Bob Dold, Brad Schneider face off on "Chicago Tonight"
"Bipartisanship" was a common theme of the final televised debate between Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold and Democratic challenger Brad Schneider on Tuesday night.
In their head-to-head appearance on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight", Dold and Schneider repeatedly expressed a willingness to work with members of their opposing political parties if elected to represent Illinois' 10th District in Congress.
Dold pointed out he was one of the few Republicans to vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act. Schneider, a former congressman, said he'd work with anyone who has a good idea and an open mind.
Moderator Eddie Arruza peppered the candidates with questions on health care, gun control, immigration and other issues for about 20 minutes.
Dold, of Kenilworth, and Schneider, of Deerfield, were more civil toward each other than they have been during other appearances on "Chicago Tonight." They disagreed politely when they saw issues differently or wanted to make political points.
One such moment came when Arruza asked Dold -- one of the first Republican lawmakers to say he wouldn't support GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump -- who he's voting for on Election Day. Dold said he'll support a write-in candidate but wouldn't name his choice.
Schneider criticized Dold for appearing at Lake County Republican Party rally with an anti-Hillary Clinton theme earlier this fall while claiming to oppose Trump's candidacy.
As they have on the campaign trail, Dold and Schneider both voiced support for immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship for people living here illegally.
They also agreed more gun control is needed. Both support stronger background checks. Schneider also called for a renewed ban on assault weapons, while Dold simply said such a ban "needs to be on the table."
Both candidates agreed the economy is the most important issue in the race. To deal with it, Dold said the tax code should be revised, while Schneider said the nation's manufacturing should be expanded and the American workforce trained for such jobs.
This is the third showdown between Dold and Schneider. Dold lost the seat to Schneider in 2012 but won a 2014 rematch.
The 10th District includes parts of Cook and Lake counties. It stretches from Lake Michigan into the North and Northwest suburbs.