Stark differences on energy, taxes and the role of government surfaced Wednesday night at a forum featuring five congressional candidates at Burbank City Hall.
About 120 voters filled the City Council chambers and dozens more watched on a monitor placed on the steps of City Hall as candidates for the 27th and 29th congressional districts clashed at a League of Women Voters Glendale/Burbank forum.
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Republican rival Mark Reed traded barbs while staking out contrasting positions. Rep Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) squared off with Republican John Colbert and Libertarian Bill Cushing.
The Democratic incumbents defended the recent health-care-reform bill and the president's 2011 troop withdrawal strategy for Afghanistan if conditions warrant the change. They also touted their records of pushing for local transportation projects and other regional benefits.
Colbert and Reed vowed to repeal "Obamacare," and called for the government to cut spending and curb what they see as over-regulation of business.