NBC Palm Springs and The Desert Sun co-hosted a debate on Oct. 16 between candidates running to represent California’s 36th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The race pits the Democratic incumbent Rep. Raul Ruiz against Kimberlin Brown Pelzer, a first-time Republican candidate. The debate was moderated by veteran journalist Hank Plante, who currently serves as NBC Palm Springs’ political analyst and a Desert Sun Editorial Board member.
The debate covered issues facing Congress, from local concerns to foreign policy. In addition to Plante’s questions, candidates also were asked video questions from the community.
Ruiz and Brown Pelzer disagree on many issues, but they agree the debate was a useful forum to show the public their positions.