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Amash, Goodrich debate in Congressional race

Posted at 3:29 PM, Oct 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-08 18:13:11-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - GOP Rep. Justin Amash and Democratic challenger Bob Goodrich shared a stage on the campus of Grand Valley State University, engaging in a debate in their Third Congressional District race.

The pair discussed a variety of issues from immigration, to ISIS, to the economy.

Each candidate was also asked to assess the threat of Ebola in the United States.

While Amash and Goodrich disagreed on several topics, they were closer to consensus on this health crisis, urging people to balance anxiety with vigilance.

goodrich"I don't think we should panic right now," said Goodrich. "There are certain conditions in which it’s infectious. It’s not universal."

Amash stressed he in concern Ebola is serious and could spread.

"We need to do a better job of securing our country from flights that are coming from those parts of the world," Amash said. "There should be at least some indication whether the passengers coming in have been infected or exposed."

Their debate comes on the same day the first patient who was the first on American soil to be diagnosed with Ebola died. amash

The White House on Wednesday announced fever screening would be conducted at five U.S. airports for passengers arriving from Ebola-stricken nations.

The debate took place at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center Auditorium.