Reps. Jason Altmire (left) and Mark Critz shake hands before the debate at the WPXI studio in Pittsburgh. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
PITTSBURGH — Reps. Mark Critz and Jason Altmire debated for the second time in as many days this evening, striving to define their differences ahead of the April 24 Democratic primary.
In an otherwise tepid exchange, Critz emphasized his support from local labor unions, and Altmire underscored his Congressional voting record as reason to keep him in office.
“Every major union that has endorsed, has endorsed me,” Critz, serving his first full term in Congress, declared. “What that tells people is there are groups that know both of us, and they know they can trust me.”
Altmire, meantime, cited the more than 4,600 votes he’s cast in Congress since his 2006 election.
“Most importantly, I work hard. I show up for work. I travel the district. I’ve never missed a vote,” he said.
But for the most part, the tone was congenial between two House Democrats, who were moved into the same southwestern Pennsylvania district when Republicans redrew the Congressional map last year.