Yoder Takes Part in Town Hall Meeting

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder has been back in the district for a couple of days since the news broke of his skinny dip incident in the Sea of Galilee. The congressman took part in a town hall meeting in Olathe on Wednesday night.

Even though the incident seems to be on a lot of people's minds, no one brought it up at Wednesday's meeting. The bigger issue was Yoder's stance on abortion after hearing Republican Congressman Akin's statement on Sunday. People also wanted to discuss the economy.

Town hall participants asked questions about taxes, bringing businesses and jobs to Kansas and more. Yoder took questions for almost 40 minutes on Wednesday night.

Three people picketed before Wednesday's meeting. Their signs addressed the skinny dipping incident reading, "you have embarrassed Kansas!"

"I didn't feel any need to talk about that," said voter Jennifer Smith. "I think there are much bigger fish to fry."

Yoder says he wasn't surprised that the incident didn't come up.

"I think people are very concerned about the economy and the national debt and when they get a chance to visit their congressman, it's great for all of us to be able to sit down and talk like the issues."

People who talked to FOX 4 on Wednesday at Olathe City Hall for the town hall meeting said the skinny dipping situation was an issue of character. They felt it wasn't more important than issues that directly affect them.

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