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Peterson talks primary objectives [UPDATED]

Published 11:12am Thursday, October 18, 2012 Updated 11:19am Thursday, October 18, 2012

Holding down Minnesota’s Seventh District for 21 years, DFL Congressman Collin Peterson is running for another term with his focus on the farm bill and responsible government spending.

Peterson is once again running against Republican businessman Lee Byberg, who lost the 2010 election, receiving 37.6 percent of votes to Peterson’s 52.5 percent.

The farm bill will undoubtedly be a hot topic in the race as the 32,000 square mile Seventh District is the fourth largest agricultural district in the country, Peterson said.

“My number one priority is to get the farm bill done,” he said. “That has been my focus and will continue to be my focus until it’s done.”

One of the major changes in the new farm bill is the elimination of the direct payment program. The 1996 farm bill created the program that has provided farmers with direct payments based on acreage regardless of production.

Peterson said he wants to “reduce spending, and move to a more market oriented, risk-based safety net.”

Reducing government spending is a theme in Peterson’s campaign. He said his second priority is to address the nation’s debt problem.

With the U.S. debt topping $16 trillion, some may think the country is in a hole it will never get out of. Peterson said while it will not happen overnight, if the U.S. can work on a bipartisan basis and become more fiscally responsible, the country’s debt problem can be resolved.

“We will need to do something different to get us back on track,” he said. “We need to find people on both sides of the aisle to get on a path to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and get the deficit under control.”

Peterson said he isn’t tied too tightly to his party, and he sees that as a positive.

“I’m a practical guy,” he said. “I will vote with Republicans if I think what they’re doing is right. I don’t get too hung up with ‘what is Republican’ and ‘what is Democrat.’”

  • BWD

    EDITOR JOEL MYHER has his own Agenda when it comes to defending his champion by not pointing out the real Facts or asking Peterson any tough Questions. So let’s look at those Real Living Congressional Record Vote Fact Sheet, shall we:

    - YES on $192Billion additional stimulus spending for Obama & Pelosi. (Collin’s TV Ads say he did not vote for any Stimulus…)
    -Voted NO on overturning Obamacare in just this year, approving and retaining those Federally Funding Abortion Programs and Upholding the Requirements of Private Schools and Hospitals to provide Abortion programs and mandatory Birth control availability, no matter what you believe in.
    -Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011) This was helping our economy grow?
    -Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act’s roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011) More government control in our lives
    -Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. Spend, spend, and spend some more!
    -Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. Collin supports the Union nd collects their PAC Money while telling small business that he is in their corner?
    -Voted YES on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (another huge spending bill with little actually going to farmers)
    -Rated 87% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (says it all, don’t it?)
    -Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Helping our Seniors increase their tax burden)
    -Rated 33% by National Tax Union, as a ‘Big Spender’ on tax votes.
    -Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent.
    -Voted NO on capital gains & income tax cuts. (Collin just does not want you to have any money of your own)
    -Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (I guess Collin wanted more of your Tax money to spend)
    -Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax (“death tax”). (why get rid of an ugly Tax?)
    -Voted NO on eliminating the “marriage penalty”. (Jul 2000) (lets keep that 2 for 1 advantage, right?)

    Oh Yes, Collin just lost his long held and coveted MCCL Anti Abortion Endorsement (Minnesota Concerned Citizens for Life)! Now, Collin calls the folks who are Anti Abortion ‘Extremists’. But Joel won’t tell his readers that.

    • Swede

      “Collin calls the folks who are Anti Abortion ‘Extremists’.”

    • Richard Olson

      Thanks Dave, those are all very good reasons for voting for Collin Peterson.

  • tediam

    I was in the kitchen when I heard Peterson’s commercial on the livingroom TV. I didn’t know it was Peterson . . . I was sure I was listening to a republican.

  • Swede

    Here is the real Collin Peterson, when he is not campaigning:

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