Some of the most conservative, anti-Washington D.C. comments from a panel of six candidates in the race for U.S. Senate came from the lone Democrat — whose name, ironically, is D.C. Morrison.
Morrison and Republicans Randy Alexander, Gilbert Baker, John Boozman, Kim Hendren and Conrad Reynolds spoke to a small group of 30 onlookers at a forum sponsored by the Fort Smith League of Women Voters on Monday.
Morrison, who will face U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in the Democratic primary race for U.S. Senate, referred to global warming as “junk science” and said the recently passed health care bill should be repealed.
“I’m a conservative and I’m on the Democratic ticket … and I’m opposed to government-run health care 100%,” said Morrison, who grew up as a cotton farmer and is now an agri loan consultant living in Little Rock.
He shares the same viewpoints as the GOP candidates in the race on issues like global warming, card check and health care. Morrison even expressed opposition to a $7.5 million water supply project that benefit about 29,000 residents in eastern Sebastian County and Franklin County.
Baker and Boozman — considered the frontrunners in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate — repeated previous positions that taxes and government regulation are out of control.
“The only way we’re going to shrink government is to cut off the food supply (taxes),” Baker said.
Boozman said uncertainty related to how the new health care law will be implemented and uncertainty about the costs of cap and trade legislation create hesitancy among businesses and individuals.
“That’s (uncertainty) a huge drag on the economy,” Boozman said.
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