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Perry, DePasquale to face off Monday in second debate

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
U.S. Representative Scott Perry (R-Pa. 10) speaks to reporters after participating in a Rotary Club of York candidate forum at the Country Club of York Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. He is seeking reelection for the 10th Congressional seat. His opponent, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, will be featured at a similar Oct. 7 event. Bill Kalina photo

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Carroll Township, and state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale are slated to face off Monday in what will be the second debate in the race for the 10th Congressional District.

WGAL-TV will be hosting and broadcasting the hourlong debate at 7 p.m. It will be the final debate between Perry, a four-term Republican, and DePasquale, the Democratic challenger, before the Nov. 3 general election.

Those wishing to watch the debate can tune in to the television broadcast or watch the livestream on the station's website here. 

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The two candidates had their first debate earlier this month in what is expected to be one of the most hotly contested races in the state.

During that debate, they consistently attacked each others' political leanings, with Perry asserting DePasquale would be a "lap dog" of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale speaks with Rotary Club of York past-president Mike Summers and club members, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, during the club's program featuring the candidates for the 10th Congressional District at the Country Club of York. Congressman Scott Perry, DePasquale's opponent, appeared in the program last month. Bill Kalina photo

DePasquale, the state's auditor general, said Perry was too extreme for the district, which includes all of Dauphin County and parts of Cumberland and York counties.

The topic of Social Security, though, brought upon the most contentious moment of the debate.

DePasquale on four occasions pressed the incumbent on whether he supports raising the retirement age, citing the fact that Perry has twice voted to do so while in office.

But Perry would not explicitly say he supports the measure, instead offering the defense  that he simply "supports fiscal solvency."

DePasquale countered that raising the retirement age would endanger seniors' ability to "live productive retirement lives."

The 10th Congressional District race has been rated a toss-up by independent political analysts including The Cook Political Report, Politico and Sabato's Crystal Ball. 

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.