KTUU Decision 2016: Rep. Don Young vs. Steve Lindbeck
Rep. Don Young, Alaska's lone voice in the U.S. House of Representatives for decades, is running for another term.
The Republican is opposed on the November 8 ballot by Democrat Steve Lindbeck, a first-time candidate and former media executive.
KTUU originally planned to host a live debate with each of the candidates side-by-side, and while Lindbeck agreed, the congressman declined citing scheduling conflicts on the planned Oct. 19 air date.
Instead, both of the candidates -- the only in the race to raise more than $10,000 or earn a major party nomination -- sat down with Austin Baird and Steve Mac Donald to discuss their candidacies.
Young detailed his lengthy record in Congress and pointed out his reputation as one of the most effective lawmakers in Washington, as measured by the Washington Post in 2015. He did however decline to say who he supports in the presidential election, even after both of Alaska's GOP senators backed away from the party's nominee, Donald Trump, after his comments about trying to have sex with a woman married to another man and grabbing women by the genitals without consent.
Lindbeck on the other hand pointed to Young's past controversies and tried to convince voters he is more than this year's Democratic sacrificial lamb.