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Fifth District congressional candidates take aim at each other

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The Fifth Congressional District Republican candidate Andrew Roraback accussed his Democratic opponent Elizabeth Esty of being right wing while she said he is trying to hide the truth.

"I think that it is very clear that the parties are presenting very different choices," Esty said.

According to Roraback, Esty said he wants to end Medicare, limit women's reproductive rights and raise the age of Social Security.

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan supports privatizing Medicare and favors stricter laws on when woman can have an abortion. Roraback, who is pro-choice, said he does not support either of those proposals.

"Sadly my opponent and the Democratic National Committee are running ads that are untrue, but designed to scare seniors," he said. "And that's not a constructive way to have a dialogue about the issues."

Esty thinks Roraback is hiding his views because they may be unpopular with some voters. She said the Republican Caucus is not.

Roraback said people under the age of 50 should pay more for Social Security.

The United States House of Representatives, which was under Republican control, tried to push legislation to strip planned parenthood of funding, she added.

Residents at a restaurant in Danbury told Eyewitness News that they are concerned with the current state of the economy and want things to improve.

"People don't want to hear that, we want information," said Marly McMullin of Brookfield. "We don't want to see people bashing each other."

The Fifth Congressional District was held by Republican Congresswoman Nancy Johnson for 24 years, however the largest voting block is currently Independents.

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