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November 4, 2012

DECISION 2012: Walorski, Mullen and Ruiz up for seat

GOSHEN — Three candidates will compete Tuesday for Indiana’s U.S. House District 2 seat, which does not have an incumbent. Current District 2 representative Joe Donnelly is running as the Democratic candidate for Indiana’s open Senate seat.

As of Jan. 1, District 2 will include all of Elkhart County. Currently it only includes a small portion of the county.

Democrat Brendan Mullen, Republican Jackie Walorski and Libertarian Joe Ruiz have answered questions for The Goshen News, and their answers follow:

Do you feel U.S. spending is a major issue and if so, how would you go about changing it?

Mullen: Irresponsible spending by career politicians has driven the debt through the ceiling and it’s unacceptable.

We need to responsibly balance our budget by closing tax loopholes that reward companies that ship jobs overseas and ending tax breaks for Big Oil, while keeping the promises we’ve made to our seniors, protecting Social Security and Medicare. We need to cut out the waste, fraud and abuse in our federal government, to create a climate for job growth. I will cut Congressional pay and benefits until both sides of the aisle come together to find solutions, do their job, and balance the budget. I also support eliminating Congressional perks like free healthcare and pensions. The only way to get our debt under control is to hire middle of the road problem solvers who are willing to come to the middle of the table.

Walorski: Yes, government spending is a major issue and Congress must work to get our fiscal house in order to restore fiscal prosperity in our country. I will support a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and will work across the aisle on a bipartisan plan to cut wasteful spending. I support an audit for all federal agencies to ensure they are operating efficiently. The federal government needs to live within its means, not just the Hoosier families.

Ruiz: Spending is the most significant issue in this election. Our national debt has reached over $16 trillion with the U.S. Government spending approximately $40,000 every second. For many Hoosiers that is an entire year’s salary (if not more) being spent in the blink of an eye. Regardless, Congress continues to propose spending increases annually. These practices are unsustainable. Continuing to spend more money than we bring in risks dependency on other nations for borrowing purposes, as well as dependency on our own printing presses to create more U.S. Dollars. Neither is a safe practice. Spending cuts across the board are imperative. However, we must do so in a way that upholds the contracts which we have made with current Social Security recipients and United States Veterans. As your Representative I will never vote to increase taxes or the U.S. Debt Ceiling, but I will challenge our spending practices fervently.

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