The candidates for the 13th Congressional District wanted more issues and less mud and used a public radio debate Tuesday in Springfield to try to accomplish that. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) is a freshman opposed by former Madison County judge Ann Callis, a Democrat, in the district which touches all or part of Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, Bloomington-Normal, Springfield, and the Metro East. Callis says Davis wants to privatize Social Security, an assertion Davis denies.
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“We can leave on the table raising the payroll tax to protect Social Security,” said Davis. “Mr. Davis, in 2012, you did come out for privatizing Social Security when you answered a questionnaire.” “We have opportunities to discuss bi-partisanship, and that is exactly what the budget I voted for calls for,” said Davis. “It calls for an adult conversation … to make sure Social Security is here for this generation, the next generation, and my children's generation.”
As for the mud, Callis said Davis' commercials about her judicial record are a “fabrication,” but Davis said both candidates have records which are ripe for exploration in commercials. Callis has said Davis wants to protect perks such as first-class travel for congressman and a taxpayer-funded gym, which stayed open in the government shutdown.