Sunday, October 15, 2006

"One candidate wants to stay, other wants change"

One candidate wants to stay, other wants change
BY KURT BACKSCHEIDER | COMMUNITY PRESS STAFF WRITER

U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-1st District) said he wants to continue fighting for working families; Cincinnati City Councilman John Cranley (D) said it's time for a change.

The television commercials are airing more frequently and the debates are getting more heated as November approaches and Chabot tries to retain his congressional seat against Cranley.

Voters in the first district have until Tuesday, Nov. 7, to make up their minds.

Chabot, 53, Westwood, was first elected to the house of representatives in 1994, and is seeking re-election to serve a seventh two-year term.

He said he and his opponent differ on many issues, including immigration, spending, taxes and crime.

"I stand for and have been working to crack down on illegal immigration," Chabot said. "I am for border patrol."

...Wow, isn't that amazing that Chabot proclaimed he is "for border control". That really means a lot. That's like saying "I am for a better economy" or "I am for succeeding in Iraq". Chabot has a vague platform because he is not closely engaged in any important issue like immigration, the war in Iraq, or improving government services in OH-01...

He said the Citizens Against Government Waste have given him the highest lifetime score among all active congressmen for voting against wasteful spending, and he voted to approve tax credits for children, reducing capital gains taxes and lowering taxes across the board.

"I supported the tax cuts that have resulted in the economy turning around," he said.

Chabot said he has voted to cut Section 8 public housing vouchers and is also among the toughest in the House when it comes to cracking down on crime and protecting victims.

"I think my opponent is far too liberal for this district," he said.

"The people in this district know me. They know I stand up for the taxpayers, the small business people and the parents trying to raise their families in safe neighborhoods."

Chabot said he feels confident the people will make the right choice.

Cranley, 32, a Democrat who lives in Price Hill, said he threw his hat in the ring because he thinks Congress can do a better job in the war on terrorism, national security and representing their constituents in Washington, D.C.

"They've failed and we need to make a change," he said.

"Generally they do nothing, and generally they're caught up in corruption and scandal -- that seems to be their biggest accomplishment."

He said the current members of the house of representatives failed to have adequate checks and balances regarding the war in Iraq, have not implemented recommendations of the 911 commission and have done little to decrease the deficit.

Cranley said he wants to raise the minimum wage, implement the recommendations of the 911 commission for national security and develop a plan to be energy independent within the next decade.

He said he also wants to make sure the voices of the people in Ohio's first district are represented on Capitol Hill.

"I represent a different direction," he said.

"The fundamental question is do we need a change or should we stay the same? We need change."

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