Both candidates for the Second Congressional District acknowledged their presidential nominees have flaws, but both stuck with their party, during a debate sponsored by the Omaha World Herald and KMTV.
Republican challenger Don Bacon stuck with Donald Trump, though criticizing his lewd comments about women.
“I’ve had family members who have been sexually assaulted. I see the scars. We have to stand tall on this. But in the end, he said something wrong. She’s done something wrong,” Bacon said, referring to Clinton’s mishandling of classified documents on a private email server.
Democratic incumbent Congressman Brad Ashford challenged Bacon on the stance.
“You know, Don, you really can’t have it both ways,” Ashford replied.
Ashford chided Bacon for first suggesting Trump step down, then stating he would vote for him.
“Those kinds of statements are reflective of his character and I don’t think he is component or qualified to be president of the United States,” Ashford said, referring to Trump’s comments revealed in a 2005 video released prior to the second presidential debate in St. Louis.
Ashford conceded Clinton erred in using a private server for business emails during her tenure as Secretary of State, some of which contained classified information.
“There’s no excuse for Sec. Clinton’s use of a private server and I’ve said that over and over again,” Ashford said. “However, I do believe that Sec. Clinton has the experience and certainly the relationships in the Congress to move our country forward.”
Bacon pointed out some of those emails were classified and some contained sensitive information about American agents serving abroad.
“And then she lied to the American people for 16 months,” Bacon said. “She’s still lying about the fact that some of the information was not stamped classified, but they were. I think she was wrong. She undermined our nation’s security.”
Bacon claimed he would have been in jail if he had handled classified material in a similar manner as a commander in the Air Force.