Republican Daria Novak and Libertarian Dan Reale joined Green Party candidate Jonathan Pelto and incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, on the stage of the Fine Arts Center at Eastern. 

Novak said the country needs to increase military spending for a “second Cold War period.”

“Our enemies have grown in strength, their militaries are modernizing,” she said.

Novak also said she wants across-the-board tax cuts “for everybody,” but didn’t fully explain how that would help fund increased defense spending.

“We’ll see a growth in the economy,” with the cuts that will cause people to spend more, she said. “It’s snowball in a positive manner.”

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