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Hayes, Santos differ on many issues at 5th District debate

October 4, 2018
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Jahana Hayes, left, Democratic candidate for the 5th Congressional District, and Republican candidate Manny Santos face off during a debate, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at Aria Wedding and Banquet Facility in Prospect, Conn. (Jim Shannon/Republican-American via AP)

PROSPECT, Conn. (AP) — In their first debate, the two major party contenders for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District seat gave differing views on everything from President Donald Trump’s tax plan to whether the federal minimum wage should be higher.

Former Meriden mayor and Republican Manny Santos on Thursday praised Trump’s tax overhaul, saying “our economy is doing excellent.” But his opponent, 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes, says Trump’s plan benefits “the smallest percentage of people who need it the least.”

On the $7.25 federal minimum wage, Hayes supports an increase. But Santos says a higher wage means “everything is going to be more expensive.”

He’s also calling the Affordable Health Care Act a failure. Hayes disagrees.

Both hope to the fill the seat now held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty.

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