Democratic incumbent Susan Wild and Republican challenger Lisa Scheller sparred over health insurance policy, tax plans and accusations of extremism on Monday during the first 7th Congressional District debate of the general election.



a group of people sitting in a chair in front of a building: The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce holds an event with the recording of the WFMZ tv show Business Matters with Tony Iannelli, who is holding the first debate between 7th Congressional District candidates Susan Wild, and Lisa Scheller, center, at Saucon Valley Country Club. During a recording break.


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The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce holds an event with the recording of the WFMZ tv show Business Matters with Tony Iannelli, who is holding the first debate between 7th Congressional District candidates Susan Wild, and Lisa Scheller, center, at Saucon Valley Country Club. During a recording break.

Scheller was on the offensive from the get-go, criticizing Wild for usually voting with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom Scheller believes is trying to “take us down a road to socialism.” In contrast, Scheller portrayed herself as a business leader who cut taxes and worked across the aisle during her four years serving as a Lehigh County commissioner.

Wild, who in 2018 became the first woman to represent the Lehigh Valley in Congress, pointed out that she was among 14 House Democrats to reject the party’s follow-up coronavirus package, saying it wasn’t specific enough and didn’t do enough to help PA-7 voters. She also noted that 78 Republicans voted for her proposal blocking regulatory changes that would cause health insurance premiums to rise, and that she is working with Republicans on improvements to the paycheck protection program.

“I am by no means a socialist,” Wild said during a one-hour taping of WFMZ-TV 69 1/4 u2032s ‘Business Matters.’ “… I know who I am, and more importantly I believe my constituents know who I am.”

The debate was moderated by Tony Iannelli, president and CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. It will be broadcast in two parts at 7:30 p.m. Monday night and Oct. 12. It was