Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/28/2012 05:37:31 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Congressional opponents Bob Dutton and Gary Miller, both Republicans, continued their campaigns Friday at a forum at Shandin Hills Golf Club.

Dutton, a state senator, and Miller, who serves in the House of Representatives, are competing to represent the new 31st Congressional District.

The San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the debate. The business group’s board members submitted questions on subjects including health care, the economy and immigration.

In response, Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, adopted a somewhat moderate tone whereas Miller, R-Brea, adhered to a more conservative alignment.

For example, when the first question asked the candidates to express their views on the Affordable Care Act, Dutton suggested the law could be improved to reduce costs to small businesses while Miller said the law should be repealed.

“I’m not saying everything with Obamacare is bad, but there are a lot of things that need to be fixed,” Dutton said.

The health care law is particularly controversial because starting in 2014 it will require Americans to pay extra taxes if they do not have health insurance.

“It’s the first time in this country that you have to pay for something if you don’t want it. You have to abolish Obamacare,” Miller said.

Dutton and Miller also said they would support any proposals for a flat tax, or as Miller suggested, a two-bracket tax code as proposed by Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, a House member from Wisconsin.

On immigration, Dutton said an amnesty for illegal immigrants along the lines of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act would not be successful. He also suggested policy could be reformed to help people who come to the United States on education visas earn citizenship and argued against mass deportations.

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