candidates from the U.S. Senate race on Wednesday.

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