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October 17, 2012

Archer, Loebsack debate in Newton


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"I would love to see a farm bill passed," Loebsack said. He plans to work across the aisle, think rationally and work together. 

"I have a proven ability to do it," Loebsack said. 

Iran was the next subject addressed.

"We never should have been in Iraq in the first place," Loebsack said. He added that it is time to bring all of America's troops home from Afghanistan as well. "We've got a lot of other threats." 

Loebsack has served on the Armed Services Committee and he believes the mission was accomplished in Afghanistan. Borg asked him about preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. Loebsack said he is willing to keep the "military option" on the table. 

Archer criticized Loebsack for supporting "an artificial timetable" for withdrawal from Afghanistan. He would base his military decisions on the advice of generals and commanders on the ground. His commentary included accusing Loebsack of being in front of the President's timetable, when Loebsack said he wanted troops out in 2013, instead of 2014 as the President has said. Henderson then told Archer that his fellow Republican, Tom Latham, said that he would like to bring all of the troops home "tomorrow." Archer said he did not have the best information, but he would listen to military leaders. 

The candidates were asked what they would do if Israel, America's closest ally in the region, chose to attack Iran.

Loebsack refused to engage in the hypothetical, but said he supports Israel and its ability to choose its own course.

"They have to make their own decisions," Loebsack said. He is more interested in looking out for America. 

Archer said that if Iran has a nuclear weapon, America needs to back its closest ally.

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