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U.S. Senate candidates discuss federal budget

Oct. 11, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Sherrod Brown (incumbent)

Race: U.S. Senate

Party: Democrat

Home City: Columbus, Ohio

EDUCATION: 1974, Yale B.A.; 1979, Ohio State M.A., Education; 1981, Ohio State M.A., Public Administration.

OCCUPATION: United States Senator; educator.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: United States Senator 2007-present; United States Representative 1993-2007; Ohio Secretary of State, 1983-1991; Ohio State Representative, 1975-1983.

QUESTION: With strong pressure to reduce expenditures, where would you make significant cuts in the federal budget? Increases?

"While I oppose cutting benefits for Ohioans who rely on Social Security and Medicare, I support several approaches to reducing spending: allow Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices; reform farm programs to save $23 billion, and end $20 billion in subsidies to oil companies reaping huge profits. I support investments in our roads, bridges, and water systems, to save money in the long run and put Ohioans to work to help grow our economy. We should invest in educational opportunities to our children by supporting our teachers rather than demonizing them, and providing grants and affordable loans for higher education. And I was proud to vote to keep taxes low for middle-class families while asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share to help reduce our deficit."

Josh Mandel

Race: U.S. Senate

Party: Republican

Home City: Columbus, Ohio

EDUCATION: B.A., The Ohio State University, 2000; J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2003.

OCCUPATION: State Treasurer.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: City of Lyndhurst, Ohio, City Councilman, (2004-2006); State Representative (District 17), (2007-2010); State Treasurer, (2011-present), Intelligence Specialist and Intelligence Chief, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve and active duty time 2000-2008), including 2 tours in....

QUESTION: With strong pressure to reduce expenditures, where would you make significant cuts in the federal budget? Increases?

We need massive reductions in our spending that reduce the deficit by significant margins in the next few years and allow us to actually pay down the debt shortly thereafter. We do not need budget gimmicks that promise to cut spending while actually allowing for increases in spending. There has been far too large of a gap between rhetoric on cutting spending and actual cuts in spending in Washington today. This needs to change.

Scott A. Rupert

Race: U.S. Senate

Party: Independent

Home City: Mechanicsburg, Ohio

EDUCATION: Formally, no more than the average citizen.

OCCUPATION: Truck Driver (Owner/Operator).

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: I know how hard it is to earn the money congress is spending. I have extensive experience living on a limited budget; not spending more than I earn. Constitutionally, there are two qualifications to be Senator, age and citizenship.

QUESTION: With strong pressure to reduce expenditures, where would you make significant cuts in the federal budget? Increases?

I'm confident that spending can be cut in every area. A return to a constitutional federal government would result in greatly reduced spending, because most of the areas Washington spends money, don't fall within its constitutional authority. There is no reason to maintain a military presence, in foreign countries, unless we are engaged in a conflict sanctioned by Congress. Social programs are filled with waste, fraud and abuse that could be reduced by restoring them to community level and eliminating the federal bureaucracy, that can only spend wealth, it cannot produce it. And, foreign aid, however well intentioned, is best left to the benevolence of individuals, not government. I submit that lower salaries for Congress, and staff, is in order, as well as eliminating their pensions. I can think of no area where federal government should increase spending. America just can't continue to go deeper and deeper into debt.

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