FORT MYERS, Fla.- Several big developments in campaign central today, including an unusual news conference with all four candidates running for Congress.
One of the big themes is running a more positive campaign.
This after a decidedly negative tone to all the ads and campaign sparring in the last few weeks.
Tonight WINK News hosted the only real debate among the four.
The Republican congressional candidates agreed the tone of the campaign has been too negative.
Dr. Michael Dreikorn wants all the candidates to stop the negative ads.
"It has not been healthy for our community, for our voters and it has not been healthy for the republican party," said Dr. Dreikorn.
All four, including Lizbeth Benacquisto, said it's a disgrace how military veterans are treated once they return home from war.
"The federal government should honor its responsibility to serve men and women because that was a promise that was made when folks signed no the dotted line to risk their lives," said Benaquisto.
All four agreed, the federal government can do more to help vets get jobs and healthcare when they return home.
One of the biggest topics of the night was the Affordable Care Act.
All the candidates want it repealed, but all of them, including Curt Clawson say if it is--the government may need to rethink it's role on how to cover people with pre-existing conditions.
"So I think that we would have to come up with republicans to solutions to fairness problems if the market doesn't get it totally straight," said Clawson.
On education, all four, including Dr. Paige Kreegel said out with Common Core standards for students and let local schools make the decisions.
"Our curriculum and what our children are taught and the values they bring home from school end up being dictated by a far away Washington D.C.. By Bureaucrats who are not elected like our school board members are, but by people we can't even reach," said Dr. Kreegel.