Morgan Harper and Josh Mandel were the two U.S. Senate Candidates in Ohio. They faced each other in a debate moderated by Cassie Young (managing director at Matter News), a non-profit news agency, and Daniel Wolvin (state Director at Awake America Ohio), which is a religious organization focusing on politics.
The debate started at North Columbus Baptist Church. It was lively as the candidates discussed hot subjects such as the environment and the natural rights American citizens have.
Mandel supported the movement when Mandel was asked about the growth of the fossil fuel industry.
Mandel stated that if you take the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia and combine them into one region, you would have the third largest producer of natural gases in the world. These are assets and not liabilities.
Harper, however, said that government elected officials should focus on solving the climate crisis and not accepting money from companies she believes are trying mislead the public.
Harper is a big believer in renewable energy. This is because she believes that it offers a huge opportunity for the state. The state can create incentives and invest to create jobs in the sector of clean energy that anyone could work in with a high-school diploma. She said that the state must invest in renewable energy and create as many jobs in the state as possible.
Mandel stated that he believes the government should let individuals make their own decisions during the debate. Later, he stated that he believes there is no separation of church or state in America.
The Founding Fathers were not believers in separation of church or state. Mandel stated that the United States Constitution does not contain any mention of separation of church or state. It does not exist.
He said that America was founded on JudeoChristian values and not on atheism or Muslim values.
Harper was shocked by the statements of her opponent.
I don’t know where I should start, but she said that she did. Separation of church and state is a core American value. This does not mean we don’t respect the freedom of each individual to worship the way they choose.
Mandel is certain that he will set records in Ohio when it comes to racial equity. He is sending a message for freedom and liberty, and he is confident that he will be setting new records in Ohio.
Harper stated that if there is one thing the Black community in Ohio knows very well, it’s that the Republican party doesn’t have their best interests at heart.
We need to be focused on what is important, and I am 100% focused on that. It’s not about taking on establishments this and that. It’s all about Ohio. Harper stated that it is about making Ohio a state of the Future. This is the kind of leadership Ohioans want. It is clear that my opponent, a 20-year-old career politician, intends to keep the status quo.
If they can get past the May primaries, the candidates may face each other in the Nov.8 general election.