LAS VEGAS - The leading candidates for Nevada Congressional District Three faced off in a debate at Congregation Ner Tamid Monday night.
Incumbent Democrat Dina Titus touted what she called her success in creating jobs during a bad economy. Republican challenger Joe Heck fired back, saying he believes her job creation effort has been a failure.
"There are a lot of ways to create jobs, many of which I have supported," Titus said. "One way to do it is to stimulate the economy through tax breaks for small businesses, but you also have to invest. I believe it is my job to create jobs, especially in this climate. My opponent has said he doesn't think it's his job to create jobs. How else do you create? You invest in things."
"If it's the congresswoman's job to create jobs, then I would say that the job has been a failure," Heck countered. "We're at 14.8% unemployment, an escalating rate over the last two years. In addition, we talk about all the construction jobs, but yet Applied Analysis (principal) Jeremy Aguero actually looked at the numbers and said there's been less than 200 construction jobs brought to the state of Nevada by the stimulus bill. So, we need to find ways to better stimulate our economy, to get people back to work."
Titus also talked about her work to help homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgages, saying she's hosted a number of workshops and helped Nevadans get their loans modified.
Heck responded, saying the foreclosure numbers are still staggering and more needs to be done to address the problem.