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Saturday, June 30, 2007

 10:05 AM 

First District candidates make their pitches

Congressional candidates vying to unseat U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan in the 1st Congressional district made their pitches before delegates and guests this morning.

Paulette Garin, who gave the longest speech of the three candidates, hit on the issues of health care, education, the Iraq war and fiscal responsibility.

Garin criticized Republican leaders who she said use "fear and intimidation as a management style" and added that while fear can be healthy, "it should never be used like it has been to manipulate or incapacitate us."

Garin also spoke against the Iraq war calling it "illegal and unconstitutional" and said it "is and will be the greatest shame ever to be brought upon this nation of ours."

Garin said Democrats "must project an attractive thoughtful platform" and that there is no need to tell Americans what they already know is going wrong. Instead Democrats need to offer solutions, she said.

Another 1st CD candidate, Marge Krupp, gave a lower-key speech, but laid out a multi-pronged platform of ending the Iraq war, fostering family-supporting jobs, and increasing access to affordable health care.

On the Iraq war, Krupp said she's been "against it from the start" and "its end is long overdue."

Krupp said she's for strengthening labor unions and said, "we need more than a higher minimum wage, we need family supporting jobs."

Krupp denounced the high cost of health care in the U.S. and Wisconsin, adding, "it's just not right."

A third 1st CD hopeful, Steven Herr, called for America to travel in a new direction toward a future where the environment is protected, war is engaged in only when necessary, where government is fiscally responsible, stem cell research is supported and the priority for security is social security.

Herr called for making Gov. Jim Doyle's Wisconsin Covenant a national program and extending Senate Dems' Healthy Wisconsin plan nationwide as well.

Herr said the Democratic party is "alive and kicking" and will "kick Paul Ryan out of office."

-- By David Wise

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