LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — In their first head-to-head meeting since their primary victories last month, U.S. Senate hopefuls Ben Sasse and David Domina shared with a youthful audience their different views of the issues confronting them as they appeal to Nebraska voters.
On Monday night in Lincoln they answered questions submitted by some of the 800 high school students from across the state attending the annual Boys State and Girls State events sponsored by the American Legion.
"We have sharp differences, Mr. Sasse and I," Domina, a Democrat, said at the beginning of the forum. He and Sasse then demonstrated that as they gave their diverging views on energy policy, health care, gay marriage and other campaign points. Sasse is a Republican.
Domina said he'd like to repeal "every federal subsidy for fossil fuel" and spend the money instead on developing renewable energy. He said restrictions on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, similar to those proposed by the Obama administration, are necessary because carbon's "impact on the environment is real."
But Sasse said the carbon emission restrictions contained in a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule would be "very destabilizing for Nebraska and its economic future," because the state relied heavily on coal-fired power plants.