Archer said his comment was not intended to insult beneficiaries. There are more people who are unemployed and on food stamps.
"We need pro-growth measures to get people off food stamps," Archer said. Lynch asked if unemployment benefits should be extended beyond the current 99 weeks. Archer believes 99 weeks is plenty. Loebsack said if people need the benefits, they should be extended.
Loebsack then promoted his Sectors Bill that would strengthen training and education. This bill would be the first one he would like to see passed if he is sent back to Congress. For Archer, his priority would be a Balanced Budget Amendment, as he sees spending and debt as roots to America's problems.
Following the debate, Blake Miller of Newton said he felt Loebsack won the debate. He will likely support Loebsack on Election Day because of Loebsack's experience.
Dan Kelley, a Democrat State Representative from Newton, is also supporting Loebsack. He is proud of his candidate's performance in the debate.
Kelley said he is disappointed with Archer's statement about the 50 percent, and believes that Americans need to provide a hand up to help those who are struggling.
The entire crowd was not pro-Loebsack. Marvin Potter of Newton felt his candidate, Archer, won the debate and did very well. Potter, a senior citizen who is on Social Security and Medicare, did not think Archer was insulting him.
"I don't think he was slighting us," Potter said. Margaret Jorris of Newton also agreed.
"I think John won," she said. She was also pleased that Archer said he would not support an extension of unemployment benefits.
Archer himself felt the debate went well. He said big government has not worked and if elected, he would use his business experience to help the country.