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Douglass Holds Town Hall Discussion at Burley Middle School

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Over 60 people came out to Burley Middle School Tuesday night for a town hall meeting with Democrat John Douglass, the man trying to unseat 5th District Congressman Robert Hurt.

Introduced by a group of local female leaders, the theme of Tuesday night's town hall was women's rights and family issues. The candidate also talked about education, the state of the economy and health care.

When asked by an audience member, a World War II veteran, about his foreign policy and his plans for withdrawing troops from the Middle East, he told the crowd, "I believe America is at its strongest when we show the world, what a great shining democracy can do for its people. We are not the strongest when we are bombing the hell out of people in the Middle East."

The candidate also discussed the negative attack advertisements in the campaign and acknowledged to the crowd that he doesn't have the funds that Hurt does, but that the campaign is strongly advertising throughout the district.

About the negative attack ads, which say he lobbied to sell technology to China, Douglass said, "He [Hurt] is trying to impugn my patriotism." Douglass, a retired Brigadier General in the United States Air Force, cited his years in public service and in the military, and took a jab at the incumbent, stating, "Isn't that funny that it comes from a guy that never served one minute in a uniform for our country."

He added of the claims, "they are just lies and are easy to refute." He referred to the debate in Danville on October 10, as a time to be able to "approach" them.

When asked about the debate next week, he like many on the campaign trail, said he is getting his prep work done. "We are prepared across the board, across the whole spectrum of issues. I want to talk about education, I want to talk about women's rights, I want to talk about the Ryan budget, and what it does to seniors and veterans and to education."

Douglass says he's also looking forward to debating Hurt on uranium mining - an issue the Democrat has brought up repeatedly in campaign attack ads, against the incumbent.

That debate in Danville will be televised live on NBC29 on October 10.

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