Schrier, Rossi spar over health care in debate

SEATTLE (AP) — In the only debate for one of the most closely-watched midterm races in the country, the two candidates vying for Washington state’s open U.S. House seat sparred Wednesday night over the issues in the context of GOP control.

At stake is the 8th Congressional District race, where Democrats are trying to flip the seat that’s been held by the GOP since it was created decades ago.

Democrat Dr. Kim Schrier, a first-time candidate and national party favorite, repeatedly tagged Republican Dino Rossi, a longtime state legislator with wide name recognition, as beholden to President Donald Trump and the special interests aligned with their party.

Rossi largely focused on what his opponent lacks: his legislative experience, leadership credentials and familiar political reputation, while painting her as a “protest movement” candidate.