McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown hold 1st debate

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The candidates for eastern Washington’s U.S. House seat differed in their first debate over issues like gun control and dark money in politics.

Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Lisa Brown held their first debate Wednesday night in Spokane, the largest city in the 5th Congressional District.

Both candidates vowed to protect Social Security and Medicare from cuts.

Brown said she wanted to remove so-called dark money from politics, but McMorris Rodgers contended the only candidate benefiting from such funding was Brown.

Brown said weapons like AR-15 assault rifles needed to be strictly regulated, while McMorris Rodgers said she did not want to take guns from law-abiding citizens.