SALT LAKE CITY — Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson is defending his vote last year for a massive federal stimulus package, and saying his Republican opponent would have let the economy sink into a deeper recession.
Matheson debated GOP challenger Morgan Philpot Monday on KUER-FM in Salt Lake City.
Philpot said he would have cut government spending and regulation instead of voting for the stimulus bill.
Matheson noted that more than a third of the $787 billion stimulus package came in the form of tax cuts. He said economists warned at the time that something needed to be done to stop the economy from plunging any further.
The Great Recession lasted from December 2007 to June 2009.
Matheson is seeking a sixth term representing Utah's Republican-leaning 2nd District.
- LDS missionary from Utah dies in Micronesia
- Why Syracuse mom killed her 2 daughters still...
- BYU chemist makes breakthrough discovery on...
- Cyclists killed in early morning crash shared...
- The Draw at Sugar House unveiled
- Utah recognition of same-sex marriage in...
- House approves distracted driving bill
- Gov. Herbert calls 2014 Legislature a success
- Utah recognition of same-sex marriage... 67
- LDS missionary from Utah dies in... 37
- Cyclists killed in early morning crash... 34
- House report: John Swallow hung 'for... 32
- New BYU president: Kevin Worthen to... 28
- Gov. Herbert: I'm an 'action figure' on... 27
- BYU chemist makes breakthrough... 27
- Hatch, Lee call on federal government... 25