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Rep. Roskam Blasts Dem Opponent For Exaggerating Wealth Imbalance

September 10, 2018 - 3:32 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- In their latest debate, Republican Congressman Peter Roskam and Democratic challenger Sean Casten clashed on taxes, immigration, President Trump and whose rhetoric is more “out of line.”

The 6th Congressional District candidates sparred before the Daily Herald Editorial Board, where Casten, of Downers Grove, said Republican tax policies are making the gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” about as wide as they’ve been before some historical revolutions.  

Wheaton’s Roskam, the incumbent, felt that went too far.

He said Casten said it’s absurd to suggest that "wage inequities" are the same as when revolutions have occurred. Casten said the last time the wage gap was so wide was just before the Great Depression.

Roskam says Casten has tended to engage in the “politics of ridicule," even though the Democrat chides President Trump for doing the same thing.

Casten says Roskam doesn’t stand up to Trump, especially when the president blames immigrants for many of the economic ills in the nation. 

Casten apologized for previously comparing Trump to Osama Bin Laden. 

Roskam says he has challenged some of Trump’s policies.