2022 general election debate between Patty Murray, Tiffany Smiley

The two answered questions including inflation, abortion and crime ahead of Washington’s 2022 general election.

SPOKANE, Wash – When it comes to some of the most important issues for Washington voters this election season, incumbent US Senate Patty Murray and challenger Tiffany Smiley have shown clear divisions in a debate on Sunday night.

The two answered questions including inflation, abortion and crime.

Murray, a Democrat, is seeking his sixth term in the US Senate. She was Washington’s first female US senator. She served one term as a Washington state senator before running a successful campaign in the US Senate in 1992, where she has served since.

Murray said she wants to continue working for families in Washington. In her candidacy statement, Murray said she would always side with those who want to “reverse workers’ rights” or ban abortion. She also said she wanted to reduce families’ health and childcare costs.

Smiley, a Pasco-born Republican, is the co-founder and president of Hope Unseen, an advocacy organization for veterans. In Smiley’s candidacy statement, she said she was running to improve public safety and support law enforcement, among other priorities. This is Smiley’s first political campaign.

In Smiley’s recent offensive ads, she referred to the state’s “big name” organizations, like the Seattle Seahawks and Starbucks, as “wake-up corporations” because she didn’t want her to use her logo. them in their ads and denounced the city of Seattle as free and criminal. -pretty.


When asked what they want or don’t want in federal law, Smiley said she’s made it clear that “I’m very pro-life” and that there are good people on both sides of the aisle.

Smiley opposes the federal abortion ban and said the Supreme Court’s decision overturned Roe. v. Wade, allowing states to choose what’s best. Smiley said she respects the will of Washington voters and will ensure women have access to health care and childcare.

She said people should ask Murray if she believes in “any legal limit to abortion.”

Murray said she believes every woman should make her own choices about her and her family’s health.

“This shouldn’t be decided by politicians,” Murray said.

Murray says people should be wary when Smiley says she’s “pro-life” because she’s heard it from Supreme Court candidates before Roe’s lawsuit against Wade was overturned. Now there are people coming to Washington state for fertility care, she said; health care providers working in Spokane, worried about returning home to Idaho because of the possibility of being arrested for the work they do.


When asked what Congress should do to address rising costs, Murray said she’s focused on reducing costs for families as we “surmount this global challenge that we face. ” She says she has been working to reduce prescription drug costs. The largest drop in prescription drugs has been seen in the Inflation Reduction Act, she said, noting the bill limits the insulin copay to $35.

Murray said a bill had been passed to reduce energy costs and if the country moved towards a clean energy program it would reduce costs and help “every family’s pocket”.

Smiley said Murray’s answer was “like Washington DC’s answer to me.”

“I went up against Washington DC and won,” she said. “You have never accepted Washington DC You are Washington DC”

Smiley said Murray sided with President Joe Biden on the Inflation Reduction Act, and said it did nothing to combat inflation.

Gun violence

When asked how Congress should tackle crime nationally when most funding and reform legislation is done at the local level, Smiley said it’s also done at the federal level.

She said Murray called for funds to be diverted from the police in June 2020. She added that cities are being “devastated” by crime and that police are not getting the support they need.

If elected, Smiley said she will ensure officers have access to federal funding for retention and recruitment and work closely with prosecutors to prosecute repeat offenders.

Murray said crime is a problem at every level. Under the American Rescue Plan, she said resources have been dedicated to helping recruit and retain officers. Communities are still using that funding, she said.

Murray added that there needs to be a ban on dangerous weapons. The background check system needs to be improved, she said. And more resources are needed to address mental health issues across the country.

In a follow-up question, Murray doubled down on further restricting dangerous weapons.

Smiley said Second Amendment rights to law-abiding citizens should be protected while weapons are kept “out of the hands of criminals.

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Edmund DeMarche

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