Fung, Magaziner address leading concerns of Rhode Islanders in forum

KINGSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — Candidates in the race for Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional seat addressed abortion and cost of living — the main concerns of Rhode Islanders.

A recent Boston Globe and Suffolk University poll suggests Rhode Islanders are most concerned by cost of living this election cycle. Abortion is second.

“47% electricity increases, 15% on gas,” said Republican candidate, Allan Fung. “I just topped off my home and heating oil tank, and it wasn’t even empty. Policies that you have supported for Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden have crippled our economy.”

Democratic candidate and current treasurer of Rhode Island, Seth Magaziner, responded, “I have called from the very beginning for suspending the gas tax, for expanding domestic energy production, to increase supply, and lower the cost of living. We have to crack down on the price gauging that is happening from the big oil companies and the pharma companies.”

Magaziner also addressed abortion and the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

“I trust women to make the right choice about when and whether to terminate a pregnancy. Allan thinks it should be up to politicians and judges,” he explained.

Fung, the former mayor of Cranston, responded, “I will not support a national abortion ban or criminalize it. [Magaziner] wants to keep pushing these fallacies because he is losing.”

The same poll suggests Fung holds an eight-point lead in the race.

“Unlike my opponent, who is in the pocket of the people who are crippling our economy right now through record inflation and 40-year record highs, I on the other hand will right the ship,” Fung concluded.

Magaziner concluded by saying, “I will stand up to the extremists in Washington and not elect them to the House of Representatives. I am not in their pocket like my opponent is.”

Independent candidate William Gilbert also participated in the forum.

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