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Sixth District US House Candidates Face Off in KET Debate

Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com

Candidates for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional district squared off in their only joint appearance ahead of this year’s election.

The televised debate showed sharp differences over banking regulations, foreign policy and the Affordable Care Act.   

During the debate, Democratic challenger Nancy Jo Kemper attacked incumbent Republican Rep. Andy Barr for not returning campaign funds to Wells Fargo after the banking giant admitted to secretly opening fake accounts under customers’ names.

“You have yet to return any of the money that they collected fraudulently from their customers that has been contributed to your campaign. I’m sorry but it just doesn’t pass the smell test in my book”

Barr has received $10,500 from Wells Fargo’s super PAC since 2013.

He supports repealing the Dodd-Frank consumer protections, saying they’ve created an avalanche of red tape and regulations that keep small businesses and homeowners from getting loans.

Incumbent Republican Rep. Andy Barr criticized his opponent Nancy Jo Kemper’s position supporting the Iran nuclear agreement.

“It converts Iran from the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism with an illicit nuclear program into the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism with an internationally sanctioned nuclear program.”

The agreement required Iran to dismantle most of its centrifuges that enrich uranium and open up to inspections.

Kemper argued that the deal makes the world safer.

The 6th Congressional district includes Lexington and other parts of central and Eastern Kentucky.

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