Updated: Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012, 8:26 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012, 8:26 PM EDT
WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) -- Democrat Elizabeth Esty and Republican Andrew Roraback met in the 5th District's final debate on Wednesday.
Democrat Esty, the one term former state rep and town leader from Cheshire has been positioning herself as a moderate Democrat willing to make tough decisions.
Roraback, the longtime Republican State Senator from Northwestern Connecticut has positioned himself as the moderate Republican willing to buck his party leadership.
He did it today during a debate, saying he wants the Bush tax cuts to remain in effect for all, but unlike Romney and Ryan, he does not favor any further tax cuts.
"My position is, we should keep tax rates as they currently are, we can't afford to lower anyone's taxes now, but I don't think we can afford to raise them either," Roraback said.
Esty backs President Obama's position.
"Keep in place the 'Bush Tax Cuts' for the middle class but allow the ones at the upper end to expire so that we can begin to really address the deficit, which is critically important," Esty said.
Roraback also says he likes several aspects of Obamacare, but still favors repeal.
"The more I learn about this law, the more uncomfortable I am with the unintended consequences...I was at a supermarket in Torrington where they're no longer going to be able to afford to provide their part time workers with health care coverage because of the reach of this law," Roraback said.
"You cannot have a program that has the things you like, like coverage for pre-existing conditions, covering young people up to the age of 26, insuring no lifetime limits, you can't have all that unless you have a comprehensive plan that insures everyone participates," Esty said.