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Sound bites from last night’s Fourth District Congressional GOP candidates forum in Richland

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Glen R. Stockwell - “I’m running in this race for one reason, and one reason only. It’s to bring a better economic base to Washington state and employ thousands of people. I’ll be the third generation of people waiting for the Columbia Basin project to be completed [...] I’ve known how to fund this project for years, but you cannot find a leader who will listen.” “In our state we have 300,000 people who need jobs. We have the ability to fund these projects and put people to work. We don’t need the federal government, we can do it ourselves. We take the same methods that Bill Gates and other billionaires have taken and put the money in trust accounts for each project.”

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Dan Newhouse - “Our country is at the crossroads on many, many important issues, and depending on what decisions are made it will determine whether our future is bright or not. I for one am a very optimistic person and I feel our country is great but it needs to have the leadership and the decision makers in place to make the right decisions. I feel I am that person you can send to Washington D.C. with great confidence.” “What we have in this country today is a system where individuals are restricted in how much they can support their favorite candidate, but Super PACs can dump huge amounts of money with no control by any candidate over what they are saying. So I think we have just a ridiculous system to tell you the truth.”

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Kevin Midbust - “I’m the youngest candidate running up here, I’m also single, so all the ladies know who to vote for. This is kind of my whole thing to get the ladies, you know.” “I’ll give you a two-for-one, a balanced budget amendment and repealing the federal reserve. I’ll give you that. That way, our money will get our value back and we’ll actually be able to afford stuff without going into debt.”

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Gordon Allen Pross - “I’ve stood up for 16 years and had eight races for federal seats, and paid for all my own campaigns. I’ve done more than talk, I’ve actually campaigned to do something about it. I’ve offered an opportunity to bring this country back off its backside.” “The way I see it is that liberty and freedom pins its wings on equality. And if you’re not taxed equally, you will remain unequal.”

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Sen. Janéa Holmquist - “While we have a great group of conservatives in this race, what you gain with me is the proven track record to back up my promises and my commitments and my Republican ideals and ideas.” “I’ve shown that you can stand strong to our core principles and still get things accomplished, and we need more of that in Congress. I’ve never voted for a tax increase on Washington citizens. And even amongst insurmountable challenges when I was in a super-minority, I was still able to reach across the aisle and improve our business climate by passing historic worker’s comp reform.”

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George F. Cicotte - “As I’ve listened to voters throughout this district, I’ve realized their top three concerns are fixing health care, balancing the budget and defending our constitution. Yesterday I introduced my contract with Eastern Washington to address these top three concerns.” “The constitution was created in order to form a more perfect union, not to have no union or no government whatsoever. Are background checks an infringement? [...] I would suggest to you that drawn properly, they are not an infringement. I think all of us in this room would be very happy if no crazy person comes in and starts shooting us.”

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Clint Didier - “I’ve lived the American dream. I want to make sure our children, our grandchildren and every generation to come has that same shot at the American dream.” “In the Didier campaign we have a simple equation. More government, less freedom. Less government, more freedom. You see, the greatest threat to the American dream today is the size of the federal government.”

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Gavin Seim - “I didn’t wait for an open position in this race. I challenged Doc Hastings back in December because of his lack of consistency in constitutional voting.” “Liberty is not the fringe, liberty is the foundation. It’s what made this nation. And make no mistake, if we do not start standing up for liberty now, while we still can, our children and our grandchildren will have to take it back at the price of blood.”

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